Rowing Wins Ninth Consecutive A-10 Title
April 24, 2004
COLLINGSWOOD, N.J. - The University of Massachusetts rowing team won its ninth consecutive Atlantic 10 Championship this afternoon on the Cooper River in Collingswood, N.J. UMass won three individual races including the quad, varsity four and varsity eight events.
Overall, UMass totaled 42 points enroute to the first-place finish. Rhode Island finished second with 33 points, while Saint Joseph's was third with 24 points and George Washington finished fourth with 23 points. The Colonials were followed by Dayton (20 points), Fordham (14 points), Temple (13 points), and Duquesne and La Salle (nine points).
UMass won gold in the Quad (7:33.2), Varsity 4 (8:15.7), and Varsity 8 (6:43.0) en route to the team title. George Washington won two events - Novice 8-A (7:09.6), Novice 8-B (7:34.5) - as did Rhode Island - Lightweight 8 (7:05.3) and Second Varsity 8 (7:01.0). La Salle won the Novice 4 (8:41.2).
Additionally, for the sixth time in eight years, Massachusetts' Jim Dietz was named Coach of the Year in voting conducted among the Conference's head coaches. Dietz was previously honored in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2003.
The quad consisted of Lea Jakobsen, Katie O'Brien, Faith Harkins, and Cat Gariepy. The varsity four included rowers Kate Grogan, Jay Yankowski, Megan Pittman, and Ann Roberts, along with coxswain Lindsay Price. The varsity eight was led by coxswain Carrie Champigny and rowers Hayley McGrath, Lizzy Boyle, Lea Jakobsen, Lauren Cromwell, Katie O'Brien, Stephanie Hopf, Faith Harkins, and Cat Gariepy.
No meet records were eclipsed.
Complete results of the Atlantic 10 Women's Rowing Championship as attached.
Overall Team Standings
Quad Grand Final
Novice 4 Grand Final
Novice 8-B Grand Final
Novice 8-A Grand Final
Lightweight 8 Grand Final
Varsity 4 Grand Final
2nd Varsity 8 Grand Final
Varsity 8 Grand Final
Varsity 8 Petite Final (non-scoring)