Rowing: Limited Competition at the HOSR

  • By Julie Brown
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  • October 29, 2011 11:08 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W. Va. - The West Virginia University rowing team had three women’s open fours place within the top 20 of 38 crews before racing was cancelled due to inclement weather at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, Pa., Saturday.

“All three crews did a good job of not letting the weather become an issue,” says coach Jimmy King. “I think our expectations were higher than our results, but we are still in the process of learning to race aggressively during the fall racing season.”

The Varsity 4+ ‘A’ crew of Hilary Meale, Shannon Gribbons, Courtney Schrand, Rachelle Purych and coxswain Morgan Leach crossed the finish line of the 2.5-mile course in 15:51.76 for a fifth-place finish, matching the team’s fifth-place finish in women’s open four competition from last year.

Additionally, the ‘C’ crew of Danika Rencken, Jessica Hurlbert, Christina Mehrtens, Karen Verwey and coxswain Ellen Shular finished the race in 16:43.34 to place 18th overall, while the ‘B’ crew of Brittany Doss, Amanda Hirsch, Kelly Kramer, Mollie Rosen and coxswain Sarah Cartwright rounded out the top 20, finishing in 16:58.34.

West Virginia also had two crews slated to compete in the women’s championship eight event that was scheduled for the afternoon, but they were unable to race due to the adverse weather conditions.

The Mountaineers return to action on Saturday, Nov. 5, when they travel to Fairfax Station, Va., for the Head of the Occoquan on the Occoquan River.