Barry Rowing Finishes 6th in Nation

Barry University's Varsity 8+ crew placed sixth in the nation Sunday at the NCAA Division II National Championships. Photo by Bridget Lyons

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- Barry University's Varsity 8+ crew finished sixth in the nation Sunday, wrapping up its final race in the three-day NCAA Division II Women's Rowing National Championships.

Ranked eighth in the country in the most recent CRCA/U.S. Rowing Coaches poll, the Buccaneers 8 crew of coxswain Grace Horwitz, stroke Kristina Boncheva, Kelly Harrison, Renee Forcier, Helene Pierre, Mandy Carper, Samantha McKenzie, Courtney Greene and Rebekah Kilroy completed the Petite Final 2,000-meter course at Lake Mercer in 7:06.90. Central Oklahoma finished ahead of the Bucs in 7:03.77 to place fifth.

Barry's time was seven-tenths of a second faster than the Bucs' crew rowed in Saturday's semifinals.

Humboldt State won the title with a time of 6:48.84 in the Grand Final. Western Washington was second in 6:50.45, Nova Southeastern third in 6:51.89 and Mercyhurst fourth in 6:57.29.

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NCAA Rowing Championships (5/25/2012 to 5/27/2012)       
                       Results at                       
                    Lake Mercer in West Windsor, NJ                    
Event 12  Women 2000 Meter Dash Eights Petite Division II
    Name                              Finals
Petite Final                                                                 
  1 Central Oklahoma         7:03.77        
  2 Barry                             7:06.90

Event 2  Women 2000 Meter Dash Eights Grand Division II
    Name                              Finals
Grand Final                                                                 
  1 Humboldt St                   6:48.84        
  2 Western Washington     6:50.45        
  3 Nova SE                         6:51.89        
  4 Mercyhurst                     6:57.29
  3 Central Oklahoma                     
  4 Barry  

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