Women's Rowing in Play for NCAA Berth After Strong Showing at NIRC on Friday

Prairie Hammer helped propel the 1V8 to third in NESCAC

WORCESTER - The Tufts University women's rowing team will find out on Monday if its performance at the National Invitational Rowing Championships (NIRC) on Lake Quinsigamond today was strong enough to earn the Jumbos an NCAA berth.

With the event also serving as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship, Bates College clinched the league's automatic berth into the NCAA's. However, Tufts was third in the conference and has a good resume for consideration as an at-large berth into the NCAA's. The national championship field will be announced on Monday at 7 p.m.

A number of factors from both today's NIRC and last weekend's New England Rowing Championships weigh into the NCAA decision, but the Jumbos have put themselves into the conversation. Today they were second in their heat with a 6:39.664 time over 2,000 meters. In the grand final they placed fifth overall (6:55.290) and third in NESCAC. Bates won the race (6:45.422) and Williams College was second (6:45.823). Tufts was ahead of NESCAC foes Wesleyan, Colby, Hamilton, Trinity and Connecticut College (who scratched). Among 19 first varsity eights at the event overall, the Jumbos were fifth.

For the Jumbo 1V8, junior Annelise Ryan was coxswain with 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.

Tufts was fifth in NESCAC for the second varsity eight. The Jumbos were third in their heat with a 7:14.486 mark, which put them in the petitie final. There they were fifth with a 7:17.836. Bates won the grand final in the 2V8 (6:41.340), with Wiliams and Wesleyan also in the grand final. Colby was ahead of the Jumbos in the petite final, crossing the finish line second in 7:05.996. For the 2V8 overall, Tufts was 11th out of 17.

The 2V8 boating for Tufts was junior coxswain Caroline Talbert, sophomore Erika Madrian, freshman Grace Fabrycky, freshman Laurel Haeger, sophomore Miriam Weiss, senior Hayley Cohen, sophomore Maddie Orzeske, sophomore Maia Tarnas and freshman Julia Turner.

The Jumbo novice eight also competed in a straight final today, placing fourth out of seven with a 7:31.500 effort.

With their finishes in each race, Tufts took sixth in the NIRC women's point trophy with a 43.00 score. The Jumbos were second in the combined (men's and women's) point trophy standings. The Tufts total of 105.00 was behind only Bates (120.00). Williams at 102.00 was third.