Rowing: Places First in Two Events

  • By Julie Brown
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  • October 15, 2011 03:39 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The West Virginia University rowing team ended competition at the Head of the Kanawha on the Kanawha River in Charleston, W. Va., Saturday, with two first-place finishes.

“UC has a beautiful venue and I hope to see the Head of the Kanawha grow into a showcase rowing event in years to come,” says coach Jimmy King.

Senior Shannon Gribbons and sophomore Courtney Schrand led the way for the Mountaineers by finishing first and third in the women’s singles competition, respectively. Gribbons crossed the finish line in 22:29, ahead of Eastern Michigan and Schrand, who finished the course in 23:15.

The Mountaineers also took first in the women’s open eight competition. The crew of Kelly Kramer, Jenelle Spencer, Christina Mehrtens, Jessica Hurlbert, Jessica Kelly, Karen Verwey, Hilary Meale, Rachelle Purych and coxswain Sarah Cartwright crossed the finish line in 19:14, ahead of Eastern Michigan ‘A’ (20:02) and ‘B’ (21:40), and the University of Charleston (21:46).

West Virginia also had three crews slated to compete in the women’s open four competition. All afternoon races were cancelled, however, due to high winds.

The Mountaineers return to action on Saturday, October 29, when they travel to Philadelphia, Pa., for the Head of the Schuylkill on the Schuylkill River.