On May 15, the Eastern Michigan University women’s rowing team competed in the 2022 Colonial Athletic Association Championships in Pennsauken, NJ on the Cooper River. The Eagles placed third, repeating past CAA placements in 2016 and 2019.
Northeastern University claimed first place, collecting 38 points.
EMU earned 26 points, recording the highest amount of points the Eagles have earned at the CAA Championships in program history.
Each race was 2000 meters in length. The first race of the championship was the 3V8. The 3V8 lineup consisted of Anna Eschenburg, Lindsay Rock, Emma Wyss, Kaialani Knox, Claire Greenfelder, Alexandria Parsons, Megan Fowler, and Kaycee Johnson with Tiffany Chen as the coxswain. EMU crossed the line at 7:26.968, falling three seconds behind Villanova. The 3V8 earned fifth place.
Next up for EMU, the 1V4 race. The 1V4 lineup had Brianna Gracey, Olivia Hansen, Kelly Truitt, and Emily Gandy with Alexandra Walsh coxing the boat. The Eagles finished fifth with a time of 7:46.621, crossing the line less than a second behind the University of Connecticut.
A battle of the 2V8 boats marked the third event of the CAA Championships. The 2V8 lineup consisted of Ariel Sutton, Priscilla Brom, Lauren Ahern, Abbey Simpson, Caitlin Rodanhisler, Jessica LaRoy, Alexis Kettler, and Kristen Ford with Olivia Bray as the coxswain. EMU finished in fourth place at 7:00.084 behind Northeastern.
The 1V8 concluded the racing day. The 1V8 lineup for EMU consisted of Chloe Hinojosa, Brynne Harder, Emma Boersen, Laura Borchers, Lily Wilhelm, Carly Szymanski, Reagan Fazekas, and Mary Hemgesberg with Abby Goodwin coxing the boat. The Eagles placed third with a time of 6:41.651.
Emma Boersen and Chloe Hinojosa earned All-CAA Team awards for their performances.
The final overall team rankings of the CAA Championships concluded in the order of: Northeastern, Drexel, EMU, Delaware, Villanova, UC San Diego, and UCONN.
Coach Kemp Savage provided his thoughts of the Eagles' performance on Cooper River for the CAA Championships.
“The whole staff was really happy with the performance in all boats today. Everyone either outpaced or met their seed," said coach Savage. "Now it's time for a couple weeks off and then back to work so we can focus on winning next year.”
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