MERCER PARK, New Jersey - The Marist women’s rowing team finished strong at the Knecht Cup this past Saturday, April 8th and Sunday, April 9th. The women’s team raced six different boats over the course of the weekend with all of them faring well against some tough competition.
Headlining the Red Foxes success at the Knecht Cup was senior Julia Rigothi. Righothi competed in the women’s single competition, winning gold convincingly with a time of 8:35.24 ahead of UMass C, Virginia, UMass A, and Carnegie Melon.
“We are incredibly pleased with the results from this weekend,” said women’s rowing Coach Taryn Wilson. “The Knecht cup is an event that gives us the chance to race many of our MAAC rivals, as well as some fast crews from around the country.”
During day one of racing the varsity 4+, the second varsity 4+, and the varsity 8+ all competed but due to heavy winds, the regatta deemed conditions unsafe to continue with racing and heats for the second varsity eight and novice eight, as well as all remaining racing for day one was pushed to day two in a revised schedule.
The varsity 4+ came in sixth in a fast heat against Holy Cross, Temple, Miami, Delaware, and Colgate with a time of 8:13.99, and advanced to Sunday’s semifinal.
The second varsity 4+ placed third behind Delaware and Temple in a six boat heat in a time of 8:10.54 to advance to Sunday's grand final. The varsity 8+ placed second behind Boston University Lightweights, and ahead of SMU, Delaware, Washington College and MAAC rivals Sacred Heart in a time of 6:56.44 to advance to the semifinals.
During day two of competition the second varsity eight competed for the first time, advancing first to the semifinals and then to the third level final in the afternoon. The second varsity eight were competitive amongst the top four finishers. Villanova took first (7:05.33), with Buffalo second (7:10.13), SMU third (7:10.14), and Marist in fourth (7:10.92).
Both the varsity four and the second varsity four had competitive semifinal and grand final’s respectively, placing sixth out of seven boats. The novice eight also had a strong showing coming in second behind Princeton lightweights, and ahead of Villanova, UMass, Catholic, Fairfield and Cabrini with a time of 8:03.75.
The Red Foxes varsity eight edged out Canisius and Buffalo in the semifinal to advance to the third level final where they placed third with a time of 6:58.04 behind UConn (6:55.29) and Delaware (6:56.84), and ahead of Villanova (7:00.41), George Mason (7:04.10) and Buffalo (7:11.99).
“We are excited to have represented the MAAC well, and had a program best showing across all women's events,” Wilson said. “We raced very well, and continued to improve from race to race throughout the weekend. We are confident in our abilities moving forward, and look to find more speed in our team boats in the upcoming weeks.”
Next up, the Red Foxes head to the Kerr Cup in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Saturday, April 15th.
Spring 2017 Women's Rowing Lineups
Women's SIngle - Julia Rigothi
Women's Second Varsity Four - Catilin Green, Kim Foster, Kerri Ernenwein, Shawna Gilson, Mimi Kamm