Miami Rowing Completes Home Spring Debut against Connecticut

Miami Rowing Completes Home Spring Debut against Connecticut

March 10, 2010

North Miami Beach, Fla. – The University of Miami first varsity eight crew collected a win on Wednesday, as UM competed against the University of Connecticut in four total races on the Indian Creek Waterway in North Miami Beach, Fla. The races were used as scrimmages for the Hurricanes and Huskies, as the first formal regatta for UM won’t occur until April.

The day began with two races held in varsity eight action, as the race took place over the 1,400-meter course.

The Hurricanes varsity eight crew crossed the finish line with a time of 4:50.1 to earn the win over the Huskies, with UConn’s “A” boat coming in at 4:57.4. UConn also fielded a second boat in the race, that one timing at 5:05.2.

In the race, Miami used the crew of Maria Siemann (bow), Kate Rickers (2), Katalin Horvath (3), Molly Thornton (4), Monika Sajincic (5), Theresa Recicar (6), Hana Janatova (7), Sarah Medland (stroke) and Heather Hollembeak (coxswain).

In the second varsity eight race, UConn pulled away just ahead of the Miami boat in the end, using a winning time of 4:53.0 to finish ahead of Miami (4:53.2). The Hurricanes did collect a win over the Huskies’ “B” boat, which crossed at 5:16.1.

“In all, there were some positive things to take away from the scrimmaging today,” stated first-year UM head rowing coach Andrew Carter. “Unlike the Michigan matchup, there were no stroke rate caps which left the door open for the crews to experiment with various things. The UConn crews were pretty aggressive in this department, and certainly came ready to push their envelope in this early part of the season. Our varsity crew was a bit more conservative and put the lid on close to 30 strokes per minute with a few short periods at 32.”

In novice action, UConn collected both race victories, but the Hurricanes stuck close to the Huskies in the first race. The Huskies finished at 5:08.0, while Miami followed at 5:24.0 in the race.

UM used the team of Andrene Reid (bow), Blair Hammerick (2), Taylor Forster (3), Cally Allen (4), Aditi Sharmi (5), Brittany Pirie (6), Andrea Martinez (7), Carin Mazaira (stroke) and Alisha Bacchus (coxswain).

In the second novice race, UConn went out to an early lead, one it wouldn’t relinquish, as the Huskies raced to a time of 5:05.0, while the Hurricanes trailed in second at 5:20.0. For the UM novice crew, this was the first action for many of them as Hurricanes, with many of the newcomers joining the team following the fall campaign.

“I think we accomplished some good things today, and had an opportunity to test some people in new positions and on new sides,” continued Carter. “We’ll take the lessons into the next couple of weeks of training as we prepare for our first formal regatta at Indiana.”

The Hurricanes won’t get back on the water again until Apr. 2-3, when Miami takes part in the Dale England Cup, hosted by the University of Indiana in Bloomington.

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Miami Lineups – vs. UCONN…

Varsity 8+
Bow: Maria Siemann
2: Kate Rickers
3: Katalin Horvath
4: Molly Thornton
5: Monika Sajincic
6: Theresa Recicar
7: Hana Janatova
Stroke: Sarah Medland
Coxswain: Heather Hollembeak

Novice 8+
Bow: Andrene Reid
2: Blair Hammerick
3: Taylor Forster
4: Cally Allen
5: Aditi Sharmi
6: Brittany Pirie
7: Andrea Martinez
Stroke: Carin Mazaira
Coxswain: Alisha Bacchus