April 22, 2012
Pioneers Race at Spring Metropolitans
In preparation for the MAAC Championship next weekend, the Sacred Heart Pioneers participated in the Spring Metropolitans on Saturday competing in the Varsity 8; Varsity 4; and Novice 8 events.
The day started with qualifying heats for the Varsity 8. The event had 10 schools entered allowing only the top 3 winners from each heat to move on to the final. In Sacred Heart's heat, the Pioneers had an amazing run beating Fairfield, Iona, and Albany to win the heat and advance on to the grand final. In the final they crossed the finish line third, bringing home the first medal of the day.
The varsity 4 followed the example set by the varsity 8. In a field of 16 boats, they won their qualifying race and advanced to the grand final. Just like the varsity 8, they finished third and brought home another medal.
The Novice 8, after a thrilling bow to bow race for third, was edged out in the end and placed fourth.
"This was a great showing for our team, all the athletes have progressed and improved greatly over the course of the season," stated head coach Nicoleta Mantescu. "Our performance at the Spring Mets has boosted our confidence as we head into the MAAC Championships this coming weekend."