MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University novice rowing team earned top-10 finishes in the women’s Novice 4+ event and the women’s novice 8+ event on Saturday, at the Head of the Occoquan Regatta on the Occoquan River in Fairfax Station, Va.
“Because this was our novices' first real test we went into this race not really knowing what to expect,” said coach Grace Doepker. “I'm pretty pleased with the effort they put forth and I think we're leaving with a good understanding of what we need to work on and improve. It was a challenging day against tough crews and most of our rowers raced in both the novice four and novice eight events.”
The Novice 4+ ‘A’ crew of Caroline Mullins, Sue Hartlove, Mary Beth Bulriss, Summer Socha and coxswain Allison Arnold crossed the finish line in 22:14.12 for a fourth-place finish.
The ‘B’ crew of Alison Coates, Tiffany Hatcher, Erin Close, Kendra Welker and coxswain Sarah Dodd finished the course in 22:28.69, earning them a sixth-place finish, while the ‘C’ crew of Katie Cook, Alison Pytlak, Sarah Taylor, Ali Burns and coxswain Jana Simpson finished in ninth place with a time of 22:45.63.
The WVU novice 8+ ‘A’ crew of Caroline Mullins, Sue Hartlove, Alison Coates, Summer Socha, Mary Beth Bulriss, Erin Close, Katie Cook, Tiffany Hatcher and coxswain Sarah Dodd placed seventh out of 26 crews total, with a time of 20:41.36. The ‘B’ crew of Sarah Taylor, Emily Smith, April George, Kendra Welker, Allison Arnold, Alison Pytlak, Carrie Moran, Ali Burns and coxswain Brittany James crossed the finish line in 22:09.53, placing them 17th.
“The novice squad had a solid debut at the Occoquan,” said coach Jimmy King. “The grouping of our 3 fours within 30-35 seconds was certainly good to see from those crews. As is usually the case this early in the year for novice crews, there is much room for growth and improvement meaning there is more speed to come.”
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WVU returns to action on Nov. 10, when the varsity and novice squads travel to Philadelphia, Pa., to compete at the Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta on the Cooper River.