WEST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. (April 10, 2017) – Rollins women’s Novice 4 and Varsity 8 both advanced to the Grand Finals against stiff competition at the Knecht Cup in West Windsor Township, New Jersey over the weekend.
The boats from Winter Park battled very difficult conditions with high winds and chilly temperatures that pushed most of the racing to Sunday. As a result, many of the Tars rowers competed in four races in a short four-hour window.
Rollins Novice 4 ended the weekend by finishing fourth of 27 total crews in the event. The boat of Rhiannan Holland, Samantha Talucci, Nicole Vitt, Grace Wamester and Emma Batlle finished third in its heat, just behind UMass and Boston College, but its fast time earned a spot in the semifinals on Sunday. They were right with Colgate the length of the course and pulled away from Lafayette at the end to finish second and transfer into the Grand Final. Up against some of the nation’s top boats, the Tars held their own, taking fourth place in a time of 8:26.48. Boston College won in 8:01.46 while Holy Cross was second and SMU third. Rollins beat New Hampshire, Lafayette and Temple in the race.
The Varsity 8 of Talucci, Isabella Sandoval, Morgan Colley, Elise Marquette, Elizabeth Berry, Holland, Wamester, Isabella Seddon and Sarah Ankli (cox) also had a busy but very successful weekend of racing. The boat had to wait until Sunday to get on the water due to weather delaying Saturday’s events. Once underway, the Tars boat earned a third-place finish in the heats, posting a time of 7:16.82. Sunshine State Conference foe Barry won while Mercyhurst was second. The Tars B boat of Alisha Koti, Victoria Jones, Nikita Wallace, Evelyn Villarreal, Danni Temple, Victoria Scott, Sufia Ahmed, Alex Khan and Batlle was fifth in the heat in a time of 7:41.04.
In the Grand Final, the Tars posted a seventh-place finish in 7:20.12. Florida Tech won the race while Barry and Mercyhurst rounded out the top-three.
The Tars Novice 8 of Kelly Farrell, Charlotte Kaye, Rachel Wasserman, Erin Snyder, Vitt, Ashley Kinsley, Alyssa Rabade, Cameron Robinson and Batlle placed fifth in its heat with a time of 8:04.64.
The crews will next have a short week before traveling to the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Championships in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The Tars Varsity 8, Varsity 4 and Novice 8 will go up against the region’s best April 13-15 on Melton Lake.