Rowing Earns Four Victories at Head of Ohio


By Jonathan Hevron for WVUsports.com
October 05, 2013 07:42 PM
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – West Virginia University rowing opened its fall season at the Head of the Ohio on the Allegheny River with four first-place victories.

"We had a good day coming out on the winning side of some very close races,” says coach Jimmy King. “Today's effort was good enough, but our team knows that we have a lot of work ahead of us to get where we want to be by spring."

Karen Verwey opened the day with a first-place finish for WVU in the women’s open 1x. Verwey defeated four other rowers, three from Duquesne, with a time of 19:45.20.

In the women’s open 8+, the Mountaineers’ boat of Elizabeth Duarte, Kelly Kramer, Mollie Rosen, Jessica Hurlbert, Rachel Cokeley, Liz Kantak, Verwey, Courtney Schrand and coxswain Mallory Fisher beat out Duquesne’s top boat for first place with a time of 15:34.66.

WVU’s second boat, crewed by Melinda Sharon, Bethany Anne Sapen, Hannah Onians, Susannah Hartlove, Lisa Deklau, Megan Brophy, Allison Coates, Tamyra Roberts and coxswain Emily Deming, crossed the line in fourth place with a time of 16:07.8. Addie Dulaney, Louisa Morgan, Whitney Chrisman, Kaitlyn Eason, Kimberlie May, Sarah Taylor, Madison James, Marika Huskins and coxswain Alexandra Basil finished in 14th out of 18 teams for the Mountaineers, crossing in 17:41.83.

WVU had two entries in the women’s open 2x, crossing the line in first and third place. The boat of Kantak and Schrand recorded a time of 17:41.46, while the duo of Kramer and Cokeley finished in 18:25.21.

The Mountaineers final race of the day featured four boats in the women’s open 4+. Rosen, Kramer, Duarte, Schrand and coxswain Sarah Dodd led the way with 17:41.41, beating out the top boat from Marietta College by less than two seconds for first place.

Hurlbert, Cokeley, Kantak, Verwey and coxswain Morgan Leach recorded a time of 18:00.99, good enough for sixth place. In seventh place, about 10 seconds behind, was WVU’s boat of James, Huskins, Onians, Brophy and Abigail Fondren. Caroline Mullins, Allyson Pytlak, Summer Socha, Mary Cook and coxswain Allison Arnold crossed the line in 19th out of 27 boats for a time of 19:29.14.

The Mountaineers return to the water on October 26 at the Head of the Schuylkill in Philadelphia, Pa.

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