Shorewomen's First Varsity Eight Wins Petite Final at NCAA Division III Championship

Shorewomen's First Varsity Eight Wins Petite Final at NCAA Division III Championship

Shorewomen Finish Eighth Overall in Final Team Standings

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The first varsity eight executed an impressive race to win its petite final as the Washington College women's rowing team finished eighth of eight teams overall at the NCAA Division III Championship held at the Indianapolis Rowing Center on Eagle Creek Reservoir yesterday and today.  

NCAA Division III Championship

How It Happened
- The Shorewomen's first varsity eight placed fourth of four crews in its heat in 6:55.256 to advance to therepechage. Top-ranked Bates won the heat in 6:28.620. Fifth-ranked Ithaca was second in 6:35.334 and joined Bates in advancing directly to the grand final. Fourth-ranked Wesleyan placed third in 6:47.283 to join the Shorewomen in the repechage.
- The Shorewomen's second varsity eight was fourth of four crews in its heat in 7:12.957 to also advance to its repechage. Bates won the heat in 6:48.639, while third-ranked WPI was second in 7:00.342 as those two crews advanced directly to the grand final. 10th-ranked Pacific Lutheran was third in 7:08.664 to join the Shorewomen in the repechage.
- The first varsity eight placed fourth in its repechage in 6:58.607, less than two seconds behind third-place Pacific Lutheran, which finished in 6:56.886. Those two crews moved on to race in the petite final for seventh and eighth places. Wesleyan won the repechage in 6:52.249, while sixth-ranked Hamilton was second in 6:54.006. Wesleyan and Hamilton advanced to the grand final.
- The second varsity eight was fourth in its repechage in 7:16.988. They advanced to take on Ithaca for seventh and eighth places in the petite final after Ithaca placed third in the repechage in 7:11.647. Second-ranked Wellesley won the repechage in 7:05.160 and Pacific Lutheran was second in 7:07.806 to advance to the grand final.
- The first varsity eight's second crack at Pacific Lutheran, in the petite final, was a truly highly-competitive race. After Pacific Lutheran got off to a quick lead, the Shorewomen chipped away as the two teams were neck-and-neck during the third quarter of the race. Finally, the Shorewomen took a clear lead with a little over 500 meters remaining. The Shorewomen held on to win in 7:23.393, 1.547 seconds ahead of Pacific Lutheran, which finished in 7:24.940. 
- In the second varsity eight petite final, the Shorewomen led during the early portion of the race as the two crews were within seconds of each other throughout. In the end, Ithaca won by under three seconds, finishing in 7:44.432 to the Shorewomen's 7:47.155. 

Shorewomen Boat Lineups
First Varsity Eight: Olivia Robb (coxswain), Erika Reynolds (stroke), Gabrielle Francis (seven), Agnes Anderson (six), Emma Hogan (five), Breanna Lanphear (four), Karis Marano (three), Leslie Collins (two), Kelin McCloskey (bow)
Second Varsity Eight: Emily Booth (coxswain), Caroline Jackson (stroke), Annie Krysztofiak (seven), Analiese Bush (six), Emma Dodsworth (five), MB Spargo (four), Julia Kuchnio (three), Ana Gansz (two), Kitri Post (bow)
Spares: Lizzie Bienert, Tegan McBride

Notes
- Washington College head coach Kari Hughes was pleased with the Shorewomen's competitive performance against the nation's top crews. "Both the 1V and the 2V raced stronger and much more competitively than I had ever had during my time here," noted Hughes. "To see our boats battle so strongly with the top crews of the nation was such a great moment for us and for the future of the program.  These athletes have taken their rowing and the program to another level."
- The Shorewomen finished with 24 total points, just one point behind seventh-place Pacific Lutheran (25). Bates won the grand finals of both the first and second varsity eights to finish with 56 total points to secure its third consecutive NCAA Division III Championship. WPI was second with 51 points, while Wellesley was third with 46. Wesleyan (38 points), Ithaca (35), and Hamilton (33) rounded out the field.
- Friday's races were originally scheduled for one morning session and one afternoon session, however, debris on the course from storms the previous night delayed racing until 4 p.m. Debris clean-up Saturday morning pushed the finals back roughly 40 minutes from their previously scheduled times as well. 
- This was the Shorewomen's seventh consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship.