La Jollans Caroline Feeney, a 2013 graduate of Francis Parker School and Ursula Granirer, a 2013 graduate of The Bishop’s School, found themselves rowing together on the Women’s Novice Eight during their freshman year at Trinity College, a liberal arts and sciences college founded in 1823 in Hartford, Connecticut.
The two rowed during high school for the ZLAC Rowing Club juniors program. ZLAC, founded in 1892 and located on Mission Bay, is the oldest women’s rowing club in the United States.
Feeney, rowing in the sixth seat and Granirer, rowing in the second seat, helped power their team to an undefeated season and a championship victory in two regattas where they won the gold. They prevailed over a field of 12 boats in each regatta to clinch the title of Novice Women 8, New England Champions.
The Trinity Varsity Women’s Crew went on to win the 2014 NCAA Division III Championships for the first time in program history.
Trinity College, an NCAA Division III school, is a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), which also includes Amherst, Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, Connecticut, Hamilton, Middlebury, Wesleyan, Williams, and Tufts. —