Miami Claims Two Out of Three Races Against Duke and Barry
April 28, 2006
CORAL GABLES, <?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Fla.– The Miami rowing team claimed two-of-three races against Duke and Barry Friday morning at the Krome Avenue Quarry. The Hurricanes won the Junior Varsity 8 and the Varsity 4 while finishing second in the Varsity 8. <?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
Racing the 2,000-meter course in a cool morning, competition opened up with a sprint for first in the Varsity 8. Miami lead for most of the race until Duke turned it on in the final 300-meters edging out Miami by a bow ball to claim first in a time of 6:29.9. Miami clocked in a time of 6:30.41 for second while Barry came in third in a time of 6:52.42.
The Junior Varsity 8 was another close race between Duke and Miami with .47 hundredths of a second between flags. Miami’s JV8 crew of Megan Leydecker (Cox), Karen Wiley, Jaquelene Heywood, Molly Wilson, Sarah Greyer, Rachel Sporko, Sarah Stocks, Valerie Webb and Taurii Coyne edged out Duke for first clocking in at 6:47.69. The Blue Devils came in at 6:48.16.
“Overall it was the best race we’ve had all season,” said junior Molly Wilson. “It was a major improvement from every other race we’ve had. Beating Duke couldn’t possible feel better especially since we lost to them at the ACC Championships. As a boat we couldn’t be prouder of ourselves.”
The Varsity 4 was all Miami as the Hurricanes took a boat length lead into the finish. Miami’s crew of Jessica Martin (Cox), Mackenzie Dove, Marenda Chamberlin, Megan Hudson and Megan White finished first ahead of Duke in a time of 7:38.97. Duke finished in a time of 7:46.04 while Barry finished third in a time of 7:49.2.
“It was an awesome race, coming back strong from ACCs where we lost to [Duke],” said junior Marenda Chamberlin. “We’re in a good position for our big regional meet in two weeks.”
Head coach Debra Morgan was equally pleased with the day’s results, “All the Miami crews came ready to race today,” she said. “They were really sharp and aggressive. They are starting to get their speed and peaking in time for Central Sprints. It was really a good performance from everyone. “
The Hurricanes will return to action at the Central Sprints which will be held May13-14 in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Stay tuned to Hurricanesports.com for up-to-date Miami Rowing news, results and recaps.
Miami vs. Barry and Duke
Friday, April 28, 2006
Krome Avenue Quarry – Miami, Fla.
1. Duke 6:29.9
2. Miami 6:30.41
3. Barry 6:52.42
Junior Varsity 8
1. Miami 6:47.69
2. Duke 6:48.16
1. Miami 7:38.97
2. Duke (A) 7:46.04
3. Barry 7:49.92
4. Duke (B) 8:29.06