Rams Defeat Edinburgh in Duel on First Day of Henley

Rams Defeat Edinburgh in Duel on First Day of Henley

HENLEY-ON-THAMES, England – Making their second-ever appearance at the Henley Women's Regatta, Rhode Island began competition at the world-renowned event Friday.

Rhody's Second Varsity 8+ team competed in the Aspirational Academic 8+ flight and finished in the top 16 out of 28 boats in its time trial. The team of coxswain Karen Pertrik, Maddie Van Ummersen, Lauren Smith, Sage Iacovazzi, Kelsey Williams, Sarah Dudinski, Madalyn Saporito, Hannah Faretra and Jennae Alexander then raced their first duel (1-on-1) in the afternoon, beating Edinburgh University by nearly a boat length. Edinburgh is one of the best rowing programs in Scotland.

Competing in the Championship 8+ flight was Rhode Island's Varsity 8+ team of coxswain Lucy Moyes, Emily Winslow, Erika Pena, Kiana Anderson, Mekenzie Mattheson, Allie Reilly, Katie Shattuck, Katie Usher and Meghan Ellis. Though the Rams did not place in the top four out of nine to advance to the duel brackets, Rhode Island was randomly selected to duel for the final spot to move on. That race will be held Friday night.

It has been an eventful week away from the competition for the Rams, who arrived in Henley-on-Thames Monday morning. They hit the water on their first day there, getting in a practice session from the Upper Thames Rowing Club. After a second practice session on Tuesday, the team visited Windsor Castle. A day earlier, Queen Elizabeth has been at the Windsor Castle along with Prince Charles and Prince William for the annual Order of the Garter celebration.

Wednesday's activities included dinner at the world-renowned Leander Club with URI President Dr. David Dooley, his wife Lynn Baker-Dooley. Longtime program supporter Misha Joukowsky. Joukowsky – who co-founded Resolute Racing Shells in Bristol, R.I. – is a member at Leander and sponsored Rhode Island for the dinner.

Founded in 1818, the Leander Club is recognized worldwide for its rowing success, having won more Olympic and World championship gold medals than any other club. It is home to three-time Olympic gold medalist Peter Reed (2008, 2012, 2016), who also has won five gold medals and three silvers at the World Championships. Also native to Leander are two-time Olympic gold medalists James Cracknell, Steve Williams and Alex Gregory.

On Thursday, the Rams practiced twice before attending International Crews Reception at the River & Rowing Museum on the Thames River.

To follow the team's adventures in England check out the Rhody Rowing Facebook page or via Instagram (rhody.rowing).

Seniors Lucy Moyes, Kiana Anderson, Meghan Ellis and Lauren Smith look the part
during the team's dinner at the Leander Club.

Her teammates salute Maddie Van Ummersen (middle) following her performance in
Rhody's win over Edinburgh in the duel round of the Henley Women's Regatta.

URI President David M. Dooley address the Rhode Island rowing team at the
world-renowned Leander Club.