Women's Rowing Varsity 8 Wins A-10 Championship; McCracken Named Coach of the Year
April 23, 2006
PENNSAUKEN, NJ - The George Washington women's rowing varsity eight capured the 2006 Atlantic 10 Championship in the grand final edging Temple by .9 tenths of a second Saturday on the Cooper River in Pennsauken, NJ. The Colonials placed fifth of the nine competing A-10 schools in the overall team point standings and GW's first-year head coach Rob McCracken was named Coach of the Year in voting conducted among the Conference's head coaches.
The University of Massachusetts won its 11th Atlantic 10 Women's Rowing Championship title in as many years Saturday. The 11-championship title streak is the longest in any sport in Atlantic 10 history.
The Minutewomen won four of nine races in posting 45 total points. Saint Joseph's placed second with 33 points - the highest finish ever for the Hawks at the Atlantic 10 Championship. Dayton was third with 30 points and Rhode Island finished fourth with 29 points. The Rams were followed by George Washington (21 points), Fordham (14 points), Temple (12 points), Duquesne (9 points), and La Salle (0 points). "During the afternoon finals, the wind really kicked up resulting in a strong cross-head wind cutting across the course," McCracken said. "Some of our boats were able to deal a bit better with the wind than others."
UMass won gold in the Quad (8:49.9), Lightweight 4 (9:58.0), Novice 8-B (9:37.8), and 2nd Varsity 8 (8:43.8) en route to the team title. Saint Joseph's won two events - Novice 4 (9:33.0), Varsity 4 (9:44.0) - while Dayton captured first in the Lightweight 8 (8:29.5), Rhode Island won the Novice 8-A (8:51.0), and George Washington took the Varsity 8 (8:03.0).
"I am really proud of how the Varsity 4 and the Varsity 8 raced in the finals. Both boats were down coming into the final 300 meters, but were able to put together a great sprint to rocket into first place
(V8) and second place (V4)," McCracken added. "Winning the varsity 8 is a huge accomplishment for the team. Everyone has worked hard to make that boat fast this year. I am excited that everything is starting to come together. We have been getting faster each week and I can't wait to see what the rest of the season brings. I want to thank my fellow A-10 coaches for selecting me as coach of the year and my student-athletes for all their hard work over the course of the season which made this award possible."
The Colonials' next race will take place on Saturday, April 29, against Princeton in NJ.