HADLEY, Mass. – The Dartmouth women’s rowing team opened the 2017-18 season at the Hadley Chase on a beautiful Saturday on the Connecticut River.
The event, in its inaugural year, was hosted by UMass. The Big Green raced twice; once in small boats in the morning and then in 8s in the afternoon. Dartmouth won every event that it entered.
“This was a good first race for our team,” head coach Wendy Bordeau said. “I was proud of the ‘any seat, any boat, any day’ mindset that everyone embraced in the small boats, especially the pairs. The women were able to execute the technical changes we’ve been working so hard on in the 8s and everyone raced hard. Many of the women in the lower boats really stepped up today. I’m excited to shuffle things up and see how much faster we can go at the Head of the Charles and the Princeton Chase.”
The Green took the top four spots in the 2s. Dartmouth’s A boat led the way (19:53.8) and was followed by C (20:40.3), the B boat (21:05.5) and the D crew (21:26.4), leaving another 20 seconds before Marist’s A boat completed the course.
In the Varsity 4+, the Big Green’s A crew (19:26.6) out-finished UMass by just seven seconds (19:33.6) to place first. Dartmouth B was fourth (19:44.7) and C placed eighth (20:44.4). The Big Green novices raced for the first time in their collegiate careers to place top in the 8+ (17:56.1), leaving almost two minutes between them and Tufts.
Four of the top seven spots in the Varsity 8+ went to Dartmouth. The A boat finished in 17:39.3 and was followed by C and D with times of 18:27.6 and 18:39.5, respectively. The B crew was seventh (18:53.0). The Big Green ended their first weekend of competition in the Varsity 8+ 500-meter dash, entering an A and C boat. The A crew was first (1:38.6), being followed soon after by Fordham (1:41.7), while C was third (1:45.0).
“We were impressed by how smoothly this race went,” Bordeau continued. “The UMass staff put a lot of time and effort into making this event a success and it showed. Overall, it was a great event that we will surely return to.”
Next up for Dartmouth will be the Head of the Charles next Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21-22.