OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (April 20, 2019) – Rollins earned medals in the pairs race and Novice four to highlight a great showing at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Championship.
Going into Saturday's racing, the Tars already had placed two boats in the Grand Final with the Varsity 4 (Cameron Robinson, Elizabeth Berry, Allison Stewart, Grace Wamester, Samantha Talucci) needing to place in the top three in the semis to advance. The crew battled the entire field and beat in-state rival Barry by 0.3 seconds to give Rollins three entries in the afternoon's finals.
The women's pair of Samantha Bates and Nicole Vitt took to the water for the Tars' first grand final of the day. When the flag dropped, the women jumped to a solid second just behind Georgia Tech and ahead for Nova Southeastern. As the race wore on, this order held true through1700 meters. A late surge by NSU and some wavering in steering by Rollins had the Tars crossing the line third, just 3 seconds out of second and earning the bronze medal.
The Novice Women's 4 (Margaret Stewart, Alyssa Murphy, Britta Brown, Elsa Heisler, Natasha Kusibab) launched soon after to see what they could achieve in the field of 12 boats entered. Rollins and Liberty jumped off the line and had their bowballs slightly ahead of the field of six boats. After the boats settled, Liberty inched ahead and the race for second place was heated up. The difference between second and fifth place was too close to call from 500m in to 200m to go. After the sprint and the boats drifted to a halt, the official had awarded Rollins third place overall, just 0.7 seconds out of second place , 0.12 seconds ahead of fourth and three seconds ahead of Tampa in fifth.
The boat that started the day for Rollins was now back on the water to see what they could accomplish in the grand finals. Varsity 4 was strong off the line and put themselves in a battle for third with Florida Tech. The Tars put together a very consistent piece and stayed in contact with FIT for over half of the race. Barry and NSU made several pushes to get into Rollins water and the ladies countered each time. When all the bows were across the line, Rollins finished fourth behind 2 Kansas State boats and FIT while finishing two seconds ahead of Barry and four seconds ahead of Nova Southeastern.
Rollins will be back on the water racing this Friday, April 26 for the Sunshine State Championships in Sarasota, Florida. After that, the Tars will conclude their season at the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia (May 9-11) in the DII 4+, Novice 4+, JV4+ and pair.