The Canisius College rowing team will travel to Saratoga Springs, N.Y. to compete in The Head of the Fish on Saturday, Oct. 29. The Head of the Fish will feature over 1600 crews from across the United States and Canada that will race along the 2.3-mile course. The Golden Griffins varsity eight will compete first at 10:05 a.m. followed by the novice eight at 2:42 p.m.
"The Head of the Fish is more about being a part of something bigger, a real opportunity to perform under chaos and what it means to be competitive," said Canisius rowing head coach Joel Furtek. "The Head of the Fish will give us the opportunity to bring more intensity and to see how we stack up against a much bigger field."
The current forecast for Saratoga Springs on Saturday is mostly cloudy with a chance of snow or rain in the afternoon. The projected high is around 40 with the temperature falling into the mid 30s in the afternoon.
The Golden Griffins have faced challenging weather conditions this season. At The Head of the Genesee, the team faced rain and steady winds of 30 mph. The weather provides the team a chance to strengthen its will to battle through adverse conditions.
At The Head of the Fish, the Golden Griffins will compete in a field of 25 crews in the novice eight race, including St. Lawrence, Connecticut, Colgate, Clarkson, UMass, and William Smith.
For the first time at a regatta, the Golden Griffins will compete against a fellow MAAC program as Marist will have four boats registered in The Head of the Fish.
The lineup in the novice eight will be junior Jenn Williams, junior Amanda Kielich, freshman Shannon Tierney, junior Bridget Laszewski, junior Jordan Hagenbuch, freshman Meagan Hayden, junior Stephanie SanFilipo, sophomore Nancy Kennish, and freshman Liz Daly as coxswain. Daly will make her first appearance as the novice-eight coxswain.
The varsity-eight race will feature 18 crews, including Canisius. The crews scheduled to compete includes Colgate, Connecticut, UMass, St. Lawrence, Binghamton, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Vermont, and MAAC opponent Marist.
The varsity-eight lineup will include junior Kathleen Riley, junior Samantha Robinson, senior Jessica Leemans, senior Krystyna Dross, junior Julia Roache, senior Hilary Hamp, senior Hannah Ball, senior Bridget Wodowski, and freshman Allie Haar as coxswain.