Washington debuts at No. 13 in USRowing poll

Washington College women’s head rowing coach Kari Hughes and Lizzie Bienert fist bump for good luck as the women’s varsity eight prepares to push away from the dock March 30. From stroke to bow are Erika Reynolds, Kelin McCloskey, Breanna Lanphear, Gabrielle Francis, Bienert, Emma Hogan, Agnes Anderson and Karis Marano. The coxswain is Olivia Robb. Also standing on the dock is assistant coach Lauren Shaw.

CHESTERTOWN — Washington’s women made their first appearance in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association poll for Division III last week, checking in at No. 13 in the nation.

WC had just won the overall points trophy at its invitational March 30, racing against No. 8 Wellesley, Division I Saint Joseph’s and several Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference rivals.

The Shore ladies are the six-time defending MARC champions.

Washington edged Wellesley, 117-113. Saint Joseph’s was third with 111 points.

Schools with multiple entries in an event received points only for their top-performing entries.

WC’s first varsity eight and varsity four placed second and its second varsity eight was third.

The Shore ladies were in Shrewsbury, Mass., over the weekend, competing in two separate regattas on Lake Quinsigamond.

On Saturday, Washington won the first and second varsity eight races in a regatta hosted by Clark University. Also there were MARC rival Johnson and Wales, Connecticut College and Division II Assumption.

The following morning, Washington competed against schools that included No. 3 (and host) Worcester Polytechnic Institute and No. 12 Hamilton. Washington placed third in the grand final of the second varsity eight and fourth in the grand final of the first varsity eight.

All told, there were eight schools.

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