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Women's Rowing Concludes Season at Eastern Sprints

The Varisty Four was Victorious at Eastern Sprints Sunday
The Varisty Four was Victorious at Eastern Sprints Sunday

May 19, 2008

CAMDEN, NJ - The George Washington University women's rowing team wrapped up its 2008 season Sunday at the Eastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges (EAWRC) Eastern Sprints on the Cooper River in Camden, NJ.

GW's 3rd Varsity Four,a crew of senior coxswain Gina Fernandes, junior Bonnie Scott, sophomore Rhonda Crittle, senior Elizabeth Cavanaugh and senior Emily Esman won the 3rd Level Final with a time of 8:07.069 for 13th place overall. The group bested crews from Cornell, cross-town rival Georgetown, Rutgers and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

"I am really proud of our varsity four," said coach Rob McCracken. "We put this group together about three weeks ago and they have gotten better every day. After falling behind early in the race, they were able to regain their composure to win by open water."

Also competing for the Colonials was the Varsity Eight, which took fifth in the 3rd Level Final for a 17th place finish. GW defeated MIT, but fell to squads from Navy, Georgetown, Boston College and Rutgers in its final.

"We certainly had hoped to finish higher in the varsity eight race," said McCracken. "Unfortunately, today was not our day. Even though we did not finish where we wanted, we were much closer to many of the crews we raced earlier in the season which is a step in the right direction.

On the novice side, GW had two boats in action. The crew of coxswain Brittany McCormick, Margy Goodman, Nicole Marquand, Jessica Batter, Sisi Ruan, Kristina Zarenko, Olivia Richman, Elaine Mo, and Alex Goncalves de Oliveira took home the bronze behind Radcliffe and Navy in the 2nd Novice Eight.



"This group has worked really hard this year so I'm happy that they earned a medal," said assistant coach Maria Bokulich. " This crew is a bit on the small side, but their determination more than makes up for their lack of size. They consistently pushed the novice eight in practice all year which helped both boats get faster."

Additionally, GW's novice eight finished sixth in the Petite Final for a 12th place finish.

The Eastern Sprints marked the final race for the team's seven seniors; Liz Cavanaugh, Laura Crotty, Emily Esman, Gina Fernandes, Emily Geise, Jean Williamson and Angela Wunderli.

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