#9 Shorewomen's Eights Advance to Grand Finals at Occoquan Sprints

#9 Shorewomen's Eights Advance to Grand Finals at Occoquan Sprints

LORTON, Va. -- The ninth-ranked Washington College women's rowing team competed at the Occoquan Sprints in Lorton, Va., today and the Shorewomen's top two boats both advanced to their respective grand finals.

The Shorewomen's first varsity eight placed second in its heat to advance to the grand final. Washington finished its heat in 7:08.08, second only to North Carolina's 7:02.45. Dayton was third in 7:14.35, Loyola fourth in 7:58.86, Virginia Teach fifth in 8:29.39, and James Madison sixth in 8:38.08.  In the grand final, Washington was sixth of six boats in 6:57.63. Navy won the race in 6:32.98, North Carolina was second in 6:40.87, Duquesne third in 6:42.37, George Mason fourth in 6:46.25, and Dayton fifth in 6:50.74.

The Shorewomen's second varsity eight raced in a junior varsity eight heat against two boats from the University of North Carolina and another from Duquesne. North Carolina "A" won the race in 7:19.39, Duquesne was second in 7:33.81, the Shorewomen third in 7:41.47, and North Carolina "B" fourth in 7:56.88. Washington's top-three finish advanced it to the grand final against George Mason, Duquesne, Navy, North Carolina "A", North Carolina "B," and Dayton.  Navy won the grand final in 7:05.80, North Carolina "A" was second in 7:10.73, Duquesne third in 7:14.19, George Mason fourth in 7:23.91, Dayton fifth in 7:31.47, the Shorewomen sixth in 7:35.12, and North Carolina "B" seventh in 7:35.58. 

Washington's varsity four was fifth of five boats in its heat to advance to the petite final. The Shorewomen finished their heat in 8:40.30. Navy won the heat in 7:32.39, North Carolina was second in 8:05.52, Duquesne was third in 8:21.00, and Dayton was fourth in 8:33.79. The varsity four was then fourth of four boats in the petite final in 9:22.70. Duquesne won that race in 8:19.04, Loyola was second in 8:34.51, and Dayton finished third in 8:58.52.

Sophomore Jaclyn Gibbons (Hingham, Mass./Hingham) was the coxswain of the Shorewomen's first varsity eight. Junior Kelly Bird (Galloway, N.J./Absegami) sat stroke, freshman Hannah Sive (Glenville, N.Y./Niskayuna) was in the seven seat, junior Mickey Fili (Sparks, Md./Hereford) sat in the six seat, senior Ellie Hilton (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) was in the five seat, freshman Madeleine Morrissette (Arlington, Mass./Arlington) sat in the four seat, freshman Diana Lucey (Bristol, R.I./St. Mary Academy-Bay View) was in the three seat, senior Val DiLisi (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) was in the two seat, and junior Ashley Myles (Chester Spring, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) was the bow.

Senior Abby Thomas (Hughesville, Md./Thomas Stone) was the coxswain of the Shorewomen's second varsity eight. Sophomore Maggie Perry (Fort Collins, Colo./Poudre) sat stroke, junior Krystal Brostek (Galloway, N.J./Absegami) was in the seven seat, junior Taira Sullivan (Stevensville, Md./Kent Island) sat in the six seat, freshman Jackie Creitz (Schencksville, Pa./Parkland) was in the five seat, senior Emily Sahadeo (College Park, Md./Elizabeth Seton) sat in the four seat, freshman Erin Coffman (Brigantine, N.J./Holy Spirit) was in the three seat, freshman Annie Sniffen (Havertown, Pa./Lower Merion) sat in the two seat, and sophomore Jennie Knapp (Vineland, N.J./Our Lady of Mercy Academy) was the bow. 

Junior Christie Phebus (Trappe, Md./Easton) was the coxswain of the Shorewomen's varsity four. Freshman Hannah Cagle (Gloucester, Va./Gloucester) sat stroke, freshman Danielle Huston Hakey (Waldorf, Md./Calverton School) was in the three seat, freshman Megan Prokopius (Chesapeake, Va./Bishop Sullivan) was in the two seat, and sophomore Michaela Martino (Lebanon, N.J./North Hunterdon) was the bow.

The Shorewomen return to action next Saturday and Sunday at the Knecht Cup in Mercer, N.J.