Rowing Places Sixth at C-USA Championship


By Brian Kuppelweiser for WVUsports.com
May 18, 2013 06:52 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University rowing team had its 2013 spring season come to a close on Saturday afternoon, as it placed sixth in the Conference USA Rowing Championship held on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

The Mountaineers accumulated 36 team points – one behind Kansas State’s 37 points that placed it fifth overall.

Competing at Melton Hill Lake for the second time this season, WVU was paced by the efforts of its first and second varsity 8+ crews.

The first varsity 8+ crew of Jessica Hurlbert, Courtney Schrand, Rachelle Purych, Lisa Deklau, Danielle Widecrantz, Karen Verwey, Kelly Kramer, Liz Kantak and coxswain Mallory Fisher registered a third-place finish (6:49.53) in its heat and a fifth-place finish (6:47.56) in its Grand Final.

The second varsity 8+ crew of Hilary Meale, Mary Ignatiadis, Mollie Rosen, Bethany Anne Sapen, Melinda Sharon, Tamyra Roberts, Jeannine McCarty, Elizabeth Duarte and coxswain Ellen Shular finished third (6:59.59) in its heat and placed fifth (7:06.06) in its Grand Final.

In the varsity 4+ competition, the Mountaineers’ crew of Enya Messersmith, Susannah Hartlove, Rachel Cokeley, Allison Coates and coxswain Morgan Leach finished sixth (7:59.62) in its heat. In its Petite Final, the crew placed fifth (7:59.88).

In open 4+ competition, WVU had two crews compete. With both Mountaineer crews competing in the Petite Final, the 4+ ‘B’ crew of Summer Socha, Caroline Mullins, Mary Cook, Kendra Welker and coxswain Brittany James placed third (8:03.84), while the ‘A’ crew of Danika Rencken, Kaitlyn Eason, Sarah Taylor, Kimberlie May and coxswain Sarah Dodd finished fourth (8:07.27).

Following racing action, the C-USA All-Conference Team was announced, with Schrand being the lone WVU representative. For Schrand, it is her second all-conference honor of the season, as she was named All-Big 12 First Team at the Big 12 Championship.

Oklahoma, which entered the weekend ranked No. 5 in the NCAA South Region, took the team crown, as it accumulated 63 team points. By doing so, the Sooners earned their first-ever bid to the NCAA Championship.

C-USA determined the team champion based on placement in first varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four competition.

Tags
WVU Rowing, NCAA Rowing, CUSA Rowing


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