Women's Rowing Places Sixth at A-10 Championship as All Four Boats Advance to Grand Finals
April 17, 2010
PENNSAUKEN, NJ -- The George Washington women's rowing team qualified all four of its entries for the Grand Finals at the 15th annual Atlantic 10 Women's Rowing Championship Saturday on the Cooper River in Pennsauken, NJ. GW placed sixth in the nine-team event after totalling 30 points.
GW's Varsity 8 placed third in the morning's preliminary heat to advance to the Grand Championship where it finished sixth for 12 points. The Colonials' Second Varsity 8 placed second in the morning heat to advance to the Grand Championship where it held off a strong effort from Temple and Saint Joseph's to win the bronze medal and pick up 14 points.
The Colonials' Varsity 4 placed third in the morning heat to advance to the Grand Championship where it earned four points by crossing the finish line in sixth place. All six entries in the Novice 4 event raced in the Grand Championship where the Colonials placed fourth.
"Another good day of racing and I'm quite happy with our overall effort," said GW head coach Eric Carcich. Adding that the conditions were a bit difficult with a strong cross tailwind, he added, "We raced hard and made some nice adjustments from last week's races."
GW senior Ellen VanCleave was named to the A-10 All-Conference First Team. VanCleave, a senior from Brookfield, WI, rows from the 7 seat in the Varsity 8 boat.
Rhode Island captured its second-ever A-10 Championship rowing title after earning 53 points and became only the second program to earn the A-10 Championship title. Massachusetts finished second with 40 points followed by a tie for third place between Saint Joseph's and Temple with 39 points each. Rounding out the team scoring was Fordham (31) in fifth, George Washington in sixth (30), Dayton (19) seventh and Duquesne and La Salle tied for eighth with eight points apiece.
The Colonials' next race will take place on Saturday, May 1, in the ECAC Metro Cup, also on the Cooper River.