Rowing Advances Two Crews to Finals


By Micah Truex for WVUsports.com
April 13, 2013 10:07 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University rowing team concluded its first day of competition at the Knecht Cup on the Cooper River in Cherry Hill, N.J., with two crews advancing to the finals of its events.

The first varsity 8+ crew of Rachelle Purych, Lisa Deklau, Kelly Kramer, Elizabeth Kantak, Jessica Hurlbert, Karen Verwey, Courtney Schrand and coxswain Mallory Fisher secured a place in the Grand Final by placing second in its semifinal with a time of 6:40.30.

The crew will line up against Holy Cross, Bucknell, Barry, Bucknell (LWT) and Northeastern in the Grand Final at 2:30 p.m.

Additionally, the second varsity 8+ crew of Bethany Anne Sapen, Melinda Sharon, Mollie Rosen, Allison Coates, Hilary Meale, Mary Ignatiadis, Jeannine McCarty, Elizabeth Duarte and coxswain Ellen Shular has advanced to the Petite Finals, after placing third in its semifinal. The crew finished the race in 7:04.39.

In the Petite Finals, the crew will race against Dayton, Alabama, North Carolina, Buffalo and Old Dominion at 12:50 p.m.

The second novice 4+ crew of Addie Dulaney, Allyson Pytlak, Angelica Fell, Tiffany Hatcher and coxswain Allison Arnold was the first of WVU’s entries to qualify for a semifinal. In its semifinal heat, the crew finished fifth behind George Mason ‘A’ (8:00.35), Pittsburgh (8:05.06), Robert Morris (8:26.22), George Mason ‘B’ (8:43.47) and ahead of Lafayette (9:00.41).

The first and second varsity 4+ crews did not advance to the semifinals after round one of racing. The first varsity 4+ crew of Brianna Dendler, Danika Rencken, Kaitlyn Eason, Enya Messersmith and coxswain Morgan Leach crossed the finish line in sixth place of heat five, with a time of 8:34.35. The second varsity 4+ crew of Mary Cook, Susannah Hartlove, Caroline Mullins, Kendra Welker and coxswain Brittany James finished in sixth place of heat one, with a time of 8:34.37.

The novice 8+ crew of Tiffany Hatcher, Angelica Fell, Allyson Pytlak, Caroline Mullins, Summer Socha, Sarah Taylor, Addie Dulaney, Kimberlie May and coxswain Brittany James placed fourth with a time of 7:59.41 in heat five of its event.

The Mountaineers’ final entry, the first novice 4+ crew, was scratched from competition.

For results, live updates and directions to the regatta, click here.

A full recap of Sunday’s action at the Knecht Cup will be available on WVUsports.com following the completion of competition.

Tags
WVU Rowing, NCAA Rowing, Big 12 Rowing, C-USA Rowing


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