MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University rowing team concluded racing at the Knecht Cup on the Cooper River in Cherry Hill, N.J. on Sunday, with two crews placing in the top 10 of their respective events.
The first varsity 8+ crew of Rachelle Purych
, Lisa Deklau
, Kelly Kramer
, Danielle Widecrantz
, Elizabeth Kantak
, Jessica Hurlbert
, Karen Verwey
, Courtney Schrand
and coxswain Mallory Fisher
, set the stage for the Mountaineers by advancing to the Grand Final of their event.
WVU raced against Bucknell, Holy Cross, Barry, Northeastern and Bucknell (LWT), crossing the finish line in fifth place in 6:49.14. The crew earned the Mountaineers’ highest finish of the day, with a fifth-place finish out of 34 crews.
Prior to the varsity 8+ event, 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
advanced to the Petite Final of their event.
The crew faced Buffalo, Old Dominion, Alabama, Dayton and North Carolina, and posted a fourth-place finish with a time of 7:12.88. The crew’s finish was good enough for a 10th-place finish out of 31 entries.
The Mountaineers return to action on Saturday, April 27, when they will race in a double dual at Bucknell, with Connecticut and Delaware on the Pinchot Lake, in Lewisberry, Pa.