Depth in Women’s Crew leads to speed

Colby Women’s Crew entered the season ranked 15th in the country after a strong spring 2014 season. This fall the team returned many of their top rowers including second team All-American Sophie Suechting ’16. The women’s top boat performed well in both of their major competitions this fall, the Textile River Regatta, the Quinsigamond Snake Regatta, and the Head of the Charles Regatta.

Libby Huber ’17 commented on the progress the team has made saying: “I know that it was extremely difficult for Coach Stokes to decide [who to race] and I think that says a lot about the depth of our team and how fortunate we are to have so many talented women to choose from.” She commented on how the team is able to push each other, saying, “Even at practice, the faster boat is never more than a couple seconds ahead of the second boat, which  makes for better competition and more effective practices. Not only are there 16 rowers, but also there are two very talented varsity coxswains, both of which could easily be in the top varsity boat.”

The practice paid off as the varsity women crew was able to capture fourth place at the Textile River Regatta. At the race, the varsity crew crossed the finish line with a time of 21 minutes and 49 seconds while the second Colby crew rowed a time of 23 minutes and eight seconds to capture the tenth spot. The top boat was only 20 seconds behind the first place crew and was narrowly beat out for the final podium spot by a seasoned Worcester Polytechnic Institute squad racing close to home.

In the Quinsigamond Snake River Regatta, the varsity crew rowed to a top ten finish, coming in seventh place with an impressive time of 15 minutes and 53 seconds. The Quinsigamond Snake Regatta features some of the premier crews from around New England including teams from outside Division III. Standing out in their first race was the Colby novice crew who finished in eighth place out of 21 competitors in the novice race. The inexperience of the entire crew did not hamper their time, as they clocked in with a time of 18 minutes and 38 seconds that would of earned them the 24th spot in the varsity race.

One of the most well known races in the world is the Head of the Charles Regatta featuring the best teams around for both the college varsity division and the professional division. Despite the talent present at the regatta, the women’s varsity crew placed 17th rowing across the finish line with a time of 18 minutes and 34 seconds. Huber commented on the race saying: “Even if we didn’t get an outstanding place, it was still amazing to be surrounded by so many amazing crews.”

Colby crew will compete in the fall Colby-Bowdoin-Bates Regatta to finish out their season. “The season as a whole has been really great so far and we can’t wait to see how the team will do this spring,” remarked Huber.