#13 Shorewomen Place Fifth at NCAA Division III Championships

#13 Shorewomen Place Fifth at NCAA Division III Championships

First Varsity Eight Wins Petite Final

GOLD RIVER, Calif. — The 13th-ranked Washington College women's rowing team finished fifth of six teams at the NCAA Division III Championships, held yesterday and today on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif. Both the Shorewomen's first and second varsity eights advanced to their respective petite finals as the first varsity eight won its petite final against 15th-ranked William Smith, while the second varsity eight finished behind William Smith in its petite final.

NCAA Division III Championships 

How It Happened
- The Shorewomen's first varsity eight won its petite final in 7:07.882 to take seventh overall in the first varsity eight, while William Smith finished the race in 7:12.158 to place eighth in the first varsity eight. (Two schools - third-ranked Wesleyan and fourth-ranked Ithaca - had at-large eights entered only in the first varsity eight, which were not eligible for points.)
- The Shorewomen's second varsity eight finished its petite final in 7:46.380 behind William Smith's time of 7:25.374. Those finishes gave William Smith and the Shorewomen final places of fifth and sixth, respectively, in the second varsity eight.
- Earlier in the regatta, Washington's first varsity eight was third in their repechage in 7:22.776, while William Smith took fourth in 7:25.371. Seventh-ranked Pacific Lutheran won the repechage in 7:11.823, followed by Ithaca in second in 7:14.294. Pacific Lutheran and Ithaca advanced to the grand final.
- Washington's second varsity eight placed fourth in their repechage in 8:22.270. Top-ranked Williams won the repechage in 7:38.590, while Pacific Lutheran was second in 7:42.696 and William Smith was third in 7:47.801. Williams and Pacific Lutheran advanced to to the grand final.
- The Shorewomen's first varsity eight was fourth in their heat in 7:08.081. Fifth-ranked Wellesley won the heat in 6:42.998, while second-ranked Bates was second in 6:46.549. Wellesley and Bates advanced directly to the first varsity eight grand final. Pacific Lutheran was third in 6:51.218.
- The Shorewomen's second varsity eight was third in their heat in 7:36.636. Wellesley won the heat in 6:54.236 to advance directly to the second varsity eight grand final, while Pacific Lutheran was second in 7:13.839.
- Wellesley won the NCAA Division III Championship with 40 total points by winning the first varsity eight and taking second in the second varsity eight. Bates, which won the second varsity eight, finished second in the team standings with 36 points. Williams was third with 35, while Pacific Lutheran was fourth with 27. The Shorewomen finished with 20 points, one more than William Smith's 19.

Shorewomen Boat Line-Ups
- Varsity Eight: Jaclyn Gibbons (coxswain), Jules Shipps (stroke), Maddie Morrissette (seven), Jackie Creitz (six), Diana Lucey (five), Maggie Perry (four), Michaela Martino (three), Danielle Huston Hakey (two), Mackenzie Gaze (bow)
- Second Varsity Eight: Emily Booth (coxswain), Annie Sniffen (stroke), Kelin McCloskey (seven), Sara Underwood (six), Annie Grosscup (five), Karis Marano (four), Leslie Collins (three), Brenna Kacar (two), Hannah Cagle (bow)

Notes
- Perry became the first student-athlete in her team's history to compete in four consecutive NCAA Division III Championship regattas. She is just the fourth female student-athlete from any sport in the College's history to compete in four straight NCAA Championship postseasons, joining swimmers Margaret Klag '04 and Rachel Glasser '11 and tennis player Tracy Peel '92.
- This was the final coaching appearance for Washington College head coach Dr. Mike Davenport, who is retiring this summer. Davenport was the Shorewomen's head coach for 26 seasons, leading them to four full-team and two at-large-eight NCAA Championship appearances and six Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference Championships.