PhilaU’s women’s rowing team didn’t let the cold conditions on Lake Carnegie in New Jersey stop them from picking up a first-place finish in the Varsity 4 race over Princeton and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on Saturday, March 27.
The Varsity 4 won by an open water length in 8:23, as MIT and Princeton rounded out second and third place.
“The race was a good confidence builder for our Women’s Varsity 4, which should catapult them to a successful showing at the Murphy Cup next weekend,” said PhilaU Head Coach Chris O’Brien.
In the Women’s Varsity 8 competition, PhilaU placed second with a time of 7:17 in between winner Princeton and third-place MIT.
The team opened their spring schedule March 19 and 20 in Melbourne, Fla., racing in the Governor’s Cup. The Women’s Varsity 8 placed third behind Florida Tech and Columbia University with a time of 7:04. The Women’s Varsity 4 finished third behind Columbia and Florida Tech with a time of 8:13.
Captains of the Lady Rams for this season are senior Briana Zelinski and Maureen Agnew. There are six seniors on the team this year and all have previously raced in the NCAA Division II Championship. Freshman Allison Cook is the rookie to watch this season.
On Saturday, April 3 the team will compete on their home water, the Schuylkill River, in the Murphy Cup.