OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (April 16, 2017) – Rollins women’s rowing put three boats on the water at the 2017 Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Championship over the weekend.  

The Rollins Varsity 8 of Sarah Ankli, Samantha Talucci, Isabel Sandoval, Morgan Colley, Elise Marquette, Elizabeth Berry, Kelly Farrell, Charlotte Kaye and Rhiannan Holland ended the day with a second-place finish in the B final, finishing just behind to Stetson. In the semifinals earlier in the day, the Tars boat battled Wichita State for the last spot in the A final. The Tars and Shockers were neck and neck the entire way down the course. Wichita built a two-seat lead at the 1000-meter mark and the Tars quickly countered, pulling even and gaining a few inches. It came down to the last 300-meters and Rollins brought the rate up and went for the win, but Wichita was able to edge out the Tars at the line by three seconds.

Rollins Varsity 4 of Alyssa Rabade, Erin Snyder, Rachel Wasserman, Grace Wamester and Isabella Seddon advanced to the B final and finished second. The Tars rowed a solid piece and finished just behind Old Dominion while beating Tennessee.   

The Novice 8 of Emma Battlle, Alisha Koti, Victoria Jones, Nikita Wallace, Evelyn Villarreal, Dani Temple, Nicole Vitt, Ashley Kinsley and Victoria Scott finished fourth of 10 crews in the race, just behind Georgia, Florida and Purdue. The Tars beat Georgia Tech, Colorado and Texas on the day. The boat shot of the line the fastest they have all season and were even with the top-three crews at the 500-meter mark. Rollins kept contact with Florida until the 1000 line when UF made its move on the field. Tech kept charging at Rollins the rest of the way down the course, but Rollins finished a full boat length ahead.

Rollins produced some solid races and will next shift its focus on the Sunshine State Conference Championship and Dad Vail Regatta to close the season. The SSC Championship is slated for April 28 in Sarasota with the Dad Vail’s scheduled for May 12-13 in Philadelphia.