Mountaineers Finish Fall Season Against Dukes

  • By Christopher Pharis
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  • November 11, 2016 06:49 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va  The West Virginia University rowing team wrapped up the fall season with a solid showing against Duquesne on the Monongahela River in Morgantown on Friday, November 11.
“Today’s scrimmage was very useful in helping us assess our progress to this point of the fall,” coach Jimmy King said, “As to be expected, we saw some good things and some not-so-good things we definitely need to improve upon. We’re clearly moving in the right direction, but we need to pick up the pace.”
WVU and Duquesne competed in four 1000-meter pieces that alternately started and finished by the Star City Bridge. After the four pieces were completed, the boats then raced in three sprints while heading back to the WVU Boathouse, lasting two-minutes, 90-seconds and one-minute.
In the four pieces, the first varsity eight won the first and fourth race, while they drew with their Duquesne counterparts in the second race. The Dukes’ first varsity eights edged out the Mountaineers in the third race. WVU’s second varsity eights bested their opponent in all four races.
WVU had two novice eight boats that competed against Duquesne’s third varsity eight boat and a novice boat.  The Mountaineers’ first novice eight finished second in all four races, while the second novice eight finished in third place three times and in fourth once.
To close out the competition, the WVU varsity fours swept the Dukes, winning all four races.
“Thanks to the Dukes for making the trip to Morgantown today, and great thanks to our families and friends who came out to cheer us on,” King said.
Varsity 8 Lineups
Varsity 4 Lineups
‘A’ Boat (stern to bow) – Gabriella Boylan, Sarah Williams, Alissa Johnson, Hannah Hammon, Abigail Rees and Coxswain Dana Bishop.
Novice 8 Lineups
‘B’ Boat (stern to bow)- Coxswain Abby Connor, Karli Dorsey, Sarah Boone, Morgan Okubo, Jessica Schrout, Megan Keene, Asia Williams, Alexandria Dayton and Kailee Kelly
*Gaylord raced in the first two races in the novice 8 A boat and was replaced by Nordstrom for the remainder of the competition.
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