Badger lightweights row to success at Knecht Cup


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April 12, 2014

West Windsor, NJ -- Racing on open water for only the second time this season, the Wisconsin women’s lightweight rowing team found success in both lightweight and openweight races Saturday on the first day of the Knecht Cup in West Windsor, N.J. 

Rowing against openweight competition in the women’s varsity eight, the Badgers’ lightweight crew came in second with a time of 6:53.53, trailing only Massachusetts’ time of 6:47.90 to qualify for the semifinal race. The Badgers then rowed a 6:52.95 in the varsity eight semifinals, placing third in their heat to qualify for the petite final on Sunday. 

Wisconsin’s lightweights rowed to a first-place finish in its second varsity eight preliminary race, crossing the line at 6:55.93, just before second-place Tulsa could finish in 6:56.41 to qualify for the second varsity semifinal. The Badgers found similar success in the semifinal, claiming second place just seconds behind Fordham’s openweight crew to qualify for Sunday’s grand final event.

The Badgers continued to face openweight opponents in the novice eight event, racing a time of 7:14.62 to place third behind boats from Drexel and Buffalo to advance to semifinal competition. UW rose to the occasion in the semifinal, capturing first place after rowing a time of 7:08.54 and defeating second-place Boston College by just two tenths of a second. The result earned UW a spot in the grand final race Sunday.

In Wisconsin’s only races against other lightweight teams, the Wisconsin A crew took second with a time of 7:00.49 to qualify for Sunday’s final event and the Wisconsin B squad checked in at fourth with 7:11.00 in the first heat of lightweight eight competition. In the second heat, the Wisconsin C boat placed fifth after rowing a 7:48.62.

The Knecht Cup will conclude on Sunday for the teams and boats that qualified for the final races in each event. 

Knecht Cup
Mercer Lake
West Windsor Township, NJ
April 12, 2014

Women’s Varsity Eight first round (openweight)
1. Massachussetts, 6:47.90; 2. Wisconsin (lightweight) 6:53.53; Connecticut, 6:54.84; 4. Fordham, 6:55.89; Colgate 7:02.79
UW Lineup: Coxswain Brianna Murphy, Gabriela Purman, Helena Randle, Megan Oechsel, Jennifer Kish, Lara Tiramani, Emma Landauer, Mackenzie Whiteside, Samantha Brecht 

Women’s Varsity Eight Semifinal (openweight)
1. Old Dominion, 6:51.61; 2. Boston College, 6:52.74; 3. Wisconsin (lightweight), 6:52.95; 4. Alabama, 6:59.25; 5. Colgate, 7.11.25
UW Lineup: Coxswain Brianna Murphy, Gabriela Purman, Helena Randle, Megan Oechsel, Jennifer Kish, Lara Tiramani, Emma Landauer, Mackenzie Whiteside, Samantha Brecht

Women’s Second Varsity Eight First Round (openweight)
1. Wisconsin (lightweight), 6:55.93; 2. Tulsa, 6:56.41; 3. W. Virginia, 7:02.90; 4. Connecticut, 7:04.54; 5. Delaware, 7:10.46
UW Lineup: Coxswain Tenzin Khangkar, Alessandra Ruenger, Gretchen Miron, Olivia Meehan, Julia Rollins, Anna Leach, Amanda Aiello, Katie Rosoff, Julia Glueck

Women’s Second Varsity Eight Semifinal (openweight)
1. Fordham, 6:50.40; 2. Wisconsin (lightweight), 6:52.56; 3. Alabama, 6:55.32; 4. North Carolina, 6:59.44; 5. Buffalo, 7:01.49
UW Lineup: Coxswain Tenzin Khangkar, Alessandra Ruenger, Gretchen Miron, Olivia Meehan, Julia Rollins, Anna Leach, Amanda Aiello, Katie Rosoff, Julia Glueck

Women’s Novice Eight First Round (openweight)
1. Drexel, 7:05.50; 2. Buffalo, 7:07.05; 3. Wisconsin (lightweight), 7:14.62; 4. Villanova, 7:16.34; 5. Temple, 7:20.34
UW Lineup: Coxswain Kelsey Knutson, Kate Wintheiser, Moriah Consigny, Sela Gordon, Rorie Buchanan, Caitlin Kantowski, Mary Larson, Audrey Dalgarno, Lena Hedberg 

Women’s Novice Eight Semifinal (openweight)
1. Wisconsin (lightweight), 7:08.54; 2. Boston College, 7:08.76; 3. Villanova, 7:17.96; 4. Alabama, 7:18.50, 5. Delaware, 7:29.81
UW Lineup: Coxswain Kelsey Knutson, Kate Wintheiser, Moriah Consigny, Sela Gordon, Rorie Buchanan, Caitlin Kantowski, Mary Larson, Audrey Dalgarno, Lena Hedberg 

Women’s Lightweight Eight
Heat 1
1. Bucknell, 6:53.76; 2. Wisconsin A, 7:00.49; 3. MIT A, 7:04.42; 4. Wisconsin B, 7:11.00; 5. MIT B, 7:22.90
UW Lineups:
A: Coxswain Brianna Murphy, Gabriela Purman, Helena Randle, Megan Oechsel, Jennifer Kish, Lara Tiramani, Emma Landauer, Mackenzie Whiteside, Samantha Brecht
B: Coxswain Tenzin Khangkar, Alessandra Ruenger, Gretchen Miron, Olivia Meehan, Julia Rollins, Anna Leach, Amanda Aiello, Katie Rosoff, Julia Glueck

Heat 2
1. Princeton, 6:54.71; 2. Boston University A, 7:00.88; 3. Tulsa, 7:06.98; 4. Boston University B, 7:16.52; 5. Wisconsin C, 7:48.62
UW Lineup: Coxswain Kelsey Knutson, Kate Wintheiser, Moriah Consigny, Sela Gordon, Rorie Buchanan, Caitlin Kantowski, Mary Larson, Audrey Dalgarno, Lena Hedberg

 


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