“Our focus was to stay committed to our race,” said senior coxswain Sarah Eastley. “Last weekend showed us the kind of racing and the demand from ourselves that we always want to have, and we came to this race with an understanding of that.”
And with two boats — the first varsity eight and the novice eight — finishing first and every boat finishing in at least the top 15 places, the team felt it succeeded in remaining committed and driven.
The first varsity eight came in first by a margin of 10.51 seconds, with the second varsity eight posting a fourth-place finish by a margin of less than a minute. The novice eight finished in first by a margin of 1:36.15.
While the varsity fours did not come in first, they finished in second, third, eighth, ninth and 14th, with the last boat finishing less than four minutes after the first place boat.
"We really came together in each of our races and rowed well as a unified team," said junior Lauren Colberg.
Eastley said the team is extremely pleased with its performance, especially with the improvement in standings from the last time they raced at Occoquan in 2012.
Coach Haney agreed.
“I think we really improved on technical efficiency and making sure we got the most out of every stroke we can,” she said. “At the pace we’re going, we definitely feel like we’re moving in the right direction.”
Although the official season for rowing is not until the spring, this weekend and the last seem to be good indicators of the successful results the team will put forth next semester.
"The results reflect our depth as a program," Colberg said. "I think the improvement from last week to this week shows the potential this spring holds when we race faster teams."