The Canisius College rowing team concluded its first fall season at The Head of the Fish in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. on Saturday. Racing along a 2.3-mile course, the novice eight finished seventh among 23 crews and the varsity eight came in 17th.
"Overall, I'm proud of the way we carried ourselves and competed," said Canisius rowing head coach Joel Furtek. "We have much to do before our spring season, but our staff have been through this process before and our student-athletes are committed to the program. Rather than be troubled by how far we have to go, we're excited at the prospect!"
Among 23 crews, the novice eight finished seventh. The field of the novice eight included including St. Lawrence, Connecticut, Colgate, Clarkson, UMass, William Smith, and MAAC opponent Marist. This marked the first race for the Golden Griffins against a fellow MAAC opponent.
The novice eight were led by freshman coxswain Liz Daly and sophomore stroke Nancy Kennish. Joining Daly and Kennish in the novice eight were junior Jenn Williams, junior Amanda Kielich, freshman Shannon Tierney, junior Bridget Laszewski, junior Jordan Hagenbuch, freshman Meagan Hayden, and junior Stephanie SanFilipo.
"The novices put in a great race today, and despite a few miscues on the course, they were a couple seconds out of the top five," stated Furtek. "None of them is satisfied with this but all of them are motivated to continue up the steep learning curve that defines this first year of our program."
In the varsity eight race, the Golden Griffins finished 17th in a field that included Colgate, Connecticut, Binghamton, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Vermont, and Marist.
"None of us is pleased with the competitive result, but we have to agree that we now have a baseline for our program's speed," said Furtek. "I see in this group of women, the makings of a far more competitive crew once we've had some more training time together."
After successful outings at The Head of the Genesee and The Head of the Fish, the Golden Griffins have concluded their fall racing schedule. Although the Griffs' competition schedule is complete, the team has four weeks of training remaining out of the Frank Lloyd Wright Fontana before heading into exams and winter break.