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WVU Wraps Up Cardinal Invite

  • By Christopher Pharis
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  • March 12, 2017 06:47 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va The West Virginia University rowing team opened the spring season at the sixth annual Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, this weekend.
 
 
Five Mountaineer boats competed in three sessions over the course of the two-day competition, the first varsity eight, second varsity eight, third varsity eight, varsity four, and second varsity four.
 
"Although we left our training camp in North Carolina to compete at the Cardinal Invite in Tennessee, this weekend's racing was very much a part of our camp,” coach Jimmy King said. “We changed lineups through each round of racing and were very pleased to see our team respond and adapt in a very positive manner."
                  
Saturday morning’s opening session was highlighted by a second-place finish by the second varsity four boat. Abigail Rees, Sarah Williams, Gillian Downs, Hannah Hammon and coxswain Gabrielle Boylan finished in 7:28.23, just behind Virginia (7:20.09).
 
Saturday morning began with the first varsity eight, where WVU, crewed by Hannah Simmerly, Elizabeth Hooper, Janae Hurst, Elizabeth Young, Emma Preston, Lindsay Krawczyk, Louisa Morgan and coxswain Kaitlin Sullivan, began competition finishing fourth with a time of 7:03.42.
 
Madisyn Lee, Lize Morris, Alissa Johnson, Aria Asselta and coxswain Emily Deming would go on to finish fourth (7:53.52) in the first varsity four race. WVU’s third varsity eight boat finished the 2000-meter course in 7:50.004, to cross the finish line in fourth place.
 
The second varsity eight, rowed by Amy Hoaglund, Louise Daenekindt, Carly Ledbetter, Alexis Brown, Alisha Brownfield, Megan Brophy, Lillian Westerman, Grace Dever and coxswain Abigail Harris, also finished fourth in 7:14.42.
 
The Mountaineers resumed competition on Saturday afternoon with the first varsity eight boat, crewed by Hoaglund, Simmerly, Hooper, Hurst, Young, Emily Stasi, Krawczyk, Morgan and coxed by Harris. WVU finished the race fourth in 7:04.63, behind Michigan State (6:38.39), Minnesota (6:49.94) and Clemson (6:52.97).
 
The third varsity eight, crewed by Dayton, Parsons, Stewart, Nordstrom, Dorsey, Lee, Ehrenberger and Rusnock-Rozzi and coxed by Boylan, finished second, behind Michigan State’s ‘A’ boat (6:58.98).
 
The first varsity four and the second varsity eight both placed fourth in their afternoon races, and the second varsity four crew finished third to wrap up Saturday’s competition.
 
"Our racing improved in each round not only technically, but more important, mentally,”  King continued, “The competition we faced this weekend will prepare us well for the racing that's to come, as long as we put into action the lessons learned this week."
 
Sunday morning’s session marked the end of the two-day competition. The Mountaineers finished fourth in the first varsity eight (6:40.17), varsity four (7:31.21), third varsity eight (7:36.26) and the second varsity eight (6:52.18) races. The varsity four boats finished third (7:48.22) behind Tulsa (7:42.93) and Louisville (7:21.31).
 
In its sixth consecutive year, the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational was hosted by Louisville.
 
"Thanks to the University of Louisville staff and the Oak Ridge Rowing Association for their efforts in organizing and running such a great early-season regatta,” King said. “We appreciate the opportunity to compete in this annual event."
 
The Mountaineers will now take a two-week hiatus before heading to Washington D.C., to take on Georgetown on March 25.
 
SATURDAY MORNING SESSION LINEUPS/RESULTS
 
 
Results:
  1. Virginia (6:32.56)
  2. Michigan State (6:38.75)
  3. Notre Dame (6:46.56)
  4. West Virginia (7:03.42)
 
First Varsity Four: Madisyn Lee, Lize Morris, Alissa Johnson, Aria Asselta and coxswain Emily Deming.
 
Results:
  1. Virginia (7:19.49)
  2. Notre Dame (7:29.98)
  3. Michigan State (7:51.07)
  4. West Virginia (7:53.52)
 
Results:
  1. Virginia (6:50.30)
  2. Michigan State A (6:52.55)
  3. Notre Dame (7:11.51)
  4. West Virginia (7:50.004)
 
Results:
  1. Virginia (6:37.01)
  2. Michigan State (6:48.67)
  3. Notre Dame (6:51.92)
  4. West Virginia (7:14.42)
 
Results:
  1. Virginia (7:20.09)
  2. West Virginia (7:28.23)
  3. Michigan State – Scratch
  4. Notre Dame – Scratch
SATURDAY AFTERNOON SESSION LINEUPS/RESULTS
 
 
Results:
  1. Michigan State (6:38.39)
  2. Minnesota (6:49.94)
  3. Clemson (6:52.97)
  4. West Virginia (7:04.63)
 
Results:
  1. Minnesota (7:33.50)
  2. Clemson (7:36.60)
  3. Michigan State (7:54.26)
  4. West Virginia (8:02.55)
Third Varsity Eight/ Novice: Dayton, Parsons, Stewart, Nordstrom, Dorsey, Lee, Ehrenberger, Rusnock-Rozzi and coxswain Boylan
 
Results:
  1. Michigan State A (6:58.98)
  2. West Virginia (7:44.26)
  3. Tennessee B (8:21.05)
 
Results:
  1. Michigan State (6:51.43)
  2. Clemson (6:53.198)
  3. Minnesota (6:56.15)
  4. West Virginia (7:06.39)
 
Results:
  1. Clemson (7:51.44)
  2. Minnesota (8:00.77)
  3. West Virginia (8:24.39)
  4. Michigan State – Scratch
SUNDAY MORNING LINEUPS/RESULTS
 
 
Results:
  1. Louisville (6:25.06)
  2. Tulsa (6:27.098)
  3. Notre Dame (6:29.28)
  4. West Virginia (6:40.17)
 
 
Results:
  1. Louisville (7:09.98)
  2. Notre Dame (7:14.38)
  3. Tulsa (7:27.17)
  4. West Virginia (7:31.21)
 
 
Results:
  1. Notre Dame (6:46.32)
  2. Louisville (6:56.63)
  3. Tulsa (7:08.79)
  4. West Virginia (7:26.26)
 
Results:
  1. Louisville (6:32.17)
  2. Notre Dame (6:37.79)
  3. Tulsa (6:45.68)
  4. West Virginia (6:52.18)
Second Varsity Four: Abbigail Rees, Lize Morris, Hannah Hammon, Sarah Williams and Gabby Boylan
 
Results:
  1. Louisville (7:21.32)
  2. Tulsa (7:42.93)
  3. West Virginia (7:48.22)
  4. Notre Dame – Scratch
*All lineups are listed bow to stroke with the coxswain at the end.
 
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