PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania – Marist women’s rowing turned in a strong showing at the Kerr Cup on Saturday.

Highlighting the day for the Red Foxes were the Varsity Eight and Second Varsity Eight reaching the Grand Final. The Varsity Eight placed second in its heat to advance to the Grand Final, where it came in fourth behind Drexel (6:58.37), Temple (6:59.87), and Fordham (7:03.31). The Second Varsity Eight also came in second in its heat to advance to the Grand Final, where it came in fifth in a strong field. Fordham won the event, followed by Drexel, Temple and Duquesne. The Red Foxes beat Villanova and posted a time of 7:44.84.

The Women's Varsity Pair won its straight final by nearly 45 seconds over Loyola, Lafayette, Drexel, Army and Philadelphia. 

The Women's Second Varsity Four came in third place in its final behind Temple and Villanova, coming in just a half a second behind the Wildcats.

The Women's Freshman/Novice Eight started the day with their heats, finishing in fifth in a time of 7:40.27 behind Colgate, Temple, Duquesne, and Army. However, the Red Foxes did not advance to the finals.

The Women's Varsity Four turned in a very strong race, coming in third place behind Lafayette and Army with a time of 8:13.7 in its heat. Unfortunately, the Red Foxes missed qualifying for finals by one placing.

“Overall this was a fantastic weekend of racing,” assistant coach Taryn Wilson said. “We are excited to see all boats improving in speed, and are executing their race strategy well. It has been fun getting to race a lot these faster crews the last two weekends. We look forward to taking what we've learned here and last weekend and applying it to when we face some big MAAC rivals next weekend.”

The Red Foxes return to action on Saturday, April 22 at the Black Rock Cup in Buffalo.

Boat Lineups

Women's Freshman/Novice Eight - Courtney Lynch (coxswain), Makenna Bortells (8), Amanda Guy (7), Lorraine Delia (6), Elisabeth Kamm (5), Kristin Ponterio (4), Cheyanne Robinson (3), Morgan Zuch (2), Kaela Brunetti (1)

Women's Pair - Clodagh Deasy (2), Julia Rigothi (1)

Women's Second Varsity Four - Alexis Batulis (coxswain), Makenna Bortells (4), Claire Cowen (3), Maggie Kilkenny (2), Bea Bradford (1)

Women's Varsity Four - Caitlin Green (coxswain), Bernadette Winby (4), Lola Heimlich (3), Ali Mattoch (2), Shelby Kislowski (1)

Women's Second Varsity Eight - Isabelle Koch (coxswain), Kimberly Foster (8), Katherine Perry (7), Shawna Gilson (6), Kerri Ernenwein (5), Abby Gragg (4), Maddy Gragg (3), Julia Czarnecki (2), Elisabeth Kamm (1)

Women's Varsity Eight - Erin Gisofli (coxswain), Kelsi Cottrell (8), Julia Rigothi (7), Sydney Ford (6), Clodagh Deasy (5), Kate Beebe (4), Caroline Withers (3), Caroline Defrancesco (2), Eliza Hartford (1)