MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University rowing team’s trip to the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in Philadelphia was highlighted by a bronze medal finish in the women’s open 4+ earlier today.
“Frustrating day for the Mountaineers overall on the Schuylkill,” says coach Jimmy King. “I certainly don't make it easy for our team bringing them into this regatta, tired from training then racing them two and three times on the day. I have always used the fall regattas as part of our training rather than events for which we train. Regardless of the circumstances, we expected better results on the day.”
WVU’s best finish of the day came in a close race in the women’s open four+. The Mountaineers “A” boat of Elizabeth Duarte
, Elizabeth Kantak
, Karen Verwey
, Courtney Schrand
and coxswain Emily Deming
took a third-place finish in 16:55.31. Duquesne won the gold medal with a 16:52.23, edging out Holy Cross who took silver in 16:52.64. WVU’s “B” and “C” boats finished in 10th and 15th, respectively.
"Our top Open 4+ crew raced to a bronze medal finish, and although it has been quite a while since WVU earned a medal at the Schuylkill, there was a bit of disappointment in an opportunity lost coming so close to a win," King says.
In the college/club open eights+ final, the boat of Melinda Sharon
, Kelly Kramer
, Hannah Onians
, Tamyra Roberts
, Mollie Rosen
, Duarte, Schrand and coxswain Morgan Leach
led the way for the Mountaineers with an eighth-place finish, crossing the line in 16:42.58. WVU’s “B” and “C” crews took 16th and 34th place, respectively. Drexel finished first in 16:18.60.
The Mountaineers earned a 12th place finish in the open heavy championship 8+ with the crew of Duarte, Kramer, Rosen, Rachel Cokeley
, Jessica Hurlbert
, Kantak, Verwey, Schrand and coxswain Mallory Fisher
crossing the line in 16:46.80. Trinity won the race in 15:41.43.
WVU takes to the water again on November 2 at the Head of the Occoquan in Fairfax, Va.
Frosh/Novice Open 4
Open heavy championship 8+ final