WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – The Marist women’s crew team won the 2013 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Rowing Championship, earning the conference’s first automatic NCAA Championships berth. The Red Foxes finished with 45 points, edging Fairfield by just two points.

The MAAC championship is Marist’s 10th in program history, and first since 2008.

The Varsity Eight started the day for the Red Foxes with a second place finish in 6:59.70, just behind Fairfield (6:57.54).

The Second Varsity Eight, fresh off being named All-MAAC at Friday Night’s award banquet, earned a nine second victory over Canisius, racing in a time of 7:14.48.

The Varsity Four won with a time of 7:52.16, finishing four seconds ahead of Fairfield and five ticks ahead of Sacred Heart.

Marist’s Novice Eight boat had the easiest win of the day, cruising to a 17-second victory over Fairfield and 30 seconds ahead of Loyola, finishing in a time of 7:42.71.

“We are very excited and proud to have earned the first MAAC auto qualifier to the NCAA Division I Women’s National Championship,” Director of Rowing/Women’s Head Coach Tom Sanford said. “The women’s team performed to its ability. They achieved what they set out to do.”

The Division I Women’s Rowing Championships will be held May 31-June 2 in Indianapolis. The Red Foxes are back in action next weekend at the New York State (NYS) Championships at Whitney Point, N.Y. That meet will take place over both Saturday and Sunday.

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