The Saint Joseph's women's rowing team competed in the Henley Women's Regatta for the third time overall, and the first time since 2010.
The Hawks had two entries, in the Senior Eight and the Double Skulls. Competing in the Eight were co-captains Katherine Robb and Maria Biancanicello, along with Cailin McCully, Caroline Strauss, Kiernan Loue, Isabella Haleski, Allie Howell, Jennifer Raphelson, and Gabby Argo.
Brianna Stone and Reece Long competed in the Double for the first time in their careers.
Neither boat advanced in their races but the Hawks experienced the trip of a lifetime.
Hawks at Henley Blog/Photo Album
Trip Recap from Coach Gerry Quinlan:
We had a fantastic 11-day trip, training in London for our first four days, then Henley-on-Thames for our final week. The rowing clubs and people of London and Henley could not have been more hospitable.
In London, we rowed on the Tideway, a very fast moving and challenging part of the Thames that is home to the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race. We logged a ton of miles in the mornings on the Thames. Our second workout either included an erg or a 15-mile walk around London. We saw all of London, all by foot. It is an amazing city full of great and resilient people.
After the weekend, we moved an hour outside of London to Henley-on-Thames, the site of the Henley Regattas. We moved into our houses and met our hosts and took possession of our boats for racing. We had some great practices in preparation for the Henley Women's Regatta. It was eye-opening getting on the course and navigating through the booms on the race course. Our navigators, coxswain Gabby Argo and the double of Reece Long and Brianna Stone, did a wonderful job of not being flustered and getting us down the course in practices and on race day. It certainly isn't an easy thing going full speed backwards with telephone pole type booms and planks lining the course. We saw plenty of collisions, thankfully none from us.
On Race Day, we were definitely ready to go. Although neither boat advanced, we put together efficient and effective races. We executed our race plan the best we have all year and we looked very clean and punchy. We were just overpowered in our races as the other crews were simply bigger and stronger.
We are really proud of the races that we threw down and we got exactly what we wanted to get out of the trip. All 11 student-athletes on the trip are returning for the 2017-18 season and we bonded together, trained together and rowed together for an extra month. We gained the experience of traveling to different venues and got a glimpse of rowing outside of the Schuylkill and Cooper Rivers, and learned the skill and mindfulness you need to adapt to your environment. Our experiences and extra training should pay big dividends for us next season. We are counting on it. We had a very young team in 2016-17 and had a great season, with improvement every week.
Looking ahead to 2017-18, we are going to be more experienced and stronger in our returnees enhanced by the athleticism and enthusiasm of our incoming freshman class.
Thank you to all of the Alumni, Parents and Friends who made our trip possible and to the Saint Joseph's Athletic Department and Administration for their continued foresight and support.