PISCATAWAY, N.J. (October 16, 2013) – The Rutgers rowing team turned in a solid performance at the Navy Day Regatta on Oct. 12 in Philadelphia, Pa., as the first Varsity 8 took sixth place out of 21 crews competing at the event with a time of 13:59.8. The second Varsity 8 also recorded an impressive race, clocking in at 14:07.2 to take second place out of 10 boats.
The first Varsity 8 squad consisted of junior coxswain Brigid Parker (Califon, N.J.), sophomore Emily Goodman (Princeton, N.J.), senior Katie Bakaj (Longport, N.J.), senior Stephanie Ford (Nutley, N.J.), senior Gabby Oliviera (Long Island City, N.Y.), junior Veronica Leach (Bowie, Md.), sophomore Caitlin Lavery (Lawrenceville, N.J.), senior Emilia Topp (Vienna, Va.) and senior Raelyn Louiselle (Tampa, Fla.).
Rowing in the second Varsity 8 was sophomore coxswain Christina McGinnis (Ringwood, N.J.), sophomore Bailey Irelan (Delaware, Ohio), senior Ashley Cha (Fort Lee, N.J.), senior Amanda Dothe (Linwood, N.J.), junior Melissa McCleery (South Amboy, N.J.), junior Katie Hungrige (East Brunswick, N.J.), senior Andrea Samuelewski (Colonia, N.J.), sophomore Veronica DeSalvo (Plymouth, Minn.) and freshman Langley Oudemans (Hammonton, N.J.).
Rutgers also watched its alumnae lineup win the women’s Masters 8 event. The crew consisted of coxswain Sarah Riggs, Jess Purvis Frost, Melissa Trodden Corrado, Liz Byham, Laura Syckafoose, McInerney, Terry Schmidt Vaites, Melanie Borger and bow Meg Gug Long. A non-Rutgers rower also rowed with the squad in the event.
All of the RU rowers were part of the team that qualified for the first-ever NCAA National Championship in 1997. Syckafoose and Schmidt helped qualify the varsity four for the 1998 NCAA Tournament.
RU will return to New Jersey on Oct. 27 for the Princeton Chase. The Scarlet Knights will then close out the fall with consecutive Garden State races, competing at the Collegiate Small Boats Regatta on Nov. 3 in West Windsor, N.J. and returning to race “On the Banks” at the Rutgers Classic on Nov. 9.
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