MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University rowing team has concluded racing hosted by Bucknell on the Pinchot Lake with UConn and Delaware.
“Our performances versus Bucknell and Delaware were our most complete as a team this season, said head coach Jimmy King. “We narrowed the margins in all events relative to Bucknell from two weeks ago. Our 4s finally put forth quality-racing efforts and we look for them to continue improving as we enter the championship season.”
The third varsity 8+ crew of Tiffany Hatcher
, Angelica Fell
, Allyson Pytlak
, Addie Dulaney
, Kendra Welker
, Mary Cook
, Summer Socha
, Caroline Mullins
and coxswain Allison Arnold
started the day off for the Mountaineers with a second place finish in 7:49.5 behind Connecticut (7:32.2) and ahead of Bucknell (8:04.4).
The second varsity 4+ crew of Kimberlie May
, Danika Rencken
, Kaitlyn Eason
, Sarah Taylor
and coxswain Caitlin Madamba
raced next, finishing second with a time of 8:25.7 behind Bucknell (8:22.3).
The first varsity 4+ crew comprised of Enya Messersmith
, Allison Coates
, Susannah Hartlove
, Rachel Cokeley
and coxswain Morgan Leach
also finished second to Bucknell (6:48.0) with a time of 6:58.1.
In the second varsity 8+ heat, the WVU crew of Bethany Anne Sapen
, Melinda Sharon
, Mollie Rosen
, TamyraRoberts, Hilary Meale
, Mary Ignatiadis
, Jeannine McCarty
, Elizabeth Duarte
and coxswain Ellen Shular
pulled ahead of Bucknell (7:13.7) finishing first with a time of 7:05.7, pacing round one of racing for the Mountaineers.
The first varsity 8+ crew comprised of Rachelle Purych
, Danielle Widecrantz
, Kelly Kramer
, Lisa Deklau
, Elizabeth Kantak
, Jessica Hurlbert
, Karen Verwey
, Courtney Schrand
and coxswain Mallory Fisher
ended round one of racing for WVU with a second-place finish in 6:53.2 behind Bucknell (6:49.0).
In round two of racing, the third varsity 8+ crew with Alexandra Basil
as the coxswain, finished second behind Connecticut.
The first varsity 4+ crew with coxswain Sarah Dodd
picked things back up for the Mountaineers with a first-place finish with a time of 7:27.5 ahead of Delaware (7:46.8) and WVU’s second varsity 4+ crew coxed by Brittany James
The second varsity 8+ crew kept up the pace by finishing first over Delaware (7:38.3) with a time of 7:16.5.
The first varsity 8+ crew concluded competition for the Mountaineers with a first-place finish in 6:54.2 over Delaware (7:08.7).
“All of our racing to this point of the season has been part of our training and racing development in preparation for the championship season, which begins with next weekend's Big 12 Championship,” said King. “Considering the depth of competition among the five schools, we'll need season-best performances from each crew to place well as a team.”
The Mountaineers will return to action on May 4-5, when they will compete for the Big 12 Championship title on Wyandotte County Lake in Kansas City, Kan.