Rowing Earns One First, Two Runner Ups in Day Two


By Micah Truex for WVUsports.com
March 17, 2013 06:20 PM
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – The West Virginia University rowing team wrapped up competition at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational Regatta on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Four WVU crews raced in round three of the regatta against Buffalo and Georgetown on Sunday.

"We performed adequately considering the time of year and amount of water time we've had, but of course, we're striving for more than merely adequate," said head coach Jimmy King. "After improving our racing from round 1 to round 2, some of our crews took a step back in round 3, so that was a disappointing way to end the regatta"

The varsity 8+ ‘A’ crew consisting of Rachelle Purych, Kelly Kramer, Hilary Meale, Mollie Rosen, Danielle Widecrantz, Jessica Hurlbert, Karen Verwey, Courtney Schrand and coxswain Ellen Shular crossed the finish line in 7:09.96. Their time was the best of the day for the Mountaineers and was good enough for a third-place finish.

The 8+ ‘B’ crew of Rachel Cokeley, Lisa Deklau, Mary Ignatiadis, Elizabeth Kantak, Elizabeth Duarte, Tamyra Roberts, Melinda Sharon, Bethany Anne Sapen and coxswain Morgan Leach secured a second-place finish in their heat with a time of 7:17.56.

The 8+ ‘C’ crew of Kaitlyn Eason, Danika Rencken, Kimberlie May, Kendra Welker, Mary Cook, Angelica Fell, Addie Dulaney, Allyson Pytlak and coxswain Sarah Dodd rounded out the 8+ competition for the Mountaineers with a first-place finish and a time of 8:02.10 in their heat.

The varsity 4+ crew of Allison Coates, Enya Messersmith, Caroline Mullins, Susannah Hartlove and coxswain Alexandra Basil wrapped up competition for WVU with a time of 8:22.84, good enough for second place.

"We're clearly ahead of where we were this time last year, both on the water and off," King said. "On the water our speed and depth are much improved while off the water our team dynamic is also healthier and stronger than it has ever been. As I cautioned our team at the end of the regatta, however, we need to make sure we are actively working towards continual improvement rather than merely expecting it to occur."

The Mountaineers return to action on Saturday, April 6, when they race against Alabama and Central Florida on the Black Warrior River in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Tags
WVU Rowing, NCAA Rowing, Big 12 Rowing


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