Rowing Ends Fall with Strong Showing at Rivanna Romp


Nov. 17, 2013

EARLYSVILLE, Va. - The Louisville rowing team completed the fall season with a strong performance at the Rivanna Romp on Sunday earning a pair of close runner-up finishes in varsity races against a field of crews that included national power Virginia, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Old Dominion and West Virginia.

"It's a huge step for our program to compete so closely with Virginia, who has been the fastest team in the country this fall," said Louisville head coach Derek Copeland. "Last year, we came here with a dozen athletes and threw our hat in the ring. It was wonderful to make the same trip, but with enough athletes to fill five eights."

Competing on the Rivanna Reservoir in an event hosted by the University of Virginia, the Cardinals' varsity eight crew of Sophie St. Martin (coxswain), Morgan Dunham, Hannah Ritter, Darya Marchanka, Amy Van Syoc, Kara Savegnago, Hanna Spittel, Abbie Wade and Sam Sinnett finished with a time of 13:23.4 to trail only the host Cavaliers with a time of 13:17.1. The Cardinals' two other varsity eight crews finished sixth (Second Varsity 8+) and 15th (Third Varsity 8+) respectively in the field of 17 boats.

"The second varsity eight showed that they are on a great track with today's result," Copeland said. "They finished ahead of the first varsity boats for Oklahoma, Old Dominion and West Virginia and that shows that we are much closer to being ready to compete in the NCAA Championship races with the best teams in the nation."

In the varsity four event, the Cardinals' `A' crew had a time of 14:55.6 to trail first-place Virginia (14:50.3) by than less than six seconds. Louisville also had crews finish 12th, 15th, 16th and 19th in the field of 28 crews. In the novice eight event, Louisville's `A' crew had a time of 15:05.9 to finish second behind Pennsylvania.

"We intend to realign our focus as we move off of the water and indoors through February," said Copeland. "The school work gets special attention now as they strive for one of their team goals of earning a 3.5 team GPA. Overall, I am so proud of how this group continues to show up daily to do the work on and off the water. It seems that having fun while doing work is a great way to live.

Up next, the Cardinals will begin preparations for the spring schedule, which is set to open on March 15-16 with the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational at Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Louisville at Rivanna Romp - Results
Sunday, Nov. 17
Varsity 8+ (17 entries)

1. Virginia `A' (13:17.1)
2. Louisville `A' (13:23.4)
3. Virginia `B' (13:34.4)
4. Virginia `C' (13:42.7)
5. Pennsylvania `A' (13:51.6)
6. Louisville `B' (13:53.0)
7. Oklahoma `A' (14:03.5)
8. Virginia `D' (14:04.2)
9. Old Dominion `A' (14:17.0)
10. Pennsylvania `B' (14:32.4)
15. Louisville `C' (14:54.7)

Varsity 4+ (28 entries)
1. Virginia `A' (14:50.3)
2. Louisville `A' (14:55.6)
3. Pennsylvania `A' (15:16.7)
4. Virginia `B' (15:17.7)
5. Virginia `C' (15:44.1)
6. Oklahoma `A' (15:45.0)
7. Pennsylvania `B' (15:47.5)
8. Oklahoma `C' (15:53.0)
9. Oklahoma `B' (15:57.0)
10. Virginia `D' (15:58.1)
12. Louisville `D' (15:59.8)
15. Louisville `B' (16:06.9)
16. Louisville `C' (16:08.4)
19. Louisville `E' (16:16.8)

Novice 8+ (5 entries)
1. Pennsylvania `A' (14:40.0)
2. Louisville `A' (15:05.9)
3. Virginia `A' (15:07.9)
4. Virginia `B' (15:58.5)
5. Louisville `B' (16:04.0)

Louisville Lineups - Rivanna Romp
Sunday, Nov. 17
Varsity 8+ (A)
: Sophie St. Martin (coxswain), Morgan Dunham, Hannah Ritter, Darya Marchanka, Amy Van Syoc, Kara Savegnago, Hanna Spittel, Abbie Wade, Sam Sinnett

Second Varsity 8+ (B): Andrea Zorn (coxswain), Katie Nord, Kylie Noltemeyer, Lucy Wilshier, Kelsey Webb, Amanda Zalno, Lizzie DeVries, Ashleigh Hodge, Marissa Thalen

Third Varsity 8+ (C): Katie McGrath (coxswain), Emma Melton, Kylen Patterman, Cynthia Doyle, Shelby Stafford, McKenzie Clifford, Paula Gollnick, Katie Miller, Alexis Speliotis



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