Women's Rowing Wraps up Canal 54 Duals

The varsity 8's time of 7:16.4 was the fastest of the weekend. Photo by Joel Auerbach.
DAY TWO
 
FELLSMERE, Fla.-- The Barry University rowing team wrapped up the Canal 54 Duals on Saturday afternoon with another win in the varsity 8 event.
 
The varsity 8 crew went up against Rollins and Central Oklahoma in a race that came down to the wire. The Bucs (Cox-Priscilla Donahue, Stroke-Robin Cascioli, 7-Elise Carlson, 6- Renee Forcier, 5- Vanessa Viadero, 4- Summerlin Knipe, 3- Katie Rogers, 2- Rhiannon Doka, Bow- Kelsey Garcia) won the race in a time of 7:16.4, just two-tenths of a second faster than Central Oklahoma's 7:16.6.
 
The Bucs actually trailed the Bronchos through the first thousand meters, but used a strong final thousand meters to earn the win.
 
"It was really a barn burner," head coach Dave Sanderson said.  "I am excited that the squad raced so well through the second thousand meters."
 
In their varsity four event, the Bucs went against Nova Southeastern and Charleston.  The Sharks took the race in 8:05.8, while the Bucs placed second in 8:19.3.
 
"We're not quite as familiar in the 4 as we are in the 8," Sanderson said.  "We'll use this as a learning experience, and move on."
 
In the novice 4 event, the Bucs finished third to Charleston and Rollins with a time of 9:15.6. "We had a troublesome start, ending up too close to the shore," said Sanderson. "But once they recovered they fought hard, and gave it a good effort."
 
The Buccaneer return to action on Saturday, April 4 in a duel event with Nova Southeastern at the Shane Water Sports Center.
 
DAY ONE
 
FELLSMERE, Fla.— The Barry University women’s rowing team got out to a good start at the Canal 54 Duals on Friday afternoon, earning the best overall time in the varsity 8 event.
 
The Buccaneer squad (Cox-Priscilla Donahue, Stroke-Robin Cascioli, 7-Elise Carlson, 6- Renee Forcier, 5- Vanessa Viadero, 4- Summerlin Knipe, 3- Katie Rogers, 2- Rhiannon Doka, Bow- Kelsey Garcia) won their race against Florida Tech in a time of 7:41.8.
 
Two other teams, Nova Southeastern and University of Charleston raced head to head with Nova winning in a time of 7:43.2, second best on the day to Barry’s.
 
“We had a strong race, and we’re happy with the results,” head coach Dave Sanderson said. “The squad had to deal with some changing conditions before the race, but they handled them well.”
 
The varsity 8 squad will race in two head to head matches tomorrow against Rollins College and the University of Central Oklahoma.
 
The varsity 4+ will see action tomorrow against Nova Southeastern and the University of Central Oklahoma, while the novice 4 will dual it out with University of Charleston, and Rollins.

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