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Novice Begins Fall Season at Head of Occoquan

  • By Christopher Pharis
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  • November 05, 2016 06:15 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va – The West Virginia University novice rowing team opened the fall season by securing three top-five finishes and a victory at the 32nd annual Head of the Occoquan in Fairfax Station, Virginia.
 
“The first race is always a special challenge, and I am pleased with how things went today,” assistant coach Tina Griffith said, “Each boat did a great job meeting their particular challenges and overall the team made big steps towards realizing its full potential.”
                  
The Mountaineers kicked off the regatta with two entries in the novice women’s four race, where WVU saw both of their boats finish in the top-four. WVU’s ‘A’ boat, coxed by Dana Bishop and rowed by Lize Morris, Gillian Downs, Hallie Nichols and Ashley Rackley, won the race with a time of 20:43.28, 53 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher, Virginia Tech.
 
The ‘B’ boat, which was rowed by Shyla Parsons, Sarah Boone, Emma Nordstrom and McKenna Rusnock-Rozzi and coxed by Haley Hensil, finished three spots behind their teammates to finish fourth with a time of 22:01.36.
 
The Mountaineers also had two entries in the Novice Women’s 8+ to wrap up the event. Of the 22 entries, both of the Mountaineers boats finished in the top-10. The ‘A’ boat finished in third-place, while the ‘B’ boat crossed the finish line in tenth place.
 
The ‘A’ boat, which was coxed by Bishop and rowed by Morris, Ciara Stewart, Downs, Nichols, Parsons, Rackley, Mary Kate Westfall, and Rusnock-Rozzi, finished the event in 19:32.66.
 
The ‘B’ boat finished with a time of 21:13.36. The boat was coxed by Abby Connor and was rowed by Karli Dorsey, Boone, Morgan Okubo, Jessica Schrout, Nordstrom, Alex Dayton, Megan Keene and Kailee Kelly
 
“I was happy for the novice squad to see the work that they and their coaches have put in since September pay off in good racing performances today,” coach Jimmy King said. “The medals are nice, but the sense of accomplishment enjoyed by all of our crews is even better.” 
 
The Head of the Occoquan is hosted by the Occoquan Boat Club, and was held at Sandy Run Regional Park. The event is one of the largest rowing regattas in the United States.
 
The varsity and novice teams will be back in action on November 11, as they host Duquesne in Morgantown to close out the fall season. The varsity team has been off since they took on Bucknell on October 8 and 9.
 
FROSH NOVICE WOMEN'S 4+ (22 total entries)
West Virginia ‘A’ (20:43.28)
Virginia Tech (21:36.15)
Franklin & Marshall College (21:46.19)
West Virginia ‘B’ (22:01.36)
Penn State Crew (22:04.52)
Duquesne (22:11.04)
 
‘A’ Lineup (Stroke to bow) - Coxswain Dana Bishop, Lize Morris, Gillian Downs, Hallie Nichols and Ashley Rackley.
 
‘B’ Lineup (Stroke to bow) - Coxswain Haley Hensil, Shyla Parsons, Sarah Boone, Emma Nordstrom and McKenna Rusnock-Rozzi
 
 
FROSH NOVICE WOMEN'S 8+ (23 total entries)
George Washington (17:57.15)
Georgetown (19:00.98)
West Virginia ‘A’ (19:32.66)
Georgetown (19:43.16)
St. Mary’s College of Maryland (20:13.74)
Pittsburgh (20:22.14)
Penn State (20:52.23)
Loyola (Maryland) (21:02.46)
Duquesne (21:04.86)
West Virginia ‘B’ (21:13.36)
 
‘A’ Lineup (Stroke to bow)- Coxswain Dana Bishop, Lize Morris, Ciara Stewart, Gillian Downs, Hallie Nichols, Shyla Parsons, Ashley Rackley, Mary Kate Westfall, and McKenna Rusnock-Rozzi
 
‘B’ Lineup (Stroke to bow)- Coxswain Abby Connor, Karli Dorsey, Sarah Boone, Morgan Okubo, Jessica Schrout, Emma Nordstrom, Alex Dayton, Megan Keene and Kailee Kelly
 
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