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Women's Crew Ranked No. 1 in Preseason Poll; Opens 2017 Spring Season Saturday

Women's Crew Ranked No. 1 in Preseason Poll; Opens 2017 Spring Season Saturday


The Wesleyan University women's crew team is on an incredible run as it prepares to open its spring season this Saturday, March 25 at the Murphy Cup in Philadelphia, Pa. After a perfect fall campaign, in which the team claimed first in all three regattas it competed in, the Cardinals earned the No. 1 ranking in the 2017 USRowing/CRCA Preseason Poll.


Last spring, Wesleyan's Varsity 8 crew earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Rowing Championships and finished third overall (6:47.824) to take home bronze. In the fall, the team picked up right where it left off as the Cardinals cruised to three-straight first-place finishes under Head Coach Pat Tynan, who is in his eighth year at the helm of the program. Wesleyan finished first out of 12 teams in the Riverfront Recapture to open the season, and then claimed the Head of the Charles out of 28 boats three weeks later. The team wrapped up the fall campaign with a first-place finish out of 20 teams at the Head of the Fish.

The Cardinals' 2017 roster consists of eight seniors, four juniors, 13 sophomores and 10 freshman. Six members from last year's bronze medal Varsity 8 boat return to the lineup this spring – coxswain Elisa Greenberg '18, Ava Miller-Lewis '17, Rachelle Flowers '19, Annalee Holmdahl '17, Emma Halter '17 and Amanda Molitor '18. Molitor was named a 2016 Division III Pocock All-American as a sophomore last season, and looks to excel again in her junior campaign.

Wesleyan's 2017 spring schedule features the Murphy Cup followed by three-quad races and a dual-regatta against No. 3 Williams College. The New England Rowing Championships will begin Saturday, May 6, and the ECAC/National Invitational Rowing Championship is scheduled for Friday, May 12. Both regattas will take place on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass.


"We obviously had a very strong fall, but this group doesn't take anything for granted."