MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (April 10, 2022) – The WVU Rowing team competed in the Knecht Cup Regatta in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and despite facing much adversity throughout the weekend, had four of the five crews that raced in Saturday’s heats advance to their events’ medal final on Sunday, including three which earned two silvers and one bronze medal.
There were challenging racing conditions Saturday and Sunday, due to strong winds throughout most of racing. While the water in the starting 500m was often good, the water typically became worse throughout the course with the last 500m most challenging, sometimes white-capping.
“The coaches were pleased overall with how our crews handled the challenging racing conditions this weekend,” WVU coach Jimmy King said. “Despite those conditions, ones that we don’t typically experience on our sheltered water at home, we improved our performances relative to some schools we raced last weekend.
“Lots of good things occurred this weekend. Our 4s responded to the challenge to step up their expectations of themselves resulting in medal performances. Our novice eight put together two quality races and gained valuable racing experience. Our 2V8 is consistently competing at a high level. And while we obviously need to sort out our 1V8, their efforts have been unquestioned and very appreciated by all.
“Noteworthy is that it’s unusual for us to race a sculling event during the spring season. Despite being unable to train to her full potential, Amber has worked diligently for a long time to get where she is now and earned every stroke of that silver medal today. Kudos to Amber!”
Single: Amber Drysdale – WVU’s racing day on Sunday was kicked off by Drysdale racing in the Final Only 1x event. Despite being hit by a gusty crosswind off the start, she quickly adjusted course and raced cleanly throughout the remainder of the race to earn a silver medal.
Novice Eight: Sarah Wojcik, Kelsey Riemer, Kara Stanley, Ryleigh Rosta, Bailey South, Ava Koontz, Emily Dumford, Mackenzie Kaminski with Grace Fay (coxswain).
Saturday: Top 2 plus next two fastest overall times from two heats advanced to the medal final. Placed second in its heat crossing the line knowing they had secured a spot in Sunday’s final.
Sunday: Finished fourth, placing one spot ahead of Delaware, to whom they had placed behind a week earlier at the Murphy Cup.
Second Varsity Four: Katherine Capitan, Alexandra Farron, Jordyn Hussain, Ally Fisher with Ava Milano (coxswain).
Saturday: Similar to the Novice Eight, progression to the medal final was top two plus next two fastest overall times from two heats. And like the Novice Eight, placed second to secure its spot in the next day’s medal final.
Sunday Final: Crossed the line in third to earn a bronze medal placing 1.4 seconds behind second place Georgetown to whom WVU had finished 10.5 seconds behind a week earlier at the Murphy Cup.
Varsity Four: Ksenia Kaludjerovic, Michaela Pulick, Danielle Shuttleworth, Grace Cronen with Maura Harkins (coxswain).
Saturday: Progression from heats was heat winners then next three fastest to the medal round. Unable to secure the win, WVU was then racing for a time-based advancement placing third in its heat. In third place time was fifth overall and second of the next three fastest.
Sunday: In the final, finished second and ahead of fifth-place Georgetown to whom they lost by 10.6 seconds the previous weekend.
Second Varsity Eight: Ashlea Clark, Samantha Perro, Ryleigh Williams, Kaira Lay, Ashley Dibling, Nicole Dibling, Kileigh Lade, Megan Present with Sydney VanAuken (coxswain).
Saturday: Placed second in their heat in which a top-three finish secured a spot in Sunday’s medal final.
Sunday: In perhaps the most challenging water and wind conditions of the day, raced to a fourth place finish narrowing the gap to Georgetown from 9.1sec a week ago to 4.9sec.
Varsity Eight: Anna Gall, Katherine McMullen, Abigail Yingling, Kathleen Meldrum, Laurna Atkins, Violet Hewett, Emma Toy, Lydia Nicolai with Emily DeGlopper (coxswain).
Saturday: Struggled again to adapt to the windy conditions placing fifth in its heat, then sixth in its semi relegating them to the C Final.
Sunday: Bounced back with a much-improved performance on Sunday to place second in their six boat final.
Press Release Courtesy of West Virginia University Athletics Communications