Photo Finishes Highlight Day Two at GW Invitational

Photo Finishes Highlight Day Two at GW Invitational

Complete Results

KINGSTON, R.I.
– A pair of photo finishes made for an exciting day for Rhode Island at the George Washington Invitational Saturday.

Rhode Island's Second Varsity 8+ boat capped off an undefeated weekend by beating Drexel. In the Varsity 8 race, it was Drexel holding on at the end for the win over the Rams.

Racing on the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., the team of coxswain Lucy Moyes, Courtney Harrington, Maddie Van Ummersen, Kelsey Williams, Lauren Smith, Madalyn Saporito, Sage Iacovazzi, Jennae Alexander and Brooke McMahon edged Drexel by 0.2 seconds at the line to claim victory. George Washington was just 3.2 seconds off the pace, making for an exciting three-way race.  

It was equally exciting in the Varsity 8+ race, where Rhode Island's boat of coxswain Karen Petrik, Emily Winslow, Katie Shattuck, Kiana Anderson, Mekenzie Mattheson, Allie Reilly, Meghan EllisKatie Usher and Erika Pena posted a time of 6:22.10. That time was just 0.5 seconds behind Drexel's winning time of 6:21.60. Rhody managed to hold off third-place George Washington by more than five seconds, as the Colonials had a time of 6:27.70.

Drexel also held off Rhode Island in the Varsity 4+A race. With a time of 6:51.20, Drexel kept the Ram contingent of coxswain Tory Bauer, Stephanie Erlacher, Sarah Dudinski, Kira McCully and Erin Shober at bay. Rhody finished with a time of 6:58.00, which gave it a 12.6 second advantage over third-place George Washington.

For the second straight day, Rhode Island's Varsity 4+B team came out victorious. The lineup of of coxswain Brenna Kelly, Chandler Fisher, Hannah Faretra, Brooke Vergona and Caroline Eastus beat Georgetown by nearly 10 seconds in a head-to-head race. Rhody had a time of 7:16.90 while Georgetown finished in 7:26.70.

Rhode Island will return to the water Saturday for Day Two of the George Washington Invitational. The flights will be changed a bit. In the V8, 2V8 and V4 races, Rhode Island will go against Drexel and George Washington. In the V4B, it will be Rhode Island against Georgetown.

Saturday Results
Varsity 8
Drexel – 6:21.60
Rhode Island – 6:22.10
George Washington – 6:27.70

Second Varsity 8
Rhode Island – NT

Drexel – + 0.20 seconds
George Washington – + 3.20

Varsity 4A
Drexel – 6:51.20
Rhode Island – 6:58.00

George Washington – 7:10.60

Varsity 4B
Rhode Island – 7:16.90

Georgetown –7:26.70

Rhode Island Lineups
VARSITY 8+ (12-9)
Cox – Karen Petrik
Stroke – Emily Winslow
7 Seat – Katie Shattuck
6 Seat – Kiana Anderson
5 Seat – Mekenzie Mattheson
4 Seat – Allie Reilly
3 Seat – Meghan Ellis
2 Seat – Katie Usher
Bow – Erika Pena

SECOND VARSITY 8+ (15-6)
Cox – Lucy Moyes
Stroke – Courtney Harrington
7 Seat – Maddie Van Ummersen
6 Seat – Kelsey Williams
5 Seat – Lauren Smith
4 Seat – Madalyn Saporito
3 Seat – Sage Iacovazzi
2 Seat – Jennae Alexander
Bow – Brooke McMahon

VARSITY 4+ A (7-12)
Cox – Tory Bauer
Stroke – Stephanie Erlacher
3 Seat – Sarah Dudinski
2 Seat – Kira McCully
Bow – Erin Shober

Varsity 4+ B (7-6)
Cox – Brenna Kelly
Stroke – Chandler Fisher
3 Seat – Hannah Faretra
2 Seat – Brooke Vergona
Bow – Caroline Eastus