MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University rowing team took two medals in the women's novice 4+ race at the Head of the Occoquan.
"I am extremely pleased with the finish times in the novice fours. Medaling in your first ever collegiate race as walk-ons is a great accomplishment,” says coach Mandy Merritt. “Now they have the first race jitters out of the way and I know what we need to do to improve."
The Mountaineers' started the day in the varsity women's 8+ race, with the boat led by coxswain Mallory Fisher
crossing the line in seventh place with a time of 17:52.81. The crew featuring coxswain Morgan Leach
followed close behind, finishing in 18:07.73 for 10 th place. The Mountaineers' final boat came in 22nd, with a time of 19:09.99.
Georgetown took gold out of the 33 boats in the women's 8+, finishing the course in 16:59.28.
"The placings of our varsity crews were not necessarily the outcomes we had hoped for but we were pleased to see the time gaps starting to decrease between our boats,” says coach Stacey Van Order. “The team is becoming more competitive, which is going to make us better at every level within the team.”
In the college women's novice 4+, the crew of Emily Moran earned silver, crossing the line in 21:19.5. The Mountaineers' boat with coxswain Megan Haefele took bronze, finishing in 21:54.95.
WVU's lead boat finished 14 seconds behind Duquesne, who took gold out of the 17 crews.
The novice crews took the water again in the afternoon in the women's novice 8+. The Mountaineers' boat with coxswain Moran finished in 10th, completing the course in 19:55.40. WVU's second novice boat crossed the line in 22:27.80, finishing in 22nd.
Navy claimed gold out of the 24 boats in the novice 8+, crossing the line in 17:43.61.
The Mountaineers took fifth place out of 37 crews in the women's varsity 4+ with the crew featuring Emily Deming
finishing in 19:33.68. WVU's second boat with coxswain Abigail Fondren
took 17th in 20:08.7, the boat featuring coxswain Brittany James
finished in 20th with a 20:48.70 and the Mountaineers' final boat with coxswain Caitlin Madamba
crossed in 31st with a 21:45.94.
WVU's novice crew is back in action on November 8 against Duquesne in Morgantown. The varsity squad returns to the water on November 17 at the Rivanna Romp in Earlysville, Va.