Rowing Heads to Bucknell

  • By Micah Truex
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  • April 26, 2013 12:59 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W. Va. - The West Virginia University rowing team will travel to Lewisberry, Pa., on April 27, to compete in a double dual on the Pinchot Lake with Bucknell, Connecticut and Delaware.

The Mountaineers are set to race against Bucknell in round one starting at 2:30 p.m., and Delaware in round two starting at 4:30 p.m.

Five crews will be racing for WVU this weekend. Two crews will compete in the first and second varsity 4+ event and three crews will race in the first, second and third varsity 8+ event.

“This weekend we will race in a Double Dual where four schools each race two rounds of duals,” says head coach Jimmy King. “All four schools competed at the Knecht Cup, so we have an idea of our relative speeds from two weeks ago. Bucknell finished ahead of us in each category that we raced, so we have a significant challenge ahead of us and we'll work to close those gaps from two weeks ago.”

Previously at the Knecht Cup Regatta, WVU had two crews advance to the final rounds of their respective events on April 14.

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 raced in the Petite Final of their event and posted a fourth-place finish with a time of 7:12.88. The finish was good enough for a 10th-place finish overall out of 31 entries.

The first varsity 8+ crew comprised of Rachelle Purych, Lisa Deklau, Kelly Kramer, Danielle Widecrantz, Elizabeth Kantak, Jessica Hurlbert, Karen Verwey, Courtney Schrand and coxswain Mallory Fisher advanced to the Grand Final of their event and posted a fifth-place finish in 6:49.14. The crew earned the Mountaineers’ highest finish of the day, with a fifth-place finish out of 34 crews.

“Our racing environment will be completely different compared to the Knecht Cup where there were over 30 entries in the varsity eight events,” King says. “Having a weekend at home has definitely been beneficial. During the past two weeks we've worked on raising our racing rate and with that, of course, our base speed. While we've seen improvements in training, we'll find out Saturday if those changes are ‘race ready’.”

Action is set to begin at 2:30 p.m., for the Mountaineers and a recap of the day’s action will be available on WVUsports.com following the completion of competition.