MORGANTOWN W.Va. – The West Virginia University rowing team has completed their fall slate by winning five medals on Saturday, at the Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta on the Cooper River in Cherry Hill, N.J.
“Our novice and varsity squads put together an overall solid day of racing,” said coach Jimmy King.” The varsity squad, in particular, enjoyed a solid day of racing.”
The team started the day off by placing first, second and fourth in the women’s open doubles competition, with the ‘A’ crew of Mary Ignatiadis
and Courtney Schrand
finishing in 8:02.05, the ‘B’ crew finishing in 8:09.92 and the ‘C’ crew finishing in 8:22.89.
In the novice 8+ competition, the West Virginia ‘A’ crew of Alison Coates, Summer Socha, Angelica Fell, Sue Hartlove, Kim May, Mary Beth Bulriss, Kendra Welker, Tiffany Hatcher and coxswain Sarah Dodd finished first in their flight with a time of 8:17.76. The novice 8+ ‘B’ crew placed fourth in their flight with a time of 8:41.85.
The novice 4+ ‘A’ crew of Coates, Hartlove, Fell, Hatcher and coxswain Allison Arnold crossed the finish line in 9:01.27 for first place in their flight. Aditionally, the ‘B’ crew finished second in their flight while the ‘C’ crew finished third in their flight.
In the varsity 4+ competitions, the ‘A’ crew of Schrand, Karen Verwey
, Elizabeth Kantak
, Jessica Hurlbert
and coxswain Ellen Shular
, finished first in their flight with a time of 8:04.05. The ‘B’ crew of Ignatiadis, Hilary Meale
, Kelly Kramer
, Mollie Rosen
and coxswain Caitlin Madamba
crossed the finish line in 8:09.68 for a first-place finish in their flight. Additionally, the ‘C’ crew finished second in the third flight.
“By the time the eights raced, many of the rowers had already been to the line once earlier in the day, some twice,” said King. “Despite the fatigue factor, the eights rowed relatively well from start to finish in their races.”
In the varsity 8+ competition, the WVU ‘A’ crew of Schrand, Verwey, Hurlbert, Danielle Widecrantz
, Brianna Dendler
, Danika Rencken
, Kramer, Kantak and coxswain Mallory Fisher
finished second in the first flight with a time of 7:12.11. The ‘B’ crew finished third in the second flight with a time of 7:37.06.
“I was particularly pleased to see how well they responded to charges made by other crews in the midst of racing,” King said. “Although we didn't win in those events, there were a lot of good things occurring that we can build upon as we continue working towards the spring.”
“There are of course many, many things on which we need and will continue to improve, but for where we are at this point of the year, the results were good,” concluded King.