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Two RU Rowers Named All-American Athletic Conference
Rutgers places fifth with 101 points at inaugural AAC Rowing Championship
  • Posted on May 18, 2014 6:52:13 PM
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  • Rutgers' First Varsity 8, pictured above, finished fifth with a time of 6:54.765 Sunday at the inaugural AAC Rowing Championship
    Ben Solomon

    WEST WINDSOR, N.J. (May 18, 2014) – A pair of Scarlet Knights were named All-American Athletic Conference rowers Sunday at the inaugural AAC Rowing Championships in West Windsor, N.J. Senior Katie Bakaj (Longport, N.J.) was placed on the all-conference first team, while classmate Stephanie Ford (Nutley, N.J.) earned a spot on the second team.


    RU finished in fifth place by accumulating 101 points on Lake Mercer, ending the day ahead of Villanova (69 points) and SMU (52 points). Louisville won the championship by collecting 158 points, with UCF finishing second (136 points) and UConn ending the day third (111 points). Temple finished just ahead of Rutgers with 109 points.

    The Varsity 4 boats turned in the best finishes on the day, with the First and Third crews placing second with times of 7:33.902 and 8:15.660, respectively, in their grand final events. The Second Varsity 4 clocked in at 7:52.741 in its race for a third-place finish.

    The First Varsity 8 finished fifth with a time of 6:54.765, the Second Varsity 8 finished sixth in 7:12.934 and the Third Varsity 8 wrapped up its grand final in fourth with a time of 7:38.634.

    First Varsity 8

    Junior Brighid Parker (Niantic, Conn.) (coxswain)

    Sophomore Bailey Irelan (Delaware, Ohio) (stroke)

    Senior Katie Bakaj (Longport, N.J.) (7)

    Senior Stephanie Ford (Nutley, N.J.) (6)

    Senior Raelyn Loiselle (Tampa, Fla.) (5)

    Sophomore Shannon Haines (Fairfax, Va.) (4)

    Sophomore Caitlyn Lavery (Lawrenceville, N.J.) (3)

    Sophomore Emily Goodman (Princeton, N.J.) (2)

    Sophomore Veronica DeSalvo (Plymouth, Minn.) (bow)

    Second Varsity 8

    Sophomore Christina McGinnis (Ringwood, N.J.) (coxswain)

    Senior Ashley Cha (Fort Lee, N.J.) (stroke)

    Junior Melissa McCleery (South Amboy, N.J.) (7)

    Freshman Langley Oudemans (Hammonton, N.J.) (6)

    Senior Gabriella Oliveira (Long Island City, N.Y.) (5)

    Senior Amanda Dothe (Linwood, N.J.) (4)

    Senior Emilia Topp (Vienna, Va.) (3)

    Junior Veronica Leach (Bowie, Md.) (2)

    Senior Jennelle Scheffler (Basking Ridge, N.J.) (bow)

    Third Varsity 8

    Freshman Carly Huff (Paramus, N.J.) (coxswain)

    Junior Lauryn Miners (San Diego, Calif.) (stroke)

    Freshman Onyeka Oguagha (Lakewood, N.J.) (7)

    Junior Rahma Sabbahi (North Brunswick, N.J.) (6)

    Freshman Brianna Binkowski (Bridgewater, N.J.) (5)

    Sophomore Samaa Elbery (Montclair, N.J.) (4)

    Junior Taylor James (Carlstadt, N.J.) (3)

    Freshman Kelly Stimmel (Wayne, N.J.) (2)

    Junior Katherine Hungrige (East Brunswick, N.J.) (bow)

    First Varsity 4

    Freshman Josephine Roosli (Niantic, Conn.) (coxswain)

    Freshman Michelle Gao (Plainsboro, N.J.) (stroke)

    Freshman Jennifer Didun (Pennington, N.J.) (3)

    Freshman Miranda Kosimides (East Windsor, N.J.) (2)

    Junior Kathleen Dennis (Monroe Township, N.J.) (bow)

    Second Varsity 4

    Sophomore Christine DeSpirito (Middletown, N.J.) (coxswain)

    Freshman Rose McNulty (Belleville, N.J.) (stroke)

    Senior Andrea Samulewski (Colonia, N.J.) (3)

    Junior Sarah Brook (Layton, N.J.) (2)

    Sophomore Jessi Costanzo (Clark, N.J.) (bow)

    Third Varsity 4

    Sophomore Christine DeSpirito (Middletown, N.J.) (coxswain)

    Junior Chioma Moneme (Union, N.J.) (stroke)

    Junior Ivanne Ngo Bikai (Jersey City, N.J.) (3)

    Sophomore Sundoes Elbrry (Montclair, N.J.) (2)

    Freshman Alexandra Edenzon (Belle Mead, N.J.) (bow)


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