Women's Rowing Opens Season At Murphy Cup
Colonials' Novice 4 Finishes In Sixth
March 26, 2011
PHILADELPHIA, PA- The George Washington women's rowing team opened their spring season on Saturday afternoon at the 29th Annual Murphy Cup on the Skuylkill River, taking sixth-place in the Novice 4 Race.
"The Murphy Cup has gotten to be a highly competitive event with this year's addition of Marist and Rutgers" said head coach Eric Carcich. "22 Varsity Division I women's programs were in Philadelphia to compete at this year's event with six of the nine A-10 rowing schools present. It was great to gain an early season read as to where we stand compared to our A-10 competition".
The Colonials varsity 8, consisting of freshman Madison Townley (stroke), junior Anne Kuznicki (7-seat), freshman Megan Culberson (6-seat), sophomore Anna Kaminski (5-seat), freshman Mary Duff (4-seat), freshman Bethany Grim (3-seat), freshman Sarah Pickus (3-seat), junior Sarah Hill (bow) and junior Meghan Kearns (cox) finished in third place out of five schools in the morning race with a time of 06:56.20, just eight seconds behind the winning boat from Bucknell. However, the Colonials did not qualify for the finals.
GW's novice 4, comprised of freshman Hannah Gisness (stroke), freshman Rebecca Blathras (3-seat), R. Kayleigh (2-seat), freshman Caroline Gaffney (bow) and freshman Rebecca Blathras (cox) took first-place out of four competing schools (Marist, Vassar, St. Josephs were scratched). The Colonials crossed the finish line in 8:07.49, besting second-place George Mason by nearly 13 seconds. After advancing to the finals the Colonials boat finished in sixth-place out of 20 crews. "We are really young right now so getting up to Philadelphia and racing on Saturday was a great way to expose some things we need to work on" said Carcich. "This is a great group of women and I am confident we will be able to make some adjustments and be ready for the A-10 Championships in three weeks".
The Colonials will host the Annual George Washington Invitational Regatta on April 8 and 9 on the Potomac River.
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