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Rutgers Rowing Competes at BIG EAST Championship
  • Posted on May 03, 2011 3:33:49 PM
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  • West Windsor, N.J. (May 3, 2011) - The Rutgers rowing team raced at the BIG EAST Championship Sunday, May 1, at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, NJ. 

    Rutgers finished fourth overall in the fastest varsity eight grand final since the inception of the BIG EAST Championship in 2005, and the closest margins between the top 6 in the history of the event.

    Louisville won the event in 6:40.0, followed by Notre Dame (6:42.83), Georgetown (6:44.69), Rutgers (6:47.14), Syracuse (6:51.12), and West Virginia (7:01.94). The Scarlet Knights got off the line clean and fast, and established an effective base rhythm in the first 500m.  An impressive closing sprint edged the Knights’ bow out ahead of Syracuse. 

    “It’s disappointing not to medal,” said head coach Max Borghard. “But they left everything they had out there today. You couldn’t possibly ask for a better effort or a better race.”

    The 1V line up, from stern to bow: Katie Quinn ’12 (coxswain), Kat Geithman ’12 (stroke), Janine Ford ’11 (7), Helen Becz ’11 (6), Raelyn Loiselle ’14 (5), Stephanie Ford ’14 (4), Mary Gromlowicz ’11 (3), Kathleen Lai ’12 (2), Christine Hannigan ’11 (bow).

    Rutgers’ second varsity eight finished sixth in the grand final. The 2V line-up, from stern to bow: Ellie Kleiman ’12 (coxswain), Laura Ford ’13 (stroke), Ashley Mills ’11 (7), Emilia Topp ’14 (6), Kara Trivolis ’13 (5), Katie Bakaj ’14 (4), Emily Nowlin ’13 (3), Sam Steffier ’11 (2), Stephanie Nunziato ’11 (bow). 

    “While sixth isn’t where we were shooting to finish, you have to put things in perspective. They put together their most complete and fastest race yet this season,” said Borghard. “They also made up 8.5 seconds on UConn, since the Knecht Cup three weeks ago.” 

    Notre Dame won the 2V in 6:49.10, followed by Louisville (6:51.01), Georgetown (6:58.15), Syracuse (6:59.83), UConn (7:05.65), and Rutgers (7:06.96). 

    The 3V8 finished sixth in their respective grand final. The 4+ finished second in the petite final.

    Rutgers will be back in action Sunday May 15, on the Cooper River, for the EAWRC Eastern Sprints Championship. 

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