PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- The seventh-ranked Washington College women's rowing team competed at the Kerr Cup today in Philadelphia. The Shorewomen's first, second, and third varsity eights all advanced to the grand finals of their respective events.
The Shorewomen's first varsity eight competed in the women's varsity eight against Division I and II schools. In their heat, the Shorewomen were third in 6:48.55 to advance to the grand final. Temple won the heat in 6:39.25, Villanova was second in 6:44.40, Marist was fourth in 6:53.46, and Philadelphia University was fifth in 6:59.03. Temple, Villanova, and Marist are Division I schools, while Philadelphia U. is ranked seventh in Division II. In the grand final, the Shorewomen were fourth in 7:15.08 racing against five Division I crews. Drexel won the final in 7:02.29, Temple was second in 7:08.12, Fordham third in 7:08.61, Villanova fifth in 7:17.97, and Lehigh sixth in 7:25.16.
The Shorewomen's second and third varsity eights competed in the Division III women's varsity eight against first and second varsity eights from Division III club and varsity teams. The second varsity eight was second in its heat in 7:28.58 to advance to the final. Haverford won the heat in 7:20.85, Rochester was third in 7:41.24, Bryn Mawr's second varsity eight was fourth in 7:54.44, and Franklin & Marshall's second varsity eight was fifth in 8:23.09. The Shorewomen's third varsity eight was third in its heat to also advance to the final. F&M's first varsity eight won the heat, followed by Bryn Mawr's first varsity eight 9.61 seconds behind, the Shorewomen 47.09 seconds off of F&M's pace, and Richard Stockton 1:06.50 behind F&M. No winning time was recorded in that heat. F&M went on to win the final in 7:16.06 with Bryn Mawr following in second in 7:18.31 and Haverford in third in 7:35.39. The Shorewomen's second varsity eight was fourth in the final in 7:44.95, Rochester was fifth in 7:51.91, and the Shorewomen's third varsity eight was sixth in 8:20.89.
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, sophomore Madeleine Morrissette (Arlington, Mass./Arlington), senior Taira Sullivan (Stevensville, Md./Kent Island) sat in the four seat, senior Mickey Fili (Sparks, Md./Hereford) was in the five seat 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, which competed as the Shorewomen's "A" boat in the Division III women's varsity eight. Junior Maggie Perry (Fort Collins, Colo./Poudre) sat stroke, sophomore Jackie Creitz (Schnecksville, Pa./Parkland) was in the seven seat, sophomore Danielle Huston Hakey (Waldorf, Md./Calverton School) sat in the six seat, sophomore Megan Prokopius (Chesapeake, Va./Bishop Sullivan) was in the five seat, junior Michaela Martino (Lebanon, N.J./North Hunterdon) sat in the four seat, sophomore Annie Sniffen (Havertown, Pa./Lower Merion) was in the three seat, sophomore Elizabeth Twigg (Crofton, Md./Arundel) sat in the two seat, and junior Jennie Knapp (Vineland, N.J./Our Lady of Mercy Academy) 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 Division III women's 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 Shorewomen return to action one week from today at the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference Championships in Lewisberry, Pa.