#9 Shorewomen Win Third Straight MARC Title, NCAA Championship Bid

#9 Shorewomen Win Third Straight MARC Title, NCAA Championship Bid

Davenport Named Coach of the Year, Three Shorewomen Named All-Conference, Seven Named Academic All-Conference 

LEWISBERRY, Pa. -- The ninth-ranked Washington College women's rowing team won its third consecutive conference championship and NCAA Division III automatic bid at the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference Championships today at Gifford Pinchot State Park in Lewisberry, Pa. The Shorewomen finished with 38 total points to Marietta's 37. Bryn Mawr (30), Franklin & Marshall (25), and North Park (20) rounded out the top five. 

Washington's first varsity eight won in 7:04.5. Marietta was second in 7:08.88. Bryn Mawr placed third in 7:22.97, Franklin & Marshall was fourth in 7:23.1, North Park was fifth in 8:21.37, and Stockton was sixth in 9:00.02.

The Shorewomen's second varsity eight was second in 7:34.23 to Marietta's, which won in 7:33.1. Washington's third varsity eight raced as a "B" boat in the event and was third in 7:55.76. Bryn Mawr was fourth in 7:57.41, while F&M was fifth in 8:13.22.

Senior Christie Phebus (Trappe, Md./Easton) was the coxswain of the Shorewomen's first varsity eight, which competed in the women's varsity eight. Senior Kelly Bird (Galloway, N.J./Absegami) sat stroke, freshman Jules Shipps (Baltimore, Md./Gunston School) was in the seven seat, senior Ashley Myles (Chester Springs, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) sat in the six seat, senior Mickey Fili (Sparks, Md./Hereford) was in the five seat, senior Taira Sullivan (Stevensville, Md./Kent Island) sat in the four seat, sophomore Madeleine Morrissette (Arlington, Mass./Arlington) was in the three seat, senior Krystal Brostek (Galloway, N.J./Absegami) sat in the two seat, and sophomore Hannah Sive (Glenville, N.Y./Niskayuna) was the bow.

Junior Jaclyn Gibbons (Hingham, Mass./Hingham) was the coxswain of the Shorewomen's second varsity eight. Junior Maggie Perry (Fort Collins, Colo./Poudre) sat stroke, junior Jennie Knapp (Vineland, N.J./Our Lady of Mercy Academy) was in the seven seat, sophomore Danielle Huston Hakey (Waldorf, Md./Calverton School) sat in the six seat, sophomore Jackie Creitz (Schnecksville, Pa./Parkland) was in the five seat, junior Michaela Martino (Lebanon, N.J./North Hunterdon) sat in the four seat, sophomore Megan Prokopius (Chesapeake, Va./Bishop Sullivan) was in the three seat, sophomore Elizabeth Twigg (Crofton, Md./Arundel) sat in the two seat, and sophomore Annie Sniffen (Havertown, Pa./Lower Merion) was the bow.

Freshman Grace Kim (Accokeek, Md./St. John's College H.S. [D.C.]) was the coxswain of the Shorewomen's third varsity eight, which competed in the women's second varsity eight as the Shorewomen's "B" boat. Sophomore Hannah Cagle (Gloucester, Va./Gloucester) sat stroke, sophomore Erin Coffman (Brigantine, N.J./Holy Spirit) was in the seven seat, freshman Annie Grosscup (Halethorpe, Md./Seton Keough) was in the six seat, freshman Kerri Walsh (Tuckahoe, N.Y./Academy of Our Lady of Good Counsel) sat in the five seat, freshman Abbey Wark (Runnemede, N.J./Triton Regional) was in the four seat, freshman Mackenzie Gaze (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) sat in the three seat, freshman Brenna Kacar (Dunkirk, Md./Bishop McNamara) was in the two seat, and freshman Joelle Williamson (Conestoga, Pa./Penn Manor) was the bow.

The 2015 MARC awards were presented following the regatta. Washington College head coach Dr. Mike Davenport was named the conference's Coach of the Year for the second time in three years. Phebus and Brostek represented the Shorewomen on the All-MARC varsity team, while Shipps was named All-MARC novice. 

Bird, Creitz, Huston Hakey, Morrissette, Perry, Sniffen, and Sullivan all qualified for MARC Academic All-Conference honors. MARC Academic All-Conference honors are limited to student-athletes in at least their second year of eligibility with a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 and who have competed in 75% of their team's varsity competitions and/or in the MARC Championships. Bird and Sullivan qualified for the honor for the third time, while Perry qualified for the second year in a row. The other four Shorewomen were first-time Academic All-Conference team members.

The Shorewomen return to action May 10th at the ECAC National Invitational Rowing Championships in Worcester, Mass. The NCAA Division III Championships will be held May 29th and 30th in Gold River, Calif.