Pioneer Rowers Finish Successful Fall Season

Dec. 8, 2009

FAIRFIELD, CT - Head of the Housatonic - Oct. 10 One of the fastest growing fall regatta's in the northeast, hosted by the New Haven Rowing Club. In a tune-up race for the season, the Pioneers posted a strong finish time of 18:48, beating long-time rival Fairfield University. The Sacred Heart boathouse lies downriver of the race course on the Housatonic, so this was an excellent opportunity to have the first race of the season in familiar territory.

The Varsity 8+ was comprised of: Kristin Comeau, Nicole Settembrino, Devon Clark, Danielle French, Mary Beth Reusche, Carolyn Holland, Kelsey Mullaney, Lauren Gruchala, and Jennifer Pampillonio.

Head of the Charles - Oct 17-18 Sacred Heart was selected by lottery to attend the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta, the biggest fall regatta in America. Co-Captain and coxswain Kristin Comeau directed the boat through the notoriously difficult turns of the course to a 30th place finish out of 41 boats. This was the strongest finish in the team's history at the Head of the Charles, a regatta that draws competitors from all over the world. Despite the bitter temperatures, the team's spirits were high, as the regatta is an experience in and of itself. Vendors and rowers from all over the world come together in Boston for the one weekend in what can aptly be described a fall festival of rowing.

The Varsity 8+ was comprised of: Kristin Comeau, Nicole Settembrino, Devon Clark, Danielle French, Mary Beth Reusche, Carolyn Holland, Meredith Penta, Lauren Gruchala, and Jennifer Pampillonio.

Head of the Fish - Oct. 21-22 For its last race of the Fall season, the team traveled to Saratoga Springs, NY to attend the Head of the Fish. The team raced on both days of this Saturday/Sunday regatta. In the most successful Fall Regatta in the program's history, Sacred Heart's Varsity 8+ placed first in the Open 8+ category, finishing in a time of 11:46, twenty seconds faster than the next finisher. For their first-place win, Sacred Heart received one of the prized Head of the Fish Fish Head trophies. It's actually a fish head mounted on a plaque.

The next day, Sacred Heart finished 8th in the more competitive Collegiate 8+ event, improving on their 13th place finish from the previous year and closing the distance on the strong programs that finished first through seventh. Sacred Heart chased down and passed three boats during the race, including an exciting last three hundred meters during which Sacred Heart caught Albany, passing them right at the finish line.

The Varsity 8+ was comprised of: Kristin Comeau, Nicole Settembrino, Devon Clark, Danielle French, Mary Beth Reusche, Carolyn Holland, Meredith Penta, Lauren Gruchala, and Jennifer Pampillonio.