After over four months, the Manhattan College women’s rowing team has took to the waters for the spring portion of their 2017-2018 campaign.
The team’s last regatta of the winter was the Frostbite Regatta held on Nov. 11 in West Windsor, N.J. During the regatta, Manhattan had one team of rowers, their Lightweight 4+, take home gold.
While that was a nice moment for five of the student-athletes, seniors Amy Sniffen and Maggie Tebbetts have their own favorite moment from the winter.
That memorable highlight for them was at the Head of the Fish on Oct. 28 when the Varsity 4+ of Sniffen, Tebbetts, junior Rebecca Acromano, sophomore Elizabeth McCabe and sophomore Shannon Colford finished 8th out of 32 boats.
“That race, it was really intense because it was a head race so you don’t all start at the same time,” said Sniffen. “It starts increments apart and we just kept catching up to boats and getting past them and it was just exhilarating.”
Since the last regatta in the winter, the team has put in their fair share of work during the offseason.
The student-athletes would practice Monday to Saturday from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. in the offseason. They would also have lifting sessions on Monday and Wednesday for an hour. In addition they would put in four extra hours of more rowing or their own cardio workout. After all the months of workouts, the team was eager to start things up again.
“Everyone is excited to get back on the water and get back into racing lineups,” head coach Alex Canale said before the spring season. “We’ve worked really hard over the winter and tried some new things, got better at some old things. Everybody’s just really itching to be back outside.”
The team’s first regatta of the spring took place on Mar. 15 in Leonia, N.J. as the Jaspers participated in the Iona Dual Race.
“Certainly excited to see Iona first; a local rival,” Canale said before the spring season. “It’s a great way to get started.”
Canale is in his first season and second semester with the team. While the team has only been a Division I team since the 2015-2016 season and thus has yet to establish itself in the MAAC, his brief time with the team has been positive.
“It’s been really positive,” Canale said about his time coaching the team. “The school is very supportive of the team. The girls work really hard. They’re really receptive to new practice plans and to being more competitive. I felt at home here very quickly.”
Tebbetts has likewise viewed his time with the team in a positive manner.
“I think he’s really brought our team together,” Tebbetts said.
For Sniffen, the progress the women have made since her freshman year when the team was a club team rather than a Division 1 team is something to be proud about.
“Personally I’m really proud of how far the team has come,” said Sniffen. “Because when we joined there were about five girls on the team which was enough for one boat. Now we have like 27 and people have gotten so much more dedicated and so much better and stronger that you wouldn’t even recognize the team if you looked at it freshman year to now.”
To start off the spring, the 1 Varsity 4+ and 1 Varsity 8+ both won their races at the Iona Dual Race.
The women will be back at it next week as they travel to Philadelphia to participate in the Murphy Cup Regatta on Mar. 31.