Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College women's rowing team, coached by Heather Barney (1st season), had a successful year on the water in 2016-17. During the fall season, the Bantams had strong showings at the Head of the Riverfront Regatta and the Quinsigamond Snake Regatta. In the spring, the varsity eight finished 14th in the New England Rowing Championships and 16th in the grand final of the National Invitational Rowing Championship Regatta. The Bantams totaled 24 points to finish 14th in the Overall Points Trophy Standings and Trinity's rowing squads were 13th in the Combined Overall Points Trophy Standings with 44 points.
Trinity opened the year at the Head of the Riverfront Regatta in East Hartford, where the varsity eight came in third place, posting a time of 17:30.54 to finish behind only Wesleyan and Division I University of Connecticut. The second varsity eight placed 11th with a time of 19:43.34 while Bantam crews also placed fourth, 11th, and 13th in the open four race.
In mid-October, Trinity's varsity-eight finished sixth of 27 boats from numerous schools on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. The Bantam crew posted a time of 15:18.697. Trinity's second-varsity eight recorded a 22nd-place time, and the varsity-four came in seventh of 17 boats with a time of 18:59.226.
At the famed Head of the Charles Regatta, Trinity's first varsity-eight crew finished 15th of 28 collegiate teams with a time of 19:38.679 to edge Division III and fellow New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) opponent Amherst College by .20 seconds. In the Collegiate Fours race, Trinity's boat came in 27th place in a field of 35 with a time of 23:50.125, which was six seconds behind 26th-place Penn State and nearly 20 seconds faster than 28th-place Bates College.
The fall season concluded with success at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta as the Bantam varsity four finished eighth overall and first among NCAA Division III boats in the championship fours race with a time of 17:27.350. Trinity's varsity eight came in 15th place of 54 boats with a time of 16:36.650.
Trinity kicked off the spring semester with a busy weekend that began with races against Simmons College and nationally ranked No. 6 Tufts at Tufts. That Saturday, several Bantams won their first collegiate 2,000-meter race on the Malden River. Trinity rowers who notched their first win in the varsity eight race over Simmons included Kirsten Thiim (Acton, Mass.), Brigitte Vossler (Buffalo, N.Y.), and Claudia Garrote (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico). That weekend Trinity also struck a win over Wellesley in the novice four which featured Abigail McNulty (Warren, Mass.), Trea Mannello (Williamstown, Mass.), Nadine Lee (Centennial, Colo.), Sarah Thomas (Lincoln, Neb.) and Emily McLeod (Portland, Oregon).
The next day, the Bantams raced against top-ranked Bates, No. 9-ranked Worcester Tech, and No. 4-ranked Wellesley. The team finished fourth with a time of 7:20.57 in the varsity-eight race and with a time of 8:07.74 in the second-varsity eight event.
Mid-April marked successes for Trinity's novice four, who highlighted a busy day of racing with a victory by nearly 40 seconds against a crew from the William Smith College Herons on the Erie Canal. The Bantam boat posted a winning time of 8:26.5.
After competing in the final dual-meet of the spring on Lake Quinsigamond on April 22, Trinity competed in the New England Championship Regatta where the second varsity eight finished sixth in the petit final. The Bantam varsity eight placed fifth in its preliminary heat and was set to race in the third-level final but it was cancelled due to poor weather. Trinity's second-varsity eight was fourth in its heat with a time of 8:52.949 and sixth in the petit final with a time of 8:43.411 that was less than two seconds behind fifth-place Mount Holyoke. There were not trophy standings due to the cancellation of so many races.
In the team's final action of the season in early May at the National Invitational Rowing Championships Regatta on Lake Quinsigamond, Trinity's varsity eight finished fourth of seven boats in the third-level final. Trinity's second-varsity eight was third of five boats in the third-level final and its third-varsity eight came in fourth in the petit final. Trinity finished nearly five seconds faster than fifth-place Skidmore in the varsity-eight final with a time of 7:17.707.
After the season, junior co-captain Antonia Bowden (Taos, N.M.) was named to the All-NESCAC Second Team for the first time in her career after rowing the No. 8 seat for the Bantam varsity eight this spring. The team's former novice of the year award winner also rowed the No. 7 seat for the bronze-medal winning varsity eight at the ECAC National Invitational Collegiate Regatta and for the NCAA National Champion varsity-eight crew at the NCAA Division III Championships in 2015.
The Bantams had a successful year in the classroom as well as senior Lisa Hovhannesian (Southborough, Mass.), junior Sarah Beckmann (Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass.), and sophomores Erin Gannon (Lincoln, R.I.) and Garrote were each named to the National Invitational Rowing Championship (NIRC) All-Academic Team. All three also joined sophomores Julia Gorka (McLean, Va.) and Alexis Zanger (Aviston, Ill.) on the NESCAC Spring All-Academic Team. Senior Clare Knowlton (Worcester, Mass.) represented the squad on the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team.