Rowing Finishes 10th At C-USA Championship
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University rowing team concluded its 2014 campaign with a 10th-place finish at the Conference USA Championship on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn., led by senior Courtney Schrand's All-Conference USA honor.
"The progress we made in the past two weeks allowed our crews to put together their best racing of the season,” says coach Jimmy King. “Speed was certainly gained, and while it obviously wasn't enough, we saw the improvements for which we've been striving since the Big 12 Championship."
Schrand was named to the All-Conference USA team for the second consecutive season. This marks her second all-conference honor this season, as she represented WVU on the All-Big 12 team earlier this month.
Oklahoma, the 2014 Big 12 Conference Champions, repeated as Conference USA Champions, tallying a team total of 62 points. Tennessee finished second, while Kansas State rounded out the top three.
"A casual review of today's results would lead one to dismiss what we accomplished today. If one looks back, however, to where we were two months ago against some of these same crews during the Cardinal Invite, then a month ago at the Knecht Cup, and even two weeks ago at Big 12, one will realize we've come a long way this season,” King says.
The Mountaineers reached the Grand Final in the Open Four+, posting a sixth-place finish with a 8:06.02 after finishing second in their opening round heat with a 7:55.31, edging out Texas and Tulsa.
In the First Varsity Eight+, WVU just missed out on reaching the Grand Finals, finishing its morning heat in 6:49.970, good for fourth place. Kansas State, who defeated the Mountaineers at the Big 12 Championship on May 3, edged out WVU to earn a lane in the afternoon's finals by 0.87 seconds.
The Mountaineers took second in the Varsity Eight+ Petite Final with a 6:49.01 in the afternoon session, defeating a Kansas crew by four seconds that bested WVU at the Big 12 Championship by five seconds. Sacramento State won the heat with a 6:45.8.
WVU's Second Varsity Eight+ crew crossed the line in fifth place with a 7:08.6 opening round. In the Petite Final, the Mountaineers earned a fourth-place finish with a 7:06.8. Sacramento State took first with a 6:57.5.
The Varsity Four+ competed in the Petite Final, finishing in fourth place. The crew rowed an 8.09.66. Sacramento State won the heat with a 7:48.3. In the morning session, WVU finished sixth with an 8:11.83. Kansas State won the heat with a 7:33.5.
The Third Varsity Eight+ boat finished in fourth place, crossing the line in 7:22.12. Oklahoma won the heat with a 7:06.00.
"This has been a season of frustration for all of us due to a variety of factors, but this team never stopped working to get better,” King says. “The resiliency and persistence of this year's team reflects the character within and gives us a strong foundation on which to build."
Final Team Standings
1. Oklahoma – 62
2. Tennessee – 58
3. Kansas State – 56
4. Tulsa – 46
5. Texas – 44
6. Sacramento State – 30
7. Kansas – 28
8. Old Dominion - 27
9. San Diego State – 19
10. West Virginia - 17
11. Alabama - 9
List of Crews
First Varsity Eight+: Elizabeth Duarte, Kelly Kramer, Louisa Morgan, Jessica Hurlbert, Megan Brophy, Lisa Deklau, Karen Verwey, Courtney Schrand, Mallory Fisher
Second Varsity Eight+: Caroline Mullins, Mollie Rosen, Melinda Sharon, Bethany Sapen, Rachel Cokeley, Tamyra Roberts, Elizabeth Kantak, Susannah Hartlove, Abigail Harris
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