On Apr. 16, the Eastern Michigan University women’s rowing team traveled to Shamokin Dam, PA to race against Patriot League Bucknell University and Villanova University, both members of the Colonial Athletic Association.
The races were each 1400 meters long upstream on the Susquehanna River.
The first race of the day ended up a win for the Eagles 1V8 boat over Bucknell, finishing less than a second in front of the Bisons. EMU finished with a time of 6:40.24 and BU in 6:41.04.
The 1V8 lineup consisted of Brynne Harder, Chloe Hinojosa, Emma Boersen, Laura Borchers, Caitlin Rodanhisler, Carly Szymanski, Reagan Fazekas, and Mary Hemgesberg, with Abby Goodwin coxing the boat.
The 2V8 came up a few seconds short behind Bucknell, finishing at 6:57.94 as opposed to BU’s 6:54.08.
The 2V8 lineup included Priscilla Brom, Olivia Hansen, Abbey Simpson, Ariel Sutton, Lily Wilhelm, Jessica LaRoy, Lauren Ahern, and Arden Schirru, with Olivia Bray as the coxswain.
EMU’s 1V4 had a tough loss against the Bisons, finishing 8:27.61 behind Bucknell who crossed the line at 7:47.64.
The 1V4 lineup consisted of Kelly Truitt, Emma Wyss, Alexandria Parsons, and Kristen Ford, with Alexandra Walsh coxing the boat.
The 3V8 finished behind BU, crossing the line at 7:42.07 and Bucknell finishing at 7:28.87.
The Eagles 3V8 lineup had Brianna Gracey, Emily Gandy, Anna Eschenburg, Kaialani Knox, Carly Summers, Maia Balderson, Sydney Sheridan, and Kaycee Johnson with Erin Corbley as the coxswain.
The 1V8 battled strong against Villanova, but came up a few seconds short. EMU finished at 6:43.35 behind the Wildcats who crossed the line at 6:39.28.
EMU’s 2V8 claimed a victory against VU with a time of 7:06.64. The Wildcats finished at 7:07.69.
The 1V4 finished at 8:43.64 against Villanova who crossed the line at 8:14.76.
Lastly, EMU’s 3V8 ended the day with a time of 8:07.91, behind the Bisons 3V8 that finished at 7:43.53.
“The 1V8 raced really well in the morning race, and the 2V8 raced well in the second race. We are still trying to find out race-to-race consistency, but we know we have winning boats when we race our best,” said Coach Kemp Savage (emueagles.com).
The rowing team will have this weekend off until they are back on Ford Lake to race Dayton on May 1. This will be the Eagles final race before the CAA Championships on May 15.