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Women's Rowing Takes Third At SIRA

Women's Rowing Takes Third At SIRA

April 22, 2002

Coral Gables, Fla. (www.hurricanesports.com) — – The University of Miami women’s rowing program finished in third-place this past weekend at the 34th annual Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Championship on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Third-place finishes by the varsity eight and JV eight in their respective Grand Finals highlighted the third-place overall finish. The UM women garnered a total of 21 points over the weekend, behind Purdue (29) and Tennessee (28). Miami narrowly edged Georgia Tech for third-place after the Yellow Jackets accumulated 20 points.

The varsity eight had moved into Sunday’s Grand Final with a first-place finish in its semifinal race over Tulsa and Delaware. Earlier in the morning, the Hurricanes’ eight also took first in one of the four heats, over Purdue and UCF. In the semifinals, UM outraced second-place Tulsa by a time of 6:53.2 to 6:54.9.

In the Grand Final, the varsity eight finished the course with a time of 7:15.9, behind first-place Tennessee (7:08.2) and second-place Cincinnati (7:13.1). The Hurricanes placed ahead Tulsa, Louisville and Delaware. The varsity eight consisted of Jenny Lee (coxswain), Jenny Krawec, Anna Cohen, Marijka VanderPol, Jacqui Julien, Jordanna Heywood, Monika Manios, Mandy Turner and Ananda Chou.

The JV eight finished behind Cincinnati (7:02.6) and Tennessee (7:05.3) with a time of 7:15.6. Delware, Purdue and Ohio State placed behind the Hurricanes. The JV eight featured Meg Venezia (coxswain), Kate Weeden, Caroline Stuart, Julie Crane, Alli Nelson, Maggie Knuth, Yassi Hairinia, Sara Grossman and Yennisha Pino.

The JV eight had placed second in its semifinal with a time of 7:07.9 to first-place Tennessee’s 7:04.6 to advance to Sunday’s Grand Final.

The varsity four, which took third in its heat on Saturday to advance to the Grand Final, placed sixth with a time of 8:23.2. Marietta (7:53.7) finished first. Rowing in the varsity four were april runkle (coxswain), Laraine Martin, Melissa Saunders, Rachel Sander and Dorothy Clay.

The JV four was the lone first-place finish for Miami in its Grand Final on Saturday with a time of 8:06.2, ahead of second-place Stetson (8:18.1), followed by Cincinnati (8:23.2) and Marietta (8:45.5). The JV four included Gaby Scovazzo (coxswain), Tyler McHugh-Merrill, Trisha Blackwell, Liz Miller and Bernadette Lack.

On the novice side, the eight finished sixth in its Grand Final with a time of 7:36.0. Purdue won the novice eight race with a time of 7:10.3. The novice eight competing this weekend was Marueen Haley (coxswain), Ericka Miller, Joelyn Manula, Patrice Wakeley, Michelle Owens, Lisa Beezer, Deirdre Curran, Cory Bell and Mary Radinski.

Miami returns to action on April 28 at the BIG EAST Rowing Challenge at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. The Quinsigamond Rowing Association (QRA) will serve as the host organization for the second year of the competition. The nine league institutions slated to participate include: Miami, Boston College, Connecticut, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Syracuse, Villanova and West Virginia.