Rowing Completes Action in Philadelphia


By Micah Truex for WVUsports.com
October 27, 2012 07:42 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia University rowing team had three women’s open 4+ crews place in the top 25, as well as two women’s open 8+ crews place in the top 20, at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in Philadelphia, Pa.

"Our performances at the Head of the Schuylkill were disappointing overall because we expect more of ourselves at this point in our training year," said coach Jimmy King. "The disappointment lies not merely in the results, but in the poor execution of our racing, especially regarding some of the technical elements on which we have recently worked.

"What's troubling, however, is the gap between our top 4 and the second and third 4s that we have raced this fall. If our top 8 is going to be competitive next spring, some of our rowers will need to bridge that gap. Given the youth within our squad, there will be many who will experience significant gains by spring, but as I said to our team at the end of the regatta day, "Make sure you're working towards the spring rather than waiting for the spring to come to you."

The Varsity 4+ ‘A’ crew of Karen Verwey, Rachelle Purych, Kelly Kramer, Hilary Meale and coxswain Ellen Shular crossed the finish line of the 2.5-mile course in 15:54.86 for a fourth-place finish.

"When we judge our race results, we do so first in terms of our own expectations, then in context of the competition," King said. "As an example, our A entry in the Open 4+ placed fourth among thirty-eight entries. Despite the high placing, the crew rightly found fault in much of their racing which is good because they have set high standards for themselves as well as our team. They were able to identify things they did not do well in addition to some things they did do well. So although the fourth place appears to be a good result, it doesn't feel as good when you know you did not perform at your best."

The ‘B’ crew of Elizabeth Kantak, Brianna Dendler, Danielle Widecrantz, Jessica Hurlbert and coxswain Caitlin Madamba finished the race in 17:05.23, placing them 20th overall.

The ‘C’ crew of Elizabeth Duarte, Enya Messersmith, Kaitlyn Eason, Bethany Anne Sapen and coxswain Morgan Leach placed 21st, crossing the finish line in 17:01.47.

The Mountaineers’ 8+ ‘A’ crew of Karen Verwey, Courtney Schrand, Jessica Hurlbert, Rachelle Purych, Mary Ignatiadis, Mollie Rosen, Kelly Kramer, Hilary Meale and coxswain Morgan Leach finished the race with a time of 14:38.99, placing them 12th overall.

The 8+ ‘B’ crew of Lisa Deklau, Danika Rencken, Melinda Sharon, Tamyra Roberts, Elizabeth Kantak, Danielle Widecrantz, Brianna Dendler, Bethany Anne Sapen and coxswain Mallory Fisher crossed the finish line in 15:02.54, placing them 20th overall.

"We know that our team depth is better than in years past as evidenced by the performances of our 'B' 8+ crew at the Schuylkill and earlier in the season at the Head of the Ohio," King said. "Despite racing at a relatively low rate and rowing much of the course alone after passing the crew that started ahead of them, our 'B' entry placed well against some others schools' 'B' entries and ahead of a few 'A' entries."

In addition to the team performances, junior Courtney Schrand put together a solid effort in the open heavy singles final, as she placed 10th.

"This was a very good result for Courtney, considering this was her first race in the 1x and that she raced fairly low in rate," King said.

WVU will continue its fall season on Nov. 3, at the Head of the Occoquan Regatta in Fairfax Station, Va.

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WVU Rowing, NCAA Rowing


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