CHERRY HILL, N.J. – The Bucknell rowing team secured a third-place finish at the 2018 Patriot League Championships on Friday morning on the Cooper River. The Bison qualified for Grand Finals in all three events and medaled in two, with the top finish a second-place showing from the varsity four. The varsity eight finished third, and the second varsity eight placed fourth in a photo finish.
Bucknell accumulated 41 points from those three races, which trailed only Navy (50) and Boston University (46). The Mids claimed the title for the fourth year in a row. Georgetown and Lehigh tied for fourth place with 33 points, followed by MIT (28), Colgate (15), Holy Cross (14) and Loyola (9).
Bucknell’s varsity four chopped 10 second off its preliminary time with a mark of 7:49.025 in the Grand Final. Georgetown won the race in 7:43.340, with Lehigh, Boston University, Navy and Loyola rounding out the top six. Navy was the top seed coming into the race but got off course midway through and settled for fifth.
The Mids came back to win the 2V8 in a time of 6:42.324, just under four seconds ahead of runner-up Boston University. Bucknell and Lehigh locked up in quite a duel for the bronze medal, and in a photo finish it was the Mountain Hawks claiming the third-place spot my a mere 0.038 seconds.
With the scoring system weighted to reward the winner of the varsity eight, Navy, Boston University, Bucknell and Lehigh were all in contention for the league title heading into the day’s final event. Navy covered the 2,000-meter course in 6:16.679 to win by more than a boat-length over Boston University (6:21.066). The Bison were third in 6:26.719, with Georgetown only about two seats behind in fourth. MIT and Lehigh rounded out the Grand Final.
Bucknell, which owns a record seven Patriot League rowing championships, has finished in the top three in all but two seasons since the Patriot League began sponsoring the sport in 2005.
Later on Friday and into Saturday, the Bison were scheduled to have additional competitors in action at the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia.
Boat Lineups for Patriot League Championships
8- Olivia Chase
7- Helena Yoest
4- Audra Adams
3- Grace Ott
2- Lauren Bell
5- Emma King
4- Casey Miller
3- Kim Winter
1- Caitlin Cobb
c - Daniela Sciulli
3 - Erin Rigney
2 - Ally Demas
1 - Meredith Newman