Baker & Witherow Finish Second in Varsity Pair at Murphy Cup

Baker & Witherow Finish Second in Varsity Pair at Murphy Cup

Novice Eight Also Reaches Final

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- Sophomores Lawrence Baker (Shady Side, MD/Southern) and Mitch Witherow (Ocean City, MD/Stephen Decatur) took second overall in the men's collegiate varsity pair to lead the Washington College men's rowing team today at the Murphy Cup in Philadelphia. 

Baker and Witherow were third in their four-boat heat of the men's collegiate varsity pair in 7:43.98 to advance to the final. University of Pennsylvania was first in 7:30.64, Carnegie Mellon "A" was third in 7:40.79, and Loyola was fourth in 8:06.56. The same Penn boat won the final in 7:28.06, while Lafayette was third in 7:42.90, Susquehanna was fourth in 7:48.41, Loyola was fifth in 8:01.74, and Lehigh was sixth in 8:11.39. 

The men's collegiate novice eight advanced to the final by finishing second in its six-boat heat in 6:34.19. Marist won the heat in 6:22.20, Lehigh was third in 6:41.22, Merchant Marine was fourth in 6:57.21, Duquense was fifth in 7:22.01, and Franklin & Marshall was sixth in 7:40.59. The Shoremen were the only boat from a non-Division I school to make the final, finishing sixth of six boats in 7:28.17. Virginia "A" won in 6:50.40, Drexel was second in 6:55.51, LaSalle was third in 7:04.60, Virginia "B" was fourth in 7:08.24, and Marist was fifth in 7:14.93. 

The Shoremen's boat in the men's collegiate varsity eight was fourth in its four-boat heat in 6:12.98, but its time was fast enough to advance to the petite final. Every boat in the Shoremen's heat was from a Division I school - Jacksonville won the heat in 5:57.00, Saint Joseph's was second in 6:06.66, and Colgate was third in 6:10.61. The Shoremen were fourth of five boats in the petite final in 6:21.13. Drexel won the race in 6:07.51, Fordham was second in 6:14.23, Saint Joseph's was third in 6:14.92, and Franklin & Marshall was fifth in 6:35.01.

In the men's collegiate varsity four, the Shoremen finished third of four boats in their heat in 7:07.64 and were the highest finishers in their heat from a non-Division I school. Delaware "A" won the heat in 6:48.08, Drexel "A" was second in 6:59.48, and New York Maritime was fourth in 7:19.02.

Freshman Chris Moylan (Silver Spring, MD/DeMatha) was the coxswain of the Shoremen's novice eight. Freshman Colin Mitchell (Burlingame, CA/Burlingame) sat stroke, freshman Max Villa (Great Meadows, NJ/Pope John XXIII) was in the seven seat,  sophomore Aric Charowsky (Townsend, DE/St. Thomas More Prep)  was in the six seat, freshman Jack McCarthy (Long Beach Island, NJ/The Hun School) sat in the five seat, freshman Drew Pizzala (Towson, MD/Boys' Latin) was in the four seat, freshman Anthony Cairo (Port Murray, NJ/Warren Hills) sat in the three seat, freshman Anthony Pipolo (Woodbury, NJ/Woodbury) sat in the two seat, and freshman Dominic DiMarino (Wilmington, DE/Concord) was the bow.

Washington's varsity eight was coxswained by senior Susanne Vaughn (Bel Air, MD/John Carroll). Sophomore Robert Storck (Wilton, CT/St. Mark's School [MA]) sat stroke, senior Reno Smith (Ocean City, MD/Worcester Prep) was in the seven seat, sophomore Parker McIntosh (Berlin, MD/Worcester Prep) sat in the six seat, junior Sean Harrison (Richmond, VA/Hazelton Area [PA]) was in the five seat, junior Miqdad Annab (Mechanicsburg, PA/Cumberland Valley) sat in the four seat, graduate student Brandon Riker (Marlboro, VT/Twin Valley) sat in the three seat, senior Michael Zaborskiy (Novosibirsk City, Russia/American School of Bangkok [Thailand]) was in the two seat, and sophomore Kyle Benk (Bloomsburry, NJ/Phillipsburg) was the bow.

The coxswain of the Shoremen's varsity four was senior Eric Swenson (Chatham, NJ/Chatham). Freshman Nick Stewart (Greenwich, CT/Greenwich) sat stroke, freshman Conor Howlett (Tampa, FL/H.B. Plant) was in the three seat, senior Will Herland (Seattle, WA/Lakeside School) was in the two seat, and freshman Blake Weishaar (Denton, MD/Sts. Peter & Paul) was the bow. 

The Shoremen return to action one week from today with a home regatta against Philadelphia University.