BOSTON – For the first time this season, all three heavyweight eight boats won their races at the same event as the University at Buffalo rowing team had a very successful trip to Boston on Saturday. The Bulls faced off against MIT and Massachusetts on the Charles River.
The varsity eight boat, consisting of Alison Sheehan, Rosa Kemp, Hannah Miller-Selzer , Jacklyn Postulka, Heide MacMahon-Manning, Kaitlyn Koscielniak, Shannon David, Sydney Gilchrist and Brittany Ronald finished with a time of 7:27.8, edging second place MIT by less than a second.
The second varsity eight boat of Emily Glasgow, Danielle Carlino, Sarah Gallagher, Deborah Garth, Rachel Cuthbert, Justine Bottorff, Francisca Strange-Sepulva, Brittany Davidson, and Elizabeth Murphy won its race with a time of 7:24.9. Massachusetts finished second with a time of 7:29.2 and MIT finished third with a time of 7:33.3.
The Novice eight boat of Katie Boniello, Sara-Ann Fox, Alyssa Gabel, Melissa Ward, Jessica Levy, Alexa Shoiock, Nicole Ciesielski, Stephanie Iannacchino and Jordyn Phillips cruised to an easy win with a time of 7:41.5. The Bulls finished 12 seconds ahead of UMass and 17 seconds ahead of MIT.
The lightweight eight boat also competed on the Charles River against some of the top lightweight programs in the nation. Made up of Katherine Evely, Margaret Lawn, Megan Klyczek, Julia Hahn, Cornelia Willis, Katie Coffin, Jean Kang, Haley Bryk and Jessica Ashbaugh, the Bulls finished second in their morning heat to advance to the final. In the final, UB finished fourth behind Wisconsin, Stanford and Radcliffe.
Head Coach Rudy Wieler was pleased with the results and likes where the Bulls are heading into next week's CAA Championships. "They did a great job. I'm pleased with the whole crew," Wieler said.