MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Wesleyan University women's crew set a program record with five all-conference selections—seniors Amanda Molitor, Sophia Shoulson, Nicole Gershberg, junior Rachelle Flowers and sophomore Rachael Crunkleton—while senior Chris Wyckoff represented the men's side when the league announced its 2018 NESCAC Men's and Women's Rowing All-Conference Teams on Wednesday afternoon.
The 10-member squads are comprised of individuals from the eight league teams based on each team's finish at the NESCAC Championships, which are held in conjunction with the National Invitational Rowing Championship (NIRC).
Wyckoff earned the first all-conference accolade of his career as he was named to the Second Team for his performance at the NIRC. The Cardinals finished fourth in the NESCAC in the Second Varsity 8, as they claimed the petite final with a time of 6:06.700, four seconds ahead of the second-place team WPI. Wesleyan also finished ahead of Hamilton (6:12.296) and Williams (6:14.914) in the final event. The Cardinals qualified for the petite final in the Varsity 8 as well and finished sixth in the conference.
On the women's side, Flowers, Molitor and Shoulson were all named to the First Team while Crunkleton (coxswain) and Gershberg earned Second Team honors. The five all-conference selections are the most by a Wesleyan squad since the NESCAC began honoring all-league teams in 2009-10. It is also the first All-NESCAC award for each member.
The Cardinals excelled at the NIRC, earning two medals while narrowly missing out on a third. In the 2V8, Wesleyan finished third out of seven conference boats, as well as third overall in the 17-team field, with a time of 6:49.896. The Cardinals were narrowly edged by Williams who placed in 6:48.358. Additionally, in the 3V8, Wesleyan finished third out of six conference boats and third overall in the 11-team field with a time of 7:03.886.
In the V8, the Cardinals placed second in the NESCAC out of eight boats as they crossed the finish line in 6:30.885 ahead of Tufts (6:35.000) and Little Three rival Williams (6:35.171). Wesleyan's time was also good for fourth overall in the 21-boat field.
The women's performance at the NIRC helped earn them an at-large bid to the 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Rowing Championships on May 25-26 in Sarasota, Fla.