Women’s rowing honors eight seniors between scrimmages

Bethany Blass, Sports Co-Editor

The women’s rowing team hosted Eastern Michigan and Canisius in Shamokin Dam, Pa. on April 16 in scrimmages. The Bison also honored their seniors during Senior Day celebrations.

“Senior Day is such a mixed emotional day because we are all so proud of the work our seniors have accomplished as 4-year D1 athletes, excited for all the great things to come in their future, but of course we are sad to see them go,” Mikki Schaller ’18 said.

“As I watched the seniors walk under the blades, I couldn’t help but think of how lucky I am to know these women. They show such dedication and passion in every aspect of their lives; as students, athletes, and as friends,” she continued.

The day opened with a match-up between the Orange and Blue and Eastern Michigan. The Bison came out victorious, winning three of the four pieces, which were three and a half minutes in length.

“[We improved] as a boat from piece to piece. I could feel that we were getting progressively faster and rowing together better as the pieces continued, which was an awesome feeling,” Erin Clark ’18 said.

“Our seniors have made a significant impact on the program and all of us were so happy to see them receive their ‘blades’ at senior day,” she said.

Between the two scrimmages of the day, the eight Orange and Blue seniors were honored for their efforts with the Bison. Kendall Balasiano ’16, Charlotte Brace ’16, Angelina Heyse ’16, Amanda McCabe ’16, Sierra McCarron ’16, Maya Martignetti ’16, Kathryn Oram ’16, and Sarah Shochat ’16 were recognized for their impressive careers as Bison rowers. Additionally, eight alumnae of the women’s rowing team visited Lewisburg to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the team’s first conference title in 2006. Before introducing the seniors at the ceremony, the alumnae had a chance to take a trip down memory lane and row on the Susquehanna River.

Later in the afternoon, the Bison continued their day with their scrimmage against Canisius. The Orange and Blue varsity eight took victories in three of the four pieces.

Last weekend’s scrimmages were the first of two home events for the Orange and Blue. The women’s rowing season will continue on April 23 with races against Dartmouth, Penn, and Princeton in Princeton, N.J. They will return home on April 24 to host Fordham for another scrimmage.

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