Rowing Takes Fourth At MAAC Championship
WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – The Drake rowing team finished in fourth place at the 2013 Metro Atlantic Athletic Championships at Lake Mercer. The Bulldogs, the defending MAAC champions, tallied 28 points to finish behind Marist (45), Fairfield (43) and Canisius (35) on Saturday.
“The girls rowed their guts out today and got faster in each race as the day went on,” Drake head coach Charlie DiSilvestro said. “The NCAA auto bid made every team, every boat ramp things up to another level and it showed today. Every boat was fast and every race was fast and competitive.”
The Bulldogs varsity 8+ I crew finished in third place in its preliminary heat to advance to the grand finals were they placed fourth with a time of 7:14.08 behind Fairfield, Marist and Canisius. Drake’s varsity 8+ II crew was third in its preliminary heat and fifth in the grand final with a time of 7:34.29 behind Marist, Canisius, Fairfield and Robert Morris. Both eight boat races counted towards the championship total.
In its two other races of the day, Drake’s open 4+ crew had the best finish taking third place with a time of 8:02.16, while the varsity 4+ crew was fourth place in its race with a time of 8:09.05. The varsity 4+ race was the final race to count towards the championship total, while the open 4+ was an exhibition race.
“You always want to go out with a win especially for the seniors but today wasn’t our day,” DiSilvestro said. “I’m so proud of all the girls and thank you to the seniors for the great contributions they have made to our program.”
Marist’s win earns them the MAAC’s first ever NCAA Rowing Championships automatic bid, which will take place May 31-June 2 in Indianapolis, Ind. at Eagle Park. Drake edged Marist by two points to win the program’s first-ever conference title last season.
Drake will send its open 4 crew to the Dad Vail Championships Regatta on Friday-Saturday, May 10-11 in Philadelphia, Pa. The Dad Vail will conclude the 2013 season for the Drake rowing team.
“We are going to take a break after Dad Vail to rest,” said DiSilvestro. “Then we are going to start getting ready for next year. We have some good young talent coming up the pipeline and l’ m excited for the future.”
2013 MAAC Rowing Championships (Lake Mercer)
Varsity 8+ I (4th, 7:14.08)
Jacque Nowers (coxswain) (Ames, Iowa)
Jessica Nightser (Council Bluffs, Iowa)
Brittany Michael (Pleasant Hill, Iowa)
Maggie Benhart (St. Charles, Iowa)
Katie Serbin (Hannibal, Mo.)
Alex Lueck (West Allis, Wis.)
Brianna Leinon (Sussex, Wis.)
Kelsey Leahy (Madison, Wis.)
Emily Householter (Wheaton, Ill.)
Varsity 8+ II (5th, 7:34.29)
Hannah Hennessy (coxswain) (Morris, Ill.)
Monica Worsley (Cary, Ill.)
Sarah Laughlin (Arlington Heights, Ill.)
Andrea Piekarczyk (Downers Grove, Ill.)
Brittney Smith (Duluth, Minn.)
Stephanie Boylan (Greenleaf, Wis.)
Mallory Bonstrom (Eau Claire, Wis.)
Kristina Vann (Batavia, Ill.)
Justine Choe (Morton Grove, Ill.)
Varsity 4+ (4th, 8:09.05)
Bri Varela (cox) (Olathe, Kan.)
Bailey Berg (Eau Claire, Wis.)
Megan Friel (Minooka, Ill.)
Tristina Meister (Mitchell, Neb.)
Kelsey Pfeifer (Whitefish Bay, Wis.)
Open 4+ (3rd, 8:01.16)
Jacque Nowers (coxswain)