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Women's Rowing Heads To BIG EAST Challenge

Women's Rowing Heads To BIG EAST Challenge

April 25, 2002

Coral Gables, Fla. (www.hurricanesports.com) — – University of Miami women’s rowing travels to Worcester, Mass., for the BIG EAST Women’s Rowing Challenge this Sunday on Lake Quinsigamond.

The UM women are fresh off a third-place finish at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Championship last weekend in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The varsity eight and JV eight each recorded third-place finishes in their respective Grand Finals. The varsity four finished sixth in its Grand Final, while the JV four was the lone first-place victory.

The Challenge is comprised of six races: second novice eight, novice four, first novice eight, varsity four, second varsity eight and varsity eight.

Among the schools competing with Miami are Boston College, Connecticut, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Syracuse, Villanova and West Virginia.

Syracuse’s varsity eight has won three races this year en route to a No.12 national ranking in the US Rowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Top 20. At a home tri-meet on Onondaga Lake, the Orangewomen earned a victory defeating Boston University and Clemson. On March 15, SU defeated Miami and Central Florida.

Notre Dame’s rowing team is experiencing its best season in history and is currently ranked ninth in the nation. After a successful fall campaign in which the Irish won two races, ND took four of five races from Tennessee, including a 19-second victory by the varsity eight.

Rutgers finished in third place in all of its races against Wisconsin and Northeastern to open its season. On April 6, the women raced against Princeton and Columbia, finishing third.

Boston College is in its second season as a varsity program and will look to challenge for the varsity eight title. The Eagles’ varsity eight crew has picked up a pair of victories this season at the Knecht Cup, a two-day affair with 57 schools participating.

Georgetown has collected victories in the varsity eight, varsity four and the second varsity eight this season. The varsity eight petite took first place at the George Washington Invitational Crew Classic on April 13.

Miami heads into the 2002 BIG EAST Rowing Challenge fresh off a third-place finish at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship. The varsity eight has rowed strong this season, improving its times in nearly every competition.

The Villanova novice eight team hopes that a third-place finish at the Knecht Cup and Occoquan Springs will lead to success at the BIG EAST Rowing Challenge.

Connecticut has strong novice crews with the novice eight crew taking home three victories and the first novice four claiming two victories this season. In their last race versus Army on April 20, the Huskies’ novice eight crew crossed the line second.

West Virginia, a second-year program, will look to take home the varsity eight crown. The Mountaineers nabbed their first win of the season defeating Barry in Miami, Fla. on March 30.

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