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APER | Cyclones of the Week: the Mills Crew Varsity Eight

The Mills Crew Varsity Eight, Cyclones of the Week. (Kurt Loefler)

This week’s spotlight is actually a whole boat of Cyclones: the Mills Crew Varsity Eight. They had an impressive weekend at the San Diego Crew Classic Apr. 2-3, the largest regatta in the world for primarily eight-oared rowing shells. Finishing second in their heat with a time of 7:11.27, the Mills Varsity Eight qualified for the Grand Final with the third fastest time from the heats. As the only Division III school to qualify for the Grand Final, Mills was up against UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, Central Oklahoma and Orange Coast.

The Mills Varsity Eight captured third place in the Grand Final, just 1.4 seconds away from passing UCSB in second.

The student-athletes making up the Varsity Eight included Jess LaFrank (coxswain), Emily Meike, Ashley Redfield, Amanda Clark, Amelia Gurley, Erika Refsland, Ashley Garza, Colleen Kimsey and Kate Smith. The entire Mills Crew met up for a reception with Mills alumnae, friends and family after the race on Sunday.