and Women's Crew season in review
The 2002 Holy Cross men's and women's crew programs also
enjoyed remarkable success this spring. The men's team finished
a tremendously successful season by capturing the New England
Championship title, while the women's team carried the success
even further by taking home the Avaya Crown.
The men's season was highlighted by the program's first
ever New England Rowing Championship. The Crusaders racked
up 24.3 points to bring home their first team trophy in the
42-year history of the meet. The men's championship run was
led by the men's varsity eight team of Colin P. O'Callaghan
'02 (Glencoe, Ill.), Keith A. Reardon '04 (Leominster,
Mass.), Christopher J. Schultz '02 (Schenectady, N.Y.), Conor
M. Devine '05 (Orchard Park, N.Y.), Richard J. Freniere
'02 (Paxton, Mass.), Roger W. Ross '02 (Philadelphia,
Pa.), Stephen D. Ruane '03 (Annandale, N.J.), David
W. Rancourt '04 (Winslow, Maine) and Brendan M. Bedell
'02 (Glenview, Ill.).
The men also won the gold medal in the men's second novice
eight race. Holy Cross then placed third in the second varsity
eight race on its way to 24.3 points. Coast Guard finished
in second place with 18 points. At the beginning of July,
the men's team competed in the Henley Regatta in England.
The women's team was also successful, boasting one of its
best seasons in recent memory. Outstanding regular season
performances boosted the team's confidence heading into the
championship portion of the schedule. The women's varsity
eight crew finished the regular season undefeated. The team
then placed third at the New England Championships losing
to Boston College and Williams. However, the Crusaders quickly
rebounded to capture the gold medal at the Avaya Collegiate
Championships. The performance was the program's first ever
gold medal effort.
The boat was made up of (bow to coxswain) Elizabeth S.
McCawley '04 (Madison, N.J.), Rebecca A. Smith '02 (Torrington,
Conn.), Marie E. Golden '02 (Stamford, Conn.), Maura
A. Droney '05 (West Hartford, Conn.), Catherine
Eberl '03 (Buffalo, N.Y.), Dana L. Betts '03 (Naples,
N.Y.), Angela M. Archambault '02 (Whitinsville,
Mass.), Melissa A. Irving '04 (Westminster, Mass.)
and coxswain Madeline M. Chiampou '02 (Buffalo,
N.Y.). Holy Cross finished with a time of 7:05.57, outlasting
Gonzaga University which finished in second place with
a time of 7:06.08. Ithaca College placed third, while Williams
College finished in fourth place.
Holy Cross ended the year losing to only two boats, Williams
College and Boston College. The team was later able to avenge
its loss to Williams at the Avaya.
Rebecca Smith was named First Team All-New England by the
Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association, while Marie Golden
earned Second Team All-New England accolades. In addition,
Madeline Chiampou earned All-New England Scholar Athlete
honors to help round out the Crusaders' individual accomplishments.
Holy Cross' success this season proved that the Crusaders
are never out of contention for regional and national recognition.
The experience and honors gained by the team this year will
continue Holy Cross' long tradition of excellence in rowing
in future seasons.