WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Saint Mary's women's rowing program had its first race of the season, traveling West Sacramento to participate in the annual Head of the Port hosted by the River City Rowing Club. The Gaels had five boats competing in two events.
"It was good to get out there and race," said head coach Nicole Younts. "It's the first step and we have some work to do, but I'm happy with the progress we've made in just a few weeks on the water."
The first race of the year was the collegiate eights. Saint Mary's had two boats that competed against a boat from the Marin Rowing Association and seven boats from California. SMC finished sixth and eighth in the open eight race. The lineup for SMC A was: Coxswain Kaila Garza, Haley Adams, Dana Cook, Maryann Concannon, Deanna Estes, Nathalie Lambrecht, Stacey Boss, Savina Brown, and Christina Bennett. The SMC B was Coxswain Mareme Diakhate, Rachel Alvarez, Alex Iwaszewicz, Taylor Cole, Michelle Felmlee-Gartner, Tessa Cunha, Samantha McCarrell, Nicolette Pierantoni, and Brandy Cho.
Later in the morning Saint Mary's sent out three boats to compete in the open four event. The Gaels finished fourth, sixth and eighth against a boat from River City Rowing Club and three boats from California. The lineup for SMC A was: Coxswain Natalie Livingston, Dana Cook, Maryann Concannon, Deanna Estes, and Haley Adams. Behind them was the boat manned by: Coxswain Kaila Garza, Christina Bennett, Nathalie Lambrecht, Stacey Boss, Savina Brown. The lineup for SMC C was: Coxswain Mareme Diakhate, Rachel Alvarez, Michelle Felmlee-Gartner, Kira Paulin, Rebecca Beutler.
Saint Mary's will return to the water on October 23 and 24 when SMC sends their Open 4 boat back to Boston Mass., to participate in the prestigious Head of the Charles regatta.