Shorewomen Win Division III Varsity Eight in Close Finish at Knecht Cup

Shorewomen Win Division III Varsity Eight in Close Finish at Knecht Cup

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. — The Washington College women's rowing team's first varsity eight won the grand final of the Division III women's varsity eight in an exciting three-way finish at the Knecht Cup, held on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J., today. The Shorewomen's second varsity eight also competed in the event.

Knecht Cup

How It Happened
- The Shorewomen's first and second varsity eights raced in the same heat, with the first varsity eight posting a winning time of 7:19.13 to advance to the grand final and the second varsity eight finishing fifth in 8:08.35 to progress to the petite final. Marietta was second in 7:27.54, Franklin & Marshall's second varsity eight third in 7:58.04, and NYU fourth in 7:58.12.
- In the grand final, the first varsity eight edged out Franklin & Marshall's first varsity eight by winning the race in 7:02.61 to F&M's 7:03.76. Marietta was third in 7:05.33. Bryn Mawr's first varsity eight was fourth in 7:19.31, Franklin & Marshall's second varsity eight fifth in 7:53.52, and Carnegie Mellon sixth in 8:13.90.
- In the petite final, the second varsity eight placed third in 8:13.78. NYU won the race in 7:57.60, followed by Susquehanna in second in 8:09.14. Bryn Mawr's second varsity eight was fourth in 8:23.14, while The College of New Jersey was fifth  in 8:37.23.  

Shorewomen Boat Line-Ups
- First Varsity Eight: Jaclyn Gibbons (coxswain), Jules Shipps (stroke), Maddie Morrissette (seven), Jackie Creitz (six), Diana Lucey (five), Megan Prokopius (four), Michaela Martino (three), Maggie Perry (two), Mackenzie Gaze (bow)
- Second Varsity Eight: Emily Booth (coxswain), Brenna Kacar (stroke), Kelin McCloskey (seven), Danielle Huston Hakey (six), Annie Grosscup (five), Kainat Khan (four), Leslie Collins (three), Karis Marano (two), Annie Sniffen (bow)

- This was the third head-to-head race between the first varsity eights from Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference rivals Washington and F&M. The Diplomats won the first meeting and crossed the finish line first, but were disqualified in the second meeting. 

Up Next for the Shorewomen
4/16 @ Kerr Cup (Philadelphia, Pa.)