The women’s crew team was successful at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) rowing championships this weekend, placing third behind Marist and Loyola in New Rochelle, N.Y. Marist was able to win the tournament by a wide margin.

Fairfield was led by the novice 4 shell which won its race by a lofty 12 seconds. The team won with a time of 8:14.3, beating Marist (8:26.7), Loyola (8:35.3) and Iona (8:59.0).

Fairfield also got a winning race from the junior-varsity 4 boat with a time of 8:37.6. They topped Marist by nearly 10 seconds. The varsity 4 lost narrowly to Marist who won the race with a time of 7:54.2.

Overall the season has been a success for Fairfield. Besides its third place finish at the MAAC, Fairfield novice 8 boat crushed the competition by nearly 34 seconds in a tri-meet earlier this month.

The varsity 8 has been the most consistent boat for the Stags. The team of Katie Molteni, Caitlin Bakum, Katie Gill, Kathleen Bradler, Andrea Bazos, Maura O’Connor, Carolyn Arnold, Katie Jonaitis and Carolyn Stankiewicz have consistently place high in meets. The Varsity 8 was able to finish third (8:07.1) at the MAAC Championships. Again, Marist proved its dominance and depth by taking the gold medal with a time of 7:30.5. Loyola was second with a time of 7:45.4.

The Stags have been led all year by co-captains O’Connor and Gill. At the MAAC Championships,

Earlier in the month, four Stags’ boats rowed against Army and Sacred Heart in a tri-meet.

The second nove 8+ took home Fairfield’s lone victory of the day, winning by 34 seconds.

The first novice boat was able to take home a second place finish, topping Army by four seconds.

The Stags next meet will be on May 9-10 for the Dad Vails in Philadelphia, before concluding the season at the Avaya Regatta in Princeton.

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