Rowing Opens Fall Season

  • By Jonathan Hevron
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  • October 04, 2013 03:39 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University rowing opens its fall season at the 27th annual Head of Ohio Regatta on Saturday, Oct. 5, on the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh, Pa.

“Although early in the season, the Head of the Ohio is a great place for us to kick off our fall racing,” says coach Jimmy King. “We'll have the opportunity to evaluate our team in racing conditions to see where progress has been made, as well as where progress still needs to be made.”

The Mountaineers will be competing in four different races, with a total of 10 entries. WVU will be racing three boats in the Open 8+ at 10:15 a.m., and four boats in the Open 4+ at 1:35 p.m.

In last season’s regatta, the Mountaineers earned three top-five finishes.
The 8+ 'A' crew of Karen Verwey, Rachelle Purych, Jessica Hurlbert, Kelly Kramer, Brianna Dendler, Mollie Rosen, Lisa Deklau, Hilary Meale and coxswain Ellen Shular crossed the finish line in 15:22.51, earning them a fourth-place finish.

The 8+ 'B' crew of Enya Messersmith, Tamyra Roberts, Bethany Anne Sapen, Melinda Sharon, Rachel Cokeley, Danielle Widecrantz, Elizabeth Kantak, Mary Ignatiadis and coxswain Mallory Fisher finished eight seconds behind, in fifth place, with a time of 15:30.75.

The Varsity 4+ ‘A’ boat of Verwey, Purych, Kramer, Rosen and coxswain Fisher led the Mountaineers with a second-place finish out of 27 schools.

WVU returns 20 of last season’s 27 varsity rowers and all 15 rowers on the 2012-13 novice roster. The Mountaineers have added eight freshmen to the 2013 fall roster.

The Head of Ohio has become one of the most popular fall competitions, with over 2,000 competitors from high schools, colleges and clubs in the U.S. and Canada traveling to the Three River Rowing Association. The Head of the Ohio has been ranked as one of the 10 largest fall races in the country.

For more information and statistics or directions to the regatta, visit www.headoftheohio.org.

WVU’s complete race schedule:
8:15 a.m., Race 8: Open 1x (1 of 5 entries)
10 a.m., Race 21: Open 8+ (3 of 18 entries)
11:55 a.m., Race 40: Open 2x (2 of 5 entries)
1:35 p.m., Race 45: Open 4+ (4 of 27 entries)