WEST WINDSOR, N.J. — The Columbia women’s rowing team advanced three pairs to the A Final, highlighting a strong showing for the Lions at the Small Boat Challenge. The first regatta of the fall season took place over the weekend at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J.


Senior Charlotte Buck and sophomore Laurel Quinones put together Columbia’s best finish in the women’s collegiate 2-. The pair took fifth of out 26 in Saturday’s time trials and held true for a fifth-place finish in Sunday’s A Final. Senior Emily Evans and sophomore Liza Ray also qualified for the top final and took sixth, while senior Caroline Herriman and sophomore Hailey Todoroff earned the last of the A Final’s seven spots and finished seventh.


“I think everyone who traveled did a good job of showing up to compete,” said newly appointed head coach Emerson Curry. “It was a great first regatta. Our women rowed very aggressively and weren’t tentative. It wasn’t perfect racing, but they brought a lot of effort and attention to it.”


The top seven pairs from Saturday’s time trials earned their way into the A Final. The next six times advanced to the B Final, followed by six in the C Final and six in the D Final. Along with their three pairs in the A Final, the Lions put two in the B Final and one in the C Final. Other teams competing included pairs from Syracuse, UMass, Rhode Island and St. Joe’s.


A complete list of results from the weekend’s action can be found here.


The Lions gear up for the 53rd Head of the Charles. Collegiate women’s action scheduled for Sunday, October 22, at Charles River in Boston.