SHELTON, Conn. -- CGA Rowing came away with victories in the V8s for both the men and the women and the women added on a second victory with a win in the Varsity 4.
The day started for the Bears with three men's boats racing in the "non-IRA" event - that was more rowers in one race than were on the team at one point a few years back. One of the men's team tri-captain senior Andrew Niedbala stated, "It's been incredible to see the team grow... Winning this race is a good start to the year."
The varsity women kept the winning going with a win in their non-D1 varsity race by beating second place Trinity College by six seconds. Next down the course was the women's novice 8 in a race that combined all NCAA divisions in one race. As co-captain Kirsten Sharp noted, "I am especially proud of our novice eight, most of whom have never raced before - they looked like a very seasoned crew."
The final victory of the day came from the women's four. The four again beat second place Trinity College and a second CGA boat who placed third in the race. As much as you don't really have many standouts in rowing where everyone has to work in unison, sophomore Katherine Long was the star today, as the 7 seat in the winning eight and 3 seat of the winning four.
In understated fashion Sharp gave the closing line, "The Bears had a good day today... We have big things ahead of us this year."
The team is back in action next weekend in Hadley, Mass. at the Hadley Chase.