Rowing's Varsity 4 Squad Wins at Knecht Cup

Rowing's Varsity 4 Squad Wins at Knecht Cup
The varsity 8 and varsity 4+ are in action tomorrow. Photo by Joel Auerbach.
CAMDEN, N.J.— The Barry University rowing team wrapped up competition at the Knecht Cup in a big way on Saturday as the varsity 4+ squad won the women’s club 4 final.
The squad (stroke- Robin Cascioli, 3- Renee Forcier, 2- Katie Rogers, bow- Summerlin Knipe, cox- Priscilla Donahue) finished in a time of 8:58.8, the fastest of the weekend for the women’s club 4 squads. Lafayette finished second, followed by Mercyhurst, Rochester, Philadelphia, and Heverford.
“It was a tremendous effort on their part,” said head coach Dave Sanderson. “They raced one of the smartest races I have ever seen.”
The Bucs were down in the first 500 meters, but battled their way through the second and third 500s to win twelve seconds faster than the second place boat.
“We’re really excited,” said Sanderson.  This is a great first time for us at the Knecht Cup.”
In the varsity 8 event, the Bucs (cox- Priscilla Donahue, stroke- Robin Cascioli, 7- Elise Carlson, 6- Summerlin Knipe, 5- Vanessa Viadero, 4- Renee Forcier, 3- Katie Rogers, 2- Courtney Greene, bow- Kelsey Garcia) finished fifth in their heat in a time of 8:03.7.
“The team had to overcome some obstacles during the week leading up to the race,” said Sanderson. “But they put up a good effort, and more work needs to be done.”
The Bucs return to action next weekend at the SIRA Championships in Oak Ridge, TN.
CAMDEN, N.J.—The Barry University rowing team got out to a good start at the 2009 Knecht Cup on Friday as the varsity 4+ earned a spot in the championship tomorrow.
The varsity 4+ (stroke- Robin Cascioli, 3- Renee Forcier, 2- Katie Rogers, bow- Summerlin Knipe, cox- Priscilla Donahue) won their heat in a time of 9:00.0, beating teams from Penn State, Lafayette, Rochester, and Philadelphia, qualifying them for the final tomorrow. 
“They did an awesome job,” said head coach Dave Sanderson.  “They controlled the race, and rowed smart and strong from start to finish.”
The Bucs’ time was the fastest of the day in the women’s club four event.
“Their race sets them up for a good position in the final tomorrow,” said Sanderson.  “But there is more work to do in the final.”
In the novice 4 event, the Bucs (stroke- Klesey Garcia, 3- Courtney Greene, 2- Jedidah Morrell, bow- JaniceAvila, cox- Jennifer Cortina) finished 5th in their heat in a time of 9:16.0.  The heat was won by Delaware, followed by Duquesne, UMass A, and UConn. 
The Bucs will wrap up the Knecht Cup tomorrow when the varsity 8 sees the water for the first time, and the varsity 4+ races in the club four final.