Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College women's rowing team, which recorded a 5-10 record in varsity-eight dual races and finished fifth in the petit final at the New England Rowing Championship (NERC) Regatta on Saturday, will compete in the National Invitational Rowing Championship (NIRC) Regatta on Sunday, May 8 on Lake Quinisigamond in Worcester, Mass. The Bantams, coached by Heather Barney (3rd Season), will have three eights entered in the event with heats beginning at 8:20 a.m. on Sunday. The highest finisher among schools from the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) in the NIRC Regatta's varsity-eight race wins the NESCAC title.
The NESCAC Championship is awarded based on performance by conference schools in the varsity-eight grand final race at the NIRC Regatta, while the NESCAC champion earns the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship Regatta in Florida later this month. Last year, Bates won the varsity-eight grand final race with a time of 6:24.113 to win its fourth title in five years. Trinity, Colby, and Williams are the only other schools to win NESCAC women's rowing titles with the Bantams winning the back-to-back league crowns in 2004 and 2005. Top non-NESCAC boats competing this weekend include Worcester Tech, Ithaca, Wellesley, and Smith.
Trinity is led by senior co-captains Erin Gannon (Lincoln, R.I.) and Julia Gorka (McLean, Va.), who are joined in the young varsity eight by classmate Molly McGonigle (Atlanta, Ga.), junior Kirsten Thiim (Acton, Mass.), sophomores Lillian Belletete (Jaffrey, N.H.), Claire Grigglestone (Groton, Mass.), Lucy Hainline (Milton, Mass.) and Aria Mildon (Vashon, Wash.), and sophomore coxswain Courtney Robb (Acton, Mass.). Trinity, which rose to as high as No. 11 in the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) National Poll this spring, is seeded No. 13 in all three NIRC Varsity-Eight races.
This year, the NIRC has a new streaming provider for the races. Below are the instructions to watch the races:
To Get Started:
- Go to locallive.tv
- Click on the "Channels" link at the top right of the page.
- Select US Rowing from the list and click Subscribe.
- Quickly set-up your free account and password.