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Bay View Crews Finish 4th and 5th in New England

Worcester, MA/May 26: Bay View’s rowing program reached its highest level of success thus far with a fourth place finish in the First Varsity and a fifth place for the Second Varsity in their respective Grand Finals of the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association Championship Regatta. The Bengal’s First Boat made it into the Grand Final by finishing second in their early afternoon qualifying heat, rowing at a searing pace of 39 strokes per minute. They finished .81 seconds behindKentSchool, who held the lead throughout the qualifying heat. In the late afternoon Grand Final, the Bay View Crew was determined to row their race at a more settled pace of 35-36 strokes per minute, which they did. Even though they were not able to stay even with the leaders (St. Paul’s,Exeter,Kent) Bay View did row throughTaborAcademy, with their closing sprint at 40 strokes per minute. As a result, Bay View First Varsity finished fourth, .63 seconds ahead of Tabor.

Earlier in their late morning qualifying heat, Bay View’s Second Varsity was determined to set a high pace, which they did. Almost throughout their race they were also rowing at 39-40 strokes per minute. They were in third place shortly after the start, but within 1-2 minutes, they took the lead and held on to it with all the strength they could muster. As a result, they became the first Bay View eight to win a morning heat in this championship event. In the afternoon they executed a similar approach, this time rowing at an even higher pace, but the results were different. Exeter took the lead early and kept moving away from the field.Kent andSt. Paul’s rowed in dogfight for second place, withKent finishing in second place.Hingham, another up and coming program, held on to fourth. Bay View’s Crew finished fifth, with more than a length ahead ofAndover for the second year in a row. This was the second consecutive year that Bay View qualified for the Grand Final. In 2011, the Second Varsity finished fourth.

The St.Mary Academy – Bay View Crew rows out of the Narragansett Boat Club and in NBC eights. Bay View does have its own set of oars. The program began in 1999, thanks to Libby Armstrong and Mary Lada, who were mothers of Bay View daughters and active rowers themselves. The head coach for the program is Albin Moser, the Boat Club’s Director of Rowing. The assistant coach is Daniela Roop, an active NBC sculler and former Brown rower and women’s assistant coach. The complete results for the NEIRA can be found at

St. Mary Academy - Bay View Lineups:

First Varsity: Coxswain Nicole Karwashan, ‘12; S-Haley Pare, ‘12; 7-Maura Flanagan, ‘12; 6-Sara Neaves, ‘14; 5-Julia Calise, ‘13; 4-Erin Dolan, ‘14; 3-Erin O’Connell, ‘13; 2-Juliette Risica, ‘13; B-Danielle Riggin, ‘12.

Second Varsity: Coxswain Chiara Ponko, ‘13; Stroke-Emmi Hodess, ‘13; 7-Emma Hanlon, ‘13; 6-Catherine Benetti, ‘14; 5-Maddie Chrupcala, ’15; 4-Michaela McGuirl, ’14; 3-Katie Lowis, ‘15; 2-Laura Poulton, ‘14; B-Erin Devin, ’15.