All Four Bucknell Women's Rowing Boats Advance to Finals at Murphy Cup
March 26, 2005
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - In its second event of the spring season, the Bucknell women's rowing team had a strong outing at the Murphy Cup Saturday afternoon by advancing all four of its boats to the finals of their respective races. The Bison beat out Patriot League rival Lehigh in the heats of both varsity events.
The first novice eight, which consisted of coxswain-Hope Heffner, 8-Ariel Farrar-Wellman, 7-Amanda Gallina, 6-Kate Brewster-Duffy, 5-Jennie Trayes, 4-Brittany Kaplan, 3-Jenna Kotyk, 2-Jessica Glenn and 1-Sophie Bird, had the best showing of the four Bison boats by placing third in its race. The first novice eight edged out Villanova for third place with a time of 6 minutes, 59.3 seconds. The time was less than five seconds off of second-place Princeton's pace, and only 13 seconds behind Navy, the race winner.
The second novice eight was in the same race as the first novice eight and took an impressive sixth place, less than 30 seconds behind their teammates, in 7:28.5. Coxswain-Antoinette Klatzky, 8-Katie Abbot, 7-Amy Van Nostrand, 6-Colleen McKeown, 5-Kelly Walker, 4-Gillian Young, 3-Kimin Fox, 2-Lauren Bolcar and 1-Jayne Kubat rowed in the boat. To get to the finals, the second novice eight beat American by more than 30 seconds in their heat. In the finals, Bucknell's second group was only seven seconds behind Lehigh's only entrant.
The varsity four, which was coxswain-Jessica Scott, 4-Susan Shadle, 3-Cara Cox-Steiner, 2-Jennifer Prunoske and 1-Courtney Luzzi, finished fifth in its race as it nipped American with a time of 7:49.3 after beating Lehigh in the heats to advance to the finals.
The varsity eight, which posted Bucknell's best time of 6:52.0, garnered sixth place in its race. Members of the boat included coxswain-Coral Swartz, 8-Danielle Monteverde, 7-Jessica Noonan, 6-Lauren Olsen, 5-Laura Roberts, 4-Lauren Ewald, 3-Kara Schroepfer, 2-Alexis Will and 1-Erin Henry. Princeton, Navy, Villanova, Temple and West Virginia all placed ahead of Bucknell's varsity eight.
Bucknell, which is gearing up for the first-ever Patriot League Championships April 24, had the exact same crews row Saturday as it did last week against Dayton. The Bison will be back in action next Saturday, April 2, when they host Army on the Susquehanna River in Shamokin Dam, Pa., at 9 a.m.