Rowing Concludes Run at Knecht Cup
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia novice eight crew claimed third place at the Knecht Cup on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J., today.
"Our Novice Eight had a great weekend of racing,” says coach Jimmy King. “They raced with a level of maturity that had been absent just a week earlier. They're starting to figure things out and that bodes well for our team as the season progresses."
In the Grand Final earlier today, the novice eight crew crossed the line in 7:17.02 for a third-place finish. Drexel won the event with a 7:14.69, while Buffalo claimed second with a 7:16.2.
The novice eight crew won its opening heat on Saturday with a 7:07.14, which was the the third-fastest time of the event. Drexel posted a 7:05.5 and Buffalo a 7:07.05. The novice eight boat continued its momentum from its first race, claiming a second-place finish in the semifinals with a 7.10.79. Buffalo edged out WVU with a 7:09.77.
"I'm really proud of the weekend the novices put together," says assistant coach Amanda Merritt. "They had three solid races and really earned that bronze medal. I'm excited to see how they will learn from this weekend and contribute to the team the rest of the season."
Competing in the Third Final on the second day, the varsity eight crew beat out Colgate and George Mason for fourth place. WVU crossed the line in 7:17.06.
The varsity eight crew posted a fourth-place finish in its opening heat, finishing in 7:04.04. They took sixth in their semifinals heat, posting the fastest time of the day for WVU with a 6:57.21. The Mountaineers' time defeated Alabama, Colgate and George Mason.
"We obviously want and expect better results from our top crews, but they did make some progress this weekend in their racing,” King says. “We'll continue working to find more speed that we know lies within our team. Although we haven't found our stride yet, the team continues to work hard because they know there is more speed to be found."
In the women's varsity four, the Mountaineers took third in the first round with a 7:58.01. Boston College won the heat with a 7:43.7, while Temple edged out WVU by two seconds. In the semifinals, the varsity four crew finished its heat in sixth, coming in three seconds behind Alabama with a 7:52.52. Competing in the Third Finals, the Mountaineers edged out Connecticut to take fifth place, finishing in 8:13.25.
The second varsity four team posted an 8:07.64 in its only race of the weekend, finishing the heat in fourth ahead of Temple.
The second varsity eight crew qualified for the Petite Final. WVU finished the heat in sixth place, recording a 7:07.18. The second varsity eight squad posted the Mountaineers' fastest time of the opening round, crossing the line in third with a 7:02.9. The second varsity eight crew improved on its round one time, recording a 6:59.21 to finish the first-semifinal heat in fourth.
The third varsity eight finished ahead of Delaware to take fourth place in its heat, posting a time of 7:25.32.
"I also want to thank all of our parents and friends who were in attendance this weekend. We had a great turnout and their support means much to us," King says.
The Mountaineers take to the water next on April 19 against Bucknell and George Mason in Shamokin Dam, Pa.
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