INDIAN CREEK, Fla.—The Barry University and University of Miami rowing teams co-hosted the Race on the Creek on Saturday. In the head race, Miami’s “A” boat won all races, while the Buccaneers came in second.
In the varsity 8 race, Miami’s “A” boat placed first on the 2.5 mile course in a time of 15:41.6, while Barry’s entry (cox - Priscilla Donahue; stroke - Robin Cascioli, Renee Forcier, Elise Carlson, Rebekah Evans, Vanessa Viaderro, Summerlin Knipe, Katie Rogers, bow - Stephanie Logsdon) was second in 16:35.4. Miami’s “B” boat finished third (17:09.6), while the two entries from Nova Southeastern placed fourth (“A” 17:15.5) and fifth (“B” 17:50.9).
“It was a great day on the water for Barry rowing,” head coach Dave Sanderson said. “We raced strong and hard, beating both Nova boats and racing competitively with the Hurricanes.”
There were eight entries in the two-mile varsity 4 race and again Miami’s top boat finished first (14:34.4) followed closely by Barry (cox - Priscilla Donahue; stroke - Robin Cascioli, Renee Forcier, Elise Carlson, bow - Rebekah Evans) in 14:50.2.
Barry’s novice 4 also competed in the race, placing seventh in 16:46.2. It was the first ever race for the boat (cox - Krista Leger, stroke - Kelsey Garcia, Mary Lesniewski, Katie Rogers, bow - Jedidah Morrell), and a good one as they beat NSU’s “B” boat by almost 0:20 seconds.
“It was a great race for their first time ever,” Sanderson said. “To go into the cauldron and maintain their composure throughout shows that they have great promise.”
The rest of the field comprised Miami “B” (3rd-15:13.4), Nova Southeastern “A” (4th-15:44.6), Florida Tech (5th-15:50.8) and Nova Southeastern “C” (6th-16:24.8).
In the singles, Miami’s Tara Eddings came in first in 18:16.2, followed by Barry’s Vanessa Viadero (21:29.4) and Summerlin Knipe (21:59.5).
“We are very excited and encouraged by the results today,” Sanderson said, “and we will look to build on them at the FIRA (Florida Intercollegiate Rowing Association) regatta next week.”