Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College women's rowing team, which posted a 12-0 record in dual races, won the Head of the Housatonic and the Head of Schuylkill regattas in the fall and the New England Championship title in the spring, and finished third in the ECAC National Invitational Regatta, will compete in the NCAA Division III Championship Regatta for the 12th consecutive season on Friday, May 30 and Saturday, May 31 at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind.. Trinity, ranked No. 1 in the nation for ther majority of the spring season, is one of four NESCAC teams in the regatta which will also include the NCAA Division I and II Championships events. The Bantams, coached by Wesley Ng, earned an at-large bid to the six-team field. Racing begins with heats tomorrow at 8:30 a.m.
Along with Trinity, ECAC and New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Champion Bates, NESCAC rival Williams, Mid-Atlantic Champion Washington College, Wellesley, and league foe Wesleyan were granted NCAA selections. Those six teams will compete for the NCAA Championship title, while the first varsity eights from Puget Sound and William Smith will also compete for the Varsity Eights National Championship but will not have a second boat in the regatta. Williams has won the NCAA title the last eight seasons.
Trinity took either gold or silver in every eights grand final to take the New England Championship Overall Points Trophy title on May 3. Trinity won the varsity-eight grand final by 2.47 seconds over Bates and its second-varsity eight placed second to the Bobcats in the grand final. Trinity captured its second consecutive New England Women's Points Trophy title and its 11th men's and women's combined points title in a row. The Bantams also won the Overall Points Trophy title in the ECAC Regatta at Lake Quinsigamond on May 11. Trinity's second-varsity eight took silver in grand final, while the Bantam varsity eight was third which dropped the boat from first to third in the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Division III National Poll for the first time in five weeks.
In both 2005 and 2008, the Bantam varsity eight won the NCAA Grand Final race, but were outscored in the overall standings due to very strong places by both the first- and second eights from other schools. Trinity's best-ever team finish was a second-place performance in 2008, and the Bantams own third-place showings in 2005, 2009, 2010, and 2013. The Bantam first varsity finished fourth in the grand final and the second varsity was second in the petite final last spring at Eagle Creek.
Trinity will be led by senior Kathryn Hibbard (Winchester, Mass.), who was named to the CRCA All-American First Team and senior coxswain Gwendolyn Schoch (Concord, N.H.) who graced the All-American Second Team. Hibbard was also an All-ECAC honoree, while senior tri-captain Claire Barkin (Weston, Mass.), senior Jillian Zieff (Wayland, Mass.), and sophomore Madeleine Boudreau (Sherborn, Mass.) (Newton, Mass.) were All-NESCAC selections this spring.
Trinity's first-varsity eight lineup for the NCAA Regatta is Schoch, senior tri-captains Barkin, Catherine Guariglia (Glen Rock, N.J.), and Rose Lichtenfels (McLean, Va.), seniors Hibbard, 2013 All-NESCAC Second Teamer Renee Swetz (Newton, Mass.), and Zieff, and juniors Boudreau and Julia Kelling (Pelham, N.Y.). The second-varsity eight will be junior coxswain Sarah Keane (Weston, Mass.), seniors Meredith Apfelbaum (Menands, N.Y.), Margaret Doyle (Westport, Conn.) and Julia Vresilovic (Ardmore, Pa.), junior Kiely MacMahon (Marshall, Va.), sophomores Sarah Black (Groton, Mass.), Claudia Jensen (Bronxville, N.Y.), and Cristina Pretto (Prospect, Conn.), and first-year Deana Pless (Atlanta, Ga.).