Rowing Completes Day One At Knecht Cup
April 10, 2010
CAMDEN, N.J. - The Massachusetts women's rowing team competed in Day One at the Knecht Cup on Saturday, finishing first in four races. The Minutewomen placed first in the Pair, Varsity Four, and Second Varsity Eight events in the preliminary heats. UMass will regroup for the Grand Final, Petite Final and Third Level Final tomorrow morning at 7 AM from the Cooper River in Camden, N.J.
After a respectable second place finish behind Duke in the prelim of the Varsity Eight (6:56.06), the squad of Samantha Schnoerr (coxs), Jen Coyne, Kelsey Schachter, Alexandra DiMatteo, Jessica Stern, Samantha Smith, Amanda Doolin, Meredith Kearney, Megan Rodgers fell just short of the Grand Final after a third place finish in the semifinal, and will instead compete in the Petite Final.
UMass' Second Varsity Eight fared a bit better, crossing the finish first in the prelim (6:56.43), and kept its momentum into the semis, finishing first again ahead of Duke, UConn, West Virginia, Marist and Drexel. The Minutewomen entered multiple boats in the Novice Eight, but only the UMass A boat reached the semis, and just snuck into the Grand Final with a third place finish, three seconds ahead of North Carolina.
Massachusetts stacked the lineup for the Single event, entering Ellis Brewster, Emily Boucher and Amy Nash, and two of three reached the Finals, and will compete against three Duke entries and Pittsburgh.
Alexandra DiMatteo and Amanda Doolin, and Chelsea Wakeham and Elizabeth Euiler got the day started for UMass in the Pair preliminary, with one boat taking the win with a time of 8:34.97. The second UMass boat placed third in the same heat with a time of 8:50.85. Both boats reached the Grand Final later in the day, each finishing second in their respective heats with times of 8:25.74 and 8:36.65.
The Minutewomen also had two boats in the Varsity Four, and both continued to dominate with first and third place finishes to reach the semifinals. Neither squad, however, was able to maintain its speed later in the day, with third (7:49.17) and fifth (8:10.61) place finishes to reach the Petite and Third Level Finals, respectively. Massachusetts' Novice Four boat finished third in the preliminary heat with a time of 8:48.32, but failed to reach the Grand Final after a fifth place finish in the semifinals.
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