Story Links PHILADELPHIA – Villanova put in a strong performance at Saturday’s Head of the Schuylkill regatta in Philadelphia, putting him halfway through his fall schedule.
Four of Villanova’s boats finished in under 15 minutes, three of them under 2.30pm.
“We had a great day on the water with lots of learning opportunities,” said head coach Carissa Adams. “The weather was perfect for racing and helped our team and supporters come together to celebrate our program. We started the day with a prayer service delivered by Father Bill Donnelly, who emphasized celebrating and remembering the importance of community.
“We had a great day on the water with lots of learning opportunities,” said head coach Carissa Adams. “Overall, the day was perfect. We had great weather, strong competitive performance and we were able to celebrate our program with our team and community of supporters. It was great to reconnect with our alumni, talk to our parents and a positive racing experience for our student athletes. I am proud of the efforts our student athletes have put in today and the steps we have taken this year to keep up the pace.”
Villanova had two teams in the top 20 of the Women’s Championship Four standings which consisted of 52 boats. The team of Cate Donnelly (pilot), MK Coolican, Maggie Coyne, Kara Dempsey, Erin Welch came in ninth in 14:44,858.
“I was really impressed with the performance of these four,” said Adams. “This lineup has three freshmen and two seniors.”
With a time of 15:00.493 the shield of Madison Girard (coxswain), Corinne Gardner, Olivia Krause, Alexandra Petrozzi and Madeline McCarthy took 19th place. Villanova was 16 seconds away from a third team in the top 20 with Tai Henderson (coxswain), Anna Flynn, Isabella Thorne, Grace Quirk, Rose Baker finishing 24th, clocking 15:24.238. The final Wildcat crew in the race consisted of Gianna Zajac (coxswain), Lydia Deppmann, Julie Kreisl, Sabrina Pauli, Caroline Shea, who took 39th place in 16:09.206 despite some technical issues on the course and a complete stop during the race after being hit by another crew.
In the Women’s Club Championship Eights, there were just 13 seconds between Villanova’s boats with impressive finishes in a field of 46. The team of Girard (coxswain), Deppman, Flynn, Baker, Kreisl, Pauli, Quirk, Gardner, Shea posted a 14 :05.134 finish that was good enough for the 22nd. Zajac (mate), Cecilia Jenkins, Addison Wittnebert, Madelyn Wells, Kelechi Onuigbo, Olivia Frizzell, Isabella Thorne, Sofia Lopez, Jenna Nolan crossed in 14:18,018, good enough for 29th.
“I was especially impressed with Zajac’s boat as it was the first race experience for our walk-ons, Jenna Nolan, Addison Wittnebert and Madelyn Wells,” said Adams. “They’ve done a fantastic job of staying calm and embracing the experience.”
Villanova’s final race of the day came in the Women’s Championship Eights. The shell of Cate Donnelly (coxswain), McCarthy, Petrozzi, Krause, Coyne, Coolican, Sheila Joyce, Dempsey, Welch finished seventh out of 10 boats in the field, with a time of 13:18.897, the fastest of all Villanova boats. boats on the day.
“This boat performed strongly and we were able to overtake some of our competitors we played with on Navy Day two weeks ago,” said Adams.
The Wildcats close out the fall on November 5 with a trip to Bucknell.