INDIANAPOLIS – The Marist women’s crew team finished on a fast note in the program’s first ever trip to the NCAA Rowing Championships. While the Red Foxes were racing in the D final and finishing 22nd overall in all three events, all three boats posted their top times of the weekend in the final race.
“We had an excellent week of training and racing,” Director of Rowing and Marist Head Coach Tom Sanford said. “The entire team handled adverse conditions and a fast field of crews with great poise. We raced well and we look forward to continuing to train hard so that we are able to return to the NCAA Championships and improve upon our results.”
The day started early with the C/D semifinals for both the Second Varsity Eight and the Varsity Four after the races were postponed on Saturday. The Red Foxes’ Second Varsity Eight had to re-run its race from Saturday after officials deemed the race unofficial. Marist had finished third, appearing to advance to the C Final, after the boats from Oklahoma and Wisconsin were forced to stop after submerging.
In the re-race, the Marist boat finished fifth in a time of 7:55.576, which at the time was its fastest time of the weekend.
In the D Final, the Red Foxes improved its time from earlier in the morning by 14 seconds, crossing the finish line in 7:41.132.
The Varsity Four also had its semifinal postponed to Sunday morning. The Red Foxes raced against Navy, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Gonzaga in the C/D semifinal, finishing fifth in a time of 8:24.5.
In their D Final, the Red Foxes improved their time by 24 seconds, crossing the finish line in 8:00.994, their best time of the weekend.
The Varsity Eight boat, the only Marist boat to complete its semifinal race on Saturday, also finished its NCAA Championships in style. The Red Foxes finished in 7:16.290, beating its previous best time by nearly 40 seconds.
“It was great to see the best competition that the NCAA has to offer and next year we hope to come back and continue to reach our full competitive potential,” said junior Zoe Christopher, coxswain of the Varsity Eight.
Sunday concluded the Red Foxes historic 2012-13 season. Marist won its 10th Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championships back in April, and first since 2008, earning the conference’s first automatic qualification to the NCAA Rowing Championships. It was the first time in program history that Marist reached the NCAA Championships, and first time any team from the MAAC has qualified.