April 9, 2006
CAMDEN, NJ - Gonzaga University's women's varsity 8+ made a solid late charge but could not catch defending champion University of Massachusetts as the Bulldogs placed second in the Grand Final at the Knecht Cup hosted by Villanova University on the Cooper River.
Gonzaga fell behind at the start of the 2,000 meter race but pushed themselves over the remainder of the course to close to within three seconds of UMass. Massachusetts won with a time of 7:07.5 with Gonzaga closing at 7:10.5. The two boats had a solid distance between themselves and third place finisher Villanova which finished eight seconds back of Gonzaga at 7:18.7.
Buffalo, Marist and Connecticut rounded out the finishers in the Knecht Cup Grand Final. Gonzaga had placed fifth in last year's event.
The Bulldogs will return home and host Western Washington University in the Blue Cup Regatta next Saturday at Silver Lake.
Knecht Cup Grand FinalCooper River (Camden, NJ)2,000 meters
Massachusetts- 7:07.5Gonzaga - 7:10.8Villanova- 7:18.7Buffalo - 7:22.2Marist- 7:25.3Connecticut- 7:30.6