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Sports Digest

Men's 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.

 

 

 

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