Women's Rowing Defeats MIT in Lightweight Races on Charles River Saturday

Jiana Schnabel rowed stroke for the Jumbo Novice

CAMBRIDGE – The Tufts University women's rowing team competed in lightweight events against MIT on the Charles River Saturday and won all three of their races.

In the first varsity race, the Jumbos finished with a 7:02.989 time to MIT's 7:08.058 finish. Tufts won the second varsity race by a wider margin of 7:37.081 to 7:45.257. The Jumbo novice boat had a largest gap between them and MIT with a 7:40.240 time compared to the Engineers' 7:54.170.

Tufts' lightweight first varsity featured junior coxswain Annelise Ryan, junior Emma Conroy, sophomore Libby Lichter, freshman Prairie Hammer, sophomore Miranda Finestone, freshman Camden Myles, sophomore Bibi Lichauco, junior Sera Busse and senior Natalia Kastenberg.

For the second varsity lightweight, the Jumbos lined up with junior coxswain Caroline Talbert, sophomore Miriam Weiss, freshman Grace Fabrycky, freshman Laurel Haeger, sophomore Maddie Orzeske, senior Hayley Cohen, freshman Julia Turner, sophomore Maia Tarnas and sophomore Erika Madrian.

Freshman coxswain Jill Armenia, freshman Jiana Schnabel, freshman Sidney Tanioka, freshman Kathryn Luhrman, freshman Maddie Clarke, sophomore Lauren Drohosky, freshman Glynnis Cummings, freshman Ally Lee and freshma Risa Williams comprised the Jumbo novice entry.

Lightweight rowing is different from regular "Division I" rowing because of the requirements on the athletes. Each member of the team on a lightweight squad is required to be at 130 pounds or less to qualify for racing. Division I rowing has no limitations on the weight of rowers. Lightweight rowing is also part of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships rather than the NCAA.

According to Tufts assistant coach Rachel Schlosser, lightweight rowers are often similar in speed to Division III because of the mixture of body types. Tufts, like many D3 schools, has a lot of lightweight women on the team, but no separate category for that among D3 competition.

The Jumbos will race at the New England Rowing Championships on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester next Saturday.