This past weekend, May 13th through 15th, the team traveled to Nashville to race in ACRA Henley, hosted by Vanderbilt University. When taking practice strokes on Saturday, the water was choppy. By Sunday morning, it had cleared up making for great racing conditions.
The varsity women raced a single rowed by Lindsey Cusack and a double rowed by Vanessa Aceves and Lexi McGargill. Lindsey also raced in a double with a member of the Carnegie Mellon team, racing against the Illinois double. The varsity women’s four beat Xavier, rowing a 9:02.2.
The varsity men raced an eight, stroked by Curtis Bezault. The team got fifth out of eight teams after two days of racing. The boat beat Wichita State by twelve seconds, rowing a 6:37.3, and Tulane University.
The novice women raced an eight, stroked by Kastania Dahlen, and a four which had rotating lineups. The eight finished second, rowing a 7:42 to beat Florida. The four finished third, beating Virginia Commonwealth University and Washington University. The women’s four finished at 3rd place and the eight finished at 2nd.
The novice men raced an eight, stroked by Raymond Pu, a four, and a JV eight. The eight beat Florida’s novice crew. The MN8 also had a tight race against UGA’s JV boat pulling ahead in the last 100m to win by 0.8 seconds. In the four, the men lost to UGA by four seconds and beat Tulane, rowing a 8:09.2.