May 30, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The USD women's rowing team, making their first appearance in the NCAA Division I Rowing Championships, turned in solid performances on the first day of the three-day championship event being held at the Indianapolis Rowing Center at Eagle Creek Park. Competing against the top programs in the country, the USD Toreros were represented by three boats - the Varsity Eight I, Varsity Eight II and Varsity Four - and competed in a total of six races today.
USD's Varsity Eight 1 (cox: Erica Mayer, Mary Jo Keys, Michelle Campbell, Brianna Lamb, Nneka Anyanwu, Megan Goodman, Cristina Morcom, Taylor Kendzierski, Courntey Olson) was the Toreros first boat in the water to compete today and in their first heat of the day turned in a solid 6:31.69, placing 4th ahead of Louisville (6:31.78), and behind Ohio State (6:18.25), Michigan (6.22.09) and USC (6:26.17). In their afternoon Repechage heat, they placed an impressive third out of seven teams with a time of 6:32.70. They finished ahead of strong programs from Washington State (6:34.10), Northeastern (6:46.01), Oklahoma (6:46.33) and Boston University (6:55.86), while Notre Dame (6:28.87) and Indiana (6:30.42) finished just ahead of the Toreros. The Varsity Eight I will compete on Saturday morning at 6:40 a.m. (PT) in the C/D Semifinals against crews from Boston University, Northeastern, Wisconsin, and Massachusetts. The top three teams will advance to the Upper Final, with the remaining teams advancing to the Lower Final.
USD's Varsity Eight II (cox: Karli Wittenberg, Megan McNamara, Jennifer Travis, Avalon Koenig, Carla Kinnunen,Uche Anyanwu, Rachel Kincaid, Ellycia Halden and Allyson Ward) covered the 2,000 meter course in 6:53.57 and finished in 4th ahead of Wisconsin (7:01.57), with the top three times coming from Brown (6:30.93), Michigan (6:31.22) and Washington (6:31.29). In the afternoon Repechage heat, the Toreros placed 4th out of 7 teams with a time of 6:44.12. They beat out strong programs from Oklahoma (6:50.04), Northeastern (6:56.13) and Boston University (7:16.57). Notre Dame (6:36.45), Washington State (6:38.71) and Indiana (6:43.84) finished just ahead of USD in a very competitive heat. On Saturday morning the USD Varsity Eight II will race in the C/D Semifinals beginning at 7:20 a.m. (PT) against crews from Boston University, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Jacksonville. The top three teams will advance to the Upper Final, with the remaining teams advancing to the Lower Final.
USD's Varsity Four (cox: Rachel Michel, Kathleen Petrich, Hannah Saddler, Abigail McLauchlin and McKenna Wray)turned in a time of 7:32.30 as they were just edged out by Princeton (7:30.44) for 4th place. Brown (7:14.10) held off USC (7:14.43) for the top time in heat 1 with Michigan (7:23.11) placing third. In the afternoon Repechage heat, the Toreros clocked 7:34.05 as they finished ahead of both Harvard (7:38.73) and Massachusetts (7:42.86), and were just edged out by Louisville (7:33.01) for the 4th spot. Ohio State (7:16.70), Michigan (7:20.46), and Washington State (7:27.21) turned in the heats top times. On Saturday the USD Varsity Four will compete in the C/D Semifinals at 8:00 a.m. (PT) against teams from Massachusetts, Boston University, Louisville, and UCLA. The top three teams will advance to the Upper Final, with the remaining teams advancing to the Lower Final.