“I thought our teams performed exceptionally well today,” Haney said. “Some of the race times were uncertain and there were just a lot of questions about conditions. The fact that they didn’t let any of those things deter what they came to achieve today, I thought that they did exceptionally well with that.”
The women’s varsity 8+ team beat out Grand Valley State University by just 2.61 seconds, but it doesn’t matter to senior Victoria McGee, because a win is a win.
McGee, who is one of the team’s captains, participated as a member of the varsity 8+ group that she is very proud of.
“I thought we killed it,” she said. “We had a couple bad practices this week and yesterday morning our row group just really came back together as a boat. It’s just really exciting to see visibles from the work that we put in and it’s just great, it’s such a great feeling.”
McGee said she was happy, but tired after the day’s events, after working against a wind that slows down the boats, as well as makes taking off difficult.
“I think the team overall did a great job today, both the varsity and honors program,” McGee said. “Headwinds really affect your time and other technical things during the race and I think as a team we handled it really well today. We just really, really raced well.”
Ahead of next weekend’s Knecht Cup being held in New Jersey, Haney said her team gained a great insight today into the teams UNC will see on April 9 and 10.
“We saw a lot of the teams today that we will see next weekend,” she said. “I think it just gives us a big load of confidence, going into one of our most challenging races. They made exceptional changes this year and they’ve really done a tremendous job as a team, really proving themselves.”