OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – The West Virginia University rowing team finished day one of racing at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational Regatta on the Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
The varsity 8+ ‘A’ crew of Hilary Meale
, Rachelle Purych
, Kelly Kramer
, Lisa Deklau
, Danielle Widecrantz
, Jessica Hurlbert
, Karen Verwey
, Courtney Schrand
, and coxswain Mallory Fisher
, paced the Mountaineers in round one of racing, with a third-place finish of 6:57.90 against Louisville and Virginia.
The 8+ ‘B’ crew of Tamyra Roberts
, Jeannine McCarty
, Bethany Anne Sapen
, Mollie Rosen
, Mary Ignatiadis
, Elizabeth Kantak
, Melinda Sharon
, Elizabeth Duarte
and coxswain Ellen Shular
finished in third place as well.
The varsity 4+ ‘A’ crew of Kaitlyn Eason
, Susannah Hartlove
, Allison Coates
, Enya Messersmith
and coxswain Alexandra Basil
crossed the finish line in 8:24.50 for a third-place finish in their heat.
The 4+ ‘B’ crew of Mary Cook
, Danika Rencken
, Kimberlie May
, Kendra Welker
and coxswain Caitlin Madamba
finished third their heat with a time of 8:40.40.
The 4+ ‘C’ crew of Caroline Mullins
, Summer Socha
, Sarah Taylor
, Allyson Pytlak
and coxswain Allison Arnold
closed out round one for WVU with a time of 8:49.70, good enough for third place in their heat.
In round two, the 8+ ‘A’ crew of Meale, Purych, Kramer, Ignatiadis, Widecrantz, Hurlbert, Verwey, Schrand and coxswain Morgan Leach
paced the Mountaineers again in round two against Dayton and Miami with a time of 6:49.30, good enough for second place.
The 8+ ‘B’ crew of Duarte, McCarty, Kantak, Rosen, Roberts, Sharon, Sapen, Deklau and coxswain Fisher finished in second place in their heat as well with a time of 6:55.13.
The 4+ crew of Rencken, Eason, Messersmith, May and coxswain Sarah Dodd
crossed the finish line in 8:14.39 for a second-place finish.
The novice 8+ crew of Coates, Welker, Cook, Hartlove, Dulaney, Taylor, Angelica Fell
, Pytlak and coxswain Brittany James
finished out day one of racing for the Mountaineers with a time of 7:32.16 for a second-place finish.
Competition at Melton Hill Lake resumes tomorrow for round three of racing against Buffalo and Georgetown at 11:20 a.m.
Results and a full recap of the day’s action will be posted on WVUsports.com following the completion of the regatta.