Rowing to Conclude Fall Slate

  • By Micah Truex
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  • November 09, 2012 01:36 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University varsity and novice rowing teams will compete at the Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta in Cherry Hill, N.J., on Saturday, Nov. 10.

The Mountaineers will be entering 13 crews; three open doubles, three novice 4+ crews, three varsity 4+ crews, two novice 8+ crews and two varsity 8+ crews.

“The Frostbite Regatta is a fun way to conclude our fall racing slate,” says coach Jimmy King. “For the varsity crews, racing at the Frostbite whets the appetite for the spring racing season. For our novice crews, the regatta provides an informal, yet competitive opportunity to experience what is to come in the spring.”

Last year at the Frostbite Regatta, the Mountaineers swept their flight in the open doubles competition. The ‘A’ crew of Rachelle Purych and Karen Verwey placed first with a time of 7:59.39, the ‘C’ crew of Kelly Kramer and Jenelle Spencer placed second with a time of 8:15.09 and the ‘B’ crew of Courtney Schrand and Hilary Meale rounding out the top three by crossing the finish line in 8:17.60.

In the varsity 4+ competitions, the ‘A’ crew of Meale, Verwey, Schrand, Purych and coxswain Sara Cartwright, placed first in their flight with a time of 7:50.05. The ‘B’ crew of Kramer, Spencer, Brittany Doss, Mollie Rosen and coxswain Ellen Shular crossed the line in 8:13.17 ahead of the ‘C’ crew of Jessica Kelly, Jessica Hurlbert, Danicka Rencken, Danielle Widecrantz and coxswain Mallory Fisher who crossed the finish line in 8:31.29, to finish first and second in their flight.

Additionally, in the varsity open 8+ competition, West Virginia’s ‘A’ crew of Meale, Spencer, Kelly, Widecrantz, Kramer, Verwey, Schrand, Purych and coxswain Fisher placed second with a time of 6:59.20.

In the novice open 8+ competition, the West Virginia ‘A’ crew of Brianna Dendler, Rachel Cokeley, Sarah Hansard, Lisa Deklau, Elizabeth Duarte, Melinda Sharon, Kaitlyn Eason, Enya Messersmith and coxswain Alexandra Basil finished second in their flight with a time of 7:22.83.

“The last regatta of the fall also serves as a venue for our two squads, varsity and novice, to begin meshing together into one team,” says King. “Up until recently, the two squads operated independently of one another, but we'll begin working together with some regularity as we move forward.”

For information, live updates and statistics or directions to the regatta, visit http://racedayregattas.com/?p=383.

Action for West Virginia is set to begin at 9:42 a.m., with the women’s open double competition. A recap of the day’s action will be available on WVUsports.com following the completion of competition.


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