The Fairfield University men’s and women’s rowing teams took a trip to Bethlehem, Pa. to take on Lehigh and Iona followed by a match-up against Iona and Loyola.

The men’s varsity eight was the first event to take place with the Stags placing fourth. They finished with a time of 6:47.8 only 12 seconds behind first place Loyola. The varsity eight was made up of Michael Hamilton ‘24, Sam Elliott ‘27, Zalan Kovacs ‘27, Connor Carroll ‘27, Ean Ray ‘27, Ryan Wrynn ‘25, Jerry Malloy ‘24, graduate student Brady Stergion and the coxswain Matthew Tarabocchia ‘24

The men’s second varsity eight posted the match-winning time of 6:57.4 which beat Loyola by four seconds and Lehigh by 15. The second varsity eight team consisted of George Voegele ‘25, Michael McCarthy ‘24, Frank DiNatale ‘25, Jack Cartnick ‘25, Spencer Chidley ‘24, Nick Tapinis ‘26, Brendan Martin ‘24, Luca Tarricone ‘27 and coxswain Maddy Gross ‘27

The men’s varsity four also competed and came in second place with a time of 8:02.3 which was bested by only the Iona Gaels by 18 seconds. Brian Peknick ‘27, graduate student Alex Hemmat, Tom McLaughlin ‘26, James Penczak ‘27 and coxswain Tom Flynn ‘24 competed for the Stags. 

The women’s varsity eight placed second, finishing in 8:11.1. They were edged by Lehigh who beat them by just three seconds. In their second event the team came in first against Loyola and Iona with a time of 7:33.0 The team was made up of Arianna Welton ‘25, Shawn O’Brien ‘27, Emma Szachta ‘25, Megan Blair ‘24, Victoria Conrad ‘27, Molly Squire ‘27, Emily Regan ‘24 and Sarah Wendling ‘25 with Marianna Kalin ‘25 as the coxswain in the first race and Lexi Tomlinson ‘26 in the second. 

The second varsity eight was made up of Shaylin Tombs ‘26, Mia Van Mater ‘26, Miranda Schmidt ‘26, Megan Rourke ‘24, Kelly Cullen ‘26, Zuzanna Janusz ‘27, Kathryn Bergsrom ‘24 and Sophia Savage ‘27 with Tomlinson as the coxswain. They were able to place second with a time of 8:21,1 once again losing by just three seconds. The Stags were able to take the first spot in the second race later in the same day with a time of 8:15.1. 

The varsity four won both of their races beating Lehigh by 20 seconds and defeating Loyola in the second race. The team was made up of Lauren Hoppe ‘27, Caity Gregitis ‘27, Ava Forgiaone ‘27, Grace McDonough ‘26 and coxswain Alisa Tsavaris ‘27. 

The second varsity four rowed against Loyola and won. Caroline Tomlinson ‘27, Julie Pedrazzi ‘26, Liv Burghardt ‘26, Alex Harrington ‘27 and coxswain Grace Tyszka ‘27 competed in the race. 

The Stags will get back in the water on April 13th and 14th in the Knecht Cup. 

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