SMU Rowing opens season, brooms in hand

The SMU rowing team works together to cross White Rock Lake. (Courtesy of SMU Athletics)

It’s hard to open the spring season any better than the Lady Mustangs did at White Rock Lake on Friday and Saturday.

Not only did SMU win its first two events of the season, but it did so in impressive fashion- sweeping Creighton and Canisus.

“I thought they did great,” head coach
Doug Wrightsaid. “Overall it was a great weekend, and the kids feel great about themselves so hopefully they’ll use that confidence going into the next week or two.”

On Friday, the Mustangs first Varsity 8 team of Savannah Moody,Lindsay Heyman,Allison Buchanan,Mackenzie Daly,Loni Albrecht,Chantelle Conley,Sydney Severson,Lauren MooreandMolly O’Connellclocked in a time of 7:02.40 – beating out CU by five seconds.

SMU’s second and third Varsity 8 crews finished with times of 7:10.38 and 7:42.65.

The Lady Mustangs Varsity 4 crew ofNikole Metz,Hanna Axene,Meghan Klein,Brittany CourteauandAmanda Espositoeasily won with a time of 8:03.37.

On Saturday, SMU defeated Canisius three times to secure the sweep. The first Varsity 8 group from Friday continued to dominate, turning in a 7:02.12 first place finish.

Both the Mustangs’ Varsity 4 crew and Novice 4 crew defeated Canisius in the final event of the weekend, with times of 7:51.35 and 8:18.10, respectively.

“It was great to be out there on the water, everyone is so supportive of each other,” first year Nicki Fletchersaid. “We’ve been working really hard for our first race as novice and everyone did really well. We held a pretty consistent stroke rate and we just wanted to do really well for us.”

SMU will travel to Kansas City, Kan. to take on Kansas, Kansas State and Drake on March 29.

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