PRINCETON, N.J. (October 29, 2013) – The Rutgers rowing team competed in the Princeton Chase on Sunday, Oct. 27, racing two Varsity 8s and two Varsity 4s in the day’s competition. RU’s best finish of the afternoon was achieved by its first Varsity 4, which finished 13th with a time of 17:49.
The three-mile course of the Princeton Chase is the most competitive collegiate fall head race in the country. Included in this year’s edition of the race were former national champions Virginia, Princeton, Yale and Brown. RU also experienced a diverse range of competition, with Oregon State representing the Pac-12 Conference and Texas representing the Big 12 Conference.
The V4 unit, which consisted of junior coxswain Brigid Parker (Califon, N.J.), senior stroke Katie Bakaj (Longport, N.J.), sophomore Emily Goodman (Princeton, N.J.), senior Emilia Topp (Vienna, Va.) and senior bow Stef Ford (Nutley, N.J.), led the Scarlet Knights to their finish, which topped Texas, Rhoda Island and Columbia.
RU’s first Varsity 8 recorded a 43rd-place finish with a time of 16:43. Racing was sophomore coxswain Christina McGinnis (Ringwood, N.J.), Goodman at stroke, senior Gabby Oliviera (Long Island City, N.Y.), Ford, Bakaj, junior Veronica Leach (Bowie, Md.), sophomore Cailin Lavery (Lawrenceville, N.J.), sophomore Bailey Irelan (Delaware, Ohio) and Topp at bow.
The squad’s second Varsity 8 featured a mix of youth and experience, as freshman coxswain Josephine Roosli (Niantic, Conn.), senior stroke Amanda Dothe (Linwood, N.J.), senior Amy Cha (Fort Lee, N.J.), junior Katie Hungrige (East Brunswick, N.J.), junior Melissa McCleery (South Amboy, N.J.), freshman Langley Oudemans (Hammonton, N.J.), senior Andrea Samulewski (Colonia, N.J.), sophomore Jessi Costanzo (Clark, N.J.) and sophomore bow Veronica DeSalvo (Plymouth, Minn.) guided the boat to a 51st place finish with a time of 17:29.
Rounding out the day of competition for the Scarlet Knights was their second Varsity 4, consisting of coxswain Avi Liever, Irelan at stroke, Oliviera, Leach and DeSalvo at bow. The V4 finished 29th with a time of 19:11.
The Scarlet Knights continue their fall schedule on Sunday, Nov. 3, when they take part in the Collegiate Small Boats Regatta in West Windsor, N.J. From there, RU returns to New Brunswick on Saturday, Nov. 9 to race in the Rutgers Classic.
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