BOSTON, Mass. – The Simmons College Crew team's One Varsity Eight shell was named the New England Women and Men's Athletic Conference Boat of the Week for the week of March 28 to April 3, it was announced today by the league.
The Sharks, who are ranked 11th in the nation in the most recent US Rowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Division III Collegiate Rowing Poll, earn the honor for the second straight week.
The No. 11 Simmons College 1V8 crew placed third on the Charles River in Cambridge and Boston, Mass. as part of the Charles River Racing Series #2 on April 2. The Sharks finished behind No. 2 Bates College, which finished with a time of 7:18.6 and Massachusetts Institute of Technology's lightweight crew, which placed second with a mark of 7:29.6. Simmons turned in a time of 7:41.1 on the 2,000-meter course. Senior Chelsea Foster (Avon, Conn.) sat in the stroke seat for the Sharks, followed by sophomores Phoebe Knox (Scituate, Mass.), Ronnie Bennett (Pottstown, Pa.), Erin Lilienthal (Niantic, Conn.), Erica Bartle (Arlington, Mass.) and seniors Sophie Stone (Greenland, N.H.) and Jess Randolph (Concord, N.C.) ahead of senior bow Jill Bolduc (Methuen, Mass.). Junior Olivia Smiaroski (Northfield, Mass.) pushed the crew from the coxswain perch.
Simmons returns to the water on Saturday, April 9 when it competes in the Donahue Cup on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. and will race again on Lake Quinsigamond the following day in the Clark University Invitational.