Rowing: Three Boats Finish in the Top Ten
October 31, 2010 11:41 AM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University rowing team finished competing at the Head of the Schuylkill regatta in Philadelphia, Pa., yesterday, with three boats finishing in the top ten.
“Today’s results were an improvement in our overall team performance,” says coach Jimmy King. “The conditions were more challenging and the competition was greater than two weeks ago. I hope that today's experience will be of value in all of our races to come.”
WVU had a good showing in the women’s open four event, as both entries finished in the top seven out of 34 boats. WVU’s ‘A’ boat made up of Jenelle Spencer, Hilary Meale, Rachelle Purych, Courtney Schrand and coxswain Sarah Cartwright took fifth with a time of 17:00.54. WVU’s ‘B’ boat, consisting of Danielle Widecrantz, Jessica Kelly, Alita Meyers, Karen Verwey and coxswain Morgan Leach, closely followed with a seventh-place finish (17:08.19).
“I'm pleased with how both fours performed,” says King, “Especially considering that these line-ups rowed together for the first time on their way to the start line.”
In the women’s open championship event, WVU’s ‘A’ boat made up of Rachelle Purych, Alita Meyers, Jessica Kelly, Shannon Gribbons, Rachel Viglianco, Jeannine McCarty, Karen Verwey, Courtney Schrand and coxswain Anastasia DuPont took seventh out of 21 entries, as it crossed the line at 15:51.53. The Mountaineers’ ‘B’ boat finished last with a time of 17:40.53.
“The open eight ‘A’ boat raced with poise and focus, just as the girls had discussed in their pre-race meeting,” adds King. “However, our ‘B’ entry grossly under-performed because they all know that they are capable of doing so much more.”
Gribbons and Viglianco represented the Mountaineers in the women’s heavy singles competition and finished with impressive times of 18:56.54 and 19:50.50.
“Continuing the positive direction that we began at the Ohio regatta is a sign of our improving depth, as we continue to juggle line-ups, try new combinations and give the rowers opportunities to establish themselves,” King concludes. “We still have a lot of work ahead of us, but we're definitely going in the right direction.”
WVU will continue racing on Nov. 6, as it travels to Fairfax Station, Va., to compete at the Head of the Occoquan.