Three medals highlight WVU rowing at Knecht Cup regatta
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The WVU Rowing Team competed in the Knecht Cup Regatta in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and despite much adversity throughout the weekend, four of the five crews who raced in the heats of Saturday qualified for the final of their events on Sunday, including three who boasted two silver and one bronze medals.
There were difficult racing conditions on Saturday and Sunday, due to strong winds for most of the race. While the water in the starting 500m was often good, the water generally deteriorated throughout the course with the last 500m being the toughest sometimes white.
“The coaches were overall happy with how our crews handled the tough racing conditions this weekend,” the WVU coach said. Jim King mentioned. “Despite these conditions, which we don’t typically encounter on our sheltered water at home, we performed better than some schools we raced last weekend.
“A lot of good things happened this weekend. Our 4 took on the challenge of raising their expectations of themselves, which resulted in medals. Our eight novices put on two quality races and gained a valuable racing experience.Our 2V8 constantly competes at a high level.And while we obviously have to sort out our 1V8, their efforts have been indisputable and much appreciated by all.
“It should be noted that it is unusual for us to compete in a sculling event during the spring season. Although she was unable to train to her full potential, Amber worked diligently for a long time to arrive where she is now and has won every shot of that silver medal today. Congratulations Amber!”
Alone: Amber Drysdale – WVU’s race day on Sunday was kicked off by the Drysdale race at the Final Only 1x event. Although she was hit by a gusty crosswind just steps from the start, she quickly adjusted her course and ran cleanly throughout the race to claim a silver medal.
Novice Eight: Sarah Wojcik, Kelsey Riemer, Kara Stanley, Ryleigh Rosta, South Bailey, Ava Koontz, Emily Dumford, Mackenzie Kaminski with Grace Fay (helmsman).
Saturday: The top 2 plus the two fastest times in the overall two-run standings qualified for the medal final. She placed second in her heat crossing the line knowing she had secured a spot in Sunday’s final.
Sunday: Finished fourth placing one spot ahead of Delaware who they placed behind a week earlier at the Murphy Cup.
Second university four: Catherine Captain, Alexandra Faron, Jordyn Hussain, fishing ally with Ava Milano (helmsman).
Saturday: Similar to the Novice Eight, progression to the medal final was the top two plus the two fastest times overall over the two runs. And like the Novice Eight, who placed second to secure their place in the medal final the following day.
Sunday’s final: Crossed the line in third to claim a bronze medal by placing 1.4 seconds behind second place Georgetown who WVU finished 10.5 seconds behind a week earlier at the Murphy Cup.
University four: Ksenia Kaludjerovic, Michaela Pulick, Danielle Shuttleworth, Grace Cronen with Maura Harkins (helmsman).
Saturday: The heat progression was the heat winners, then the next three fastest in the medal round. Unable to claim victory, WVU then raced for a time-based progression placing third in their series. In third place, the time was fifth overall and second of the next three fastest.
Sunday: In the final they finished second and ahead of fifth-placed Georgetown, against whom they lost 10.6 seconds the previous weekend.
Second university eight: Ashlea Clark, Samantha Perro, Ryleigh Williams, Kaira Lay, Ashley Dibling, Nicole Dibling, Kileigh Lade, Megan presents with Sydney Van Auken (helmsman).
Saturday: They placed second in their heat in which a top-three finish secured a berth in Sunday’s medal final.
Sunday: In perhaps the toughest water and wind conditions of the day, raced to a fourth-place finish, closing the gap to Georgetown from 9.1 seconds a week ago to 4.9 seconds.
Eighth university: Anna Gall, Katherine McMullen, Abigail Yingling, Kathleen Meldrum, Laura Atkins, Violette Hewitt, Emma Toy, Lydia Nicolai with Emily DeGlopper (helmsman).
Saturday: Again struggled to adapt to the windy conditions placing fifth in their heat and then sixth in their semi-final relegating them to the C final.
Sunday: Rebounded with a much improved performance on Sunday to place second in his six-boat final.
Full results can be found at KnechtCupResults.