WORCESTER, Mass. -- The Simmons University first and second varsity eights both won their respective Petite Final races this morning at the WPI Invitational on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass.
The Sharks first varsity eight posted a mark of 7:32.5 to edge Clark University by just under four seconds on the two-thousand meter course. Assumption College placed third with a time of 7:43.67 and Johnson & Wales University finished fourth at 7:57.16. The Simmons top eight placed fourth in the morning's entry race with a time of 7:18.3, finishing ahead of Assumption by just under 18 seconds and just behind Washington College by just over four ticks. Worcester Polytechnic Institute won the race with a mark of 7:02.5.
Junior coxswain Ally Fecteau (Burlington, Conn.) guided the second varsity in the morning and led the first varsity to victory in the final, followed by sophomore stroke Samantha Kelsey (Salt Lake City, Utah), Emily Niemi (Santa Clarita, Calif.), sophomore Steffi Gaehde (Brookline, Mass.), senior Peizhu Pam Qian (Beijing, China/Developing Virtue Secondary Girls School (Calif.)), juniors Sabrina Belozerova (Newton, Mass.) and Hannah Dike (Leominster, Mass.), senior Nicole Lee (North Reading, Mass.) and first year bow Maggie O'Byrne (Boston, Mass.).
"The two-V had a rocky start this morning, but it was a very good learning experience for the entire boat and they definitely changed tunes for the second race," explained Fecteau. "The one-V was absolutely on fire today and just kept walking away from the competition the entire race."