Varsity 8 Takes Fifth in 15-Boat Field at Cooper Sprints

Varsity 8 Takes Fifth in 15-Boat Field at Cooper Sprints

Race Results

KINGSTON, R.I.
– Rhode Island's Varsity 8+ boat opened the spring with a strong showing at the Cooper Sprints, placing fifth in the field of 15 boats Sunday.

Competing on the Cooper River in Cherry Hill, N.J., the Rams qualified for the Grand Final by placing second in its qualifying heat Sunday morning. With Karen Petrik as the coxswain, the team of Maddie Van Ummersen, Emily Winslow, Erika Pena, Allie Reilly, Katie Shattuck, Jennae Alexander, Sage Iacovazzi and Katie Usher had a time of 6:49.89 in the qualifying heat. Only Navy (6:44.33) was faster in Rhody's heat, and URI posted the fifth-fastest heat time overall.

That paved the way for Rhode Island to compete against Rutgers, No. 20 Duke, Navy, Southern Methodist and Clemson in the grand final. The Rams came through with a time of 6:48.24, just edging Clemson (6:48.99) for fifth place. Rutgers won the race in a time of 6:26.07.

Rhode Island reached the petite final in the Second Varsity 8+, Varsity 4 and Second Varsity 4 flights.

Rhode Island Results
Event 1 – Varsity 8
Heat 3
Navy – 6:44.33
Rhode Island – 6:49.89
Oklahoma – 6:53.26
Drexel – 7:04.10
Villanova – 7:22.30

Grand Final
Rutgers – 6:26.07
Duke – 6:30.78
Navy – 6:34.04
Southern Methodist – 6:40.54
Rhode Island – 6:48.24
Clemson – 6:48.99

Event 2 – Second Varsity 8
Heat 2

Oklahoma – 6:55.46
Navy – 7:04.83
Villanova – 7:05.24
Rhode Island – 7:08.34
Drexel – 7:10.50

Petite Final
North Carolina – 6:54.12
Drexel – 6:57.33
Kansas – 6:57.37
Navy – 6:57.74
Rhode Island – 7:07.48
Villanova – 7:07.60

Event 3 – Varsity Four
Heat 3

Southern Methodist – 7:53.93
Rhode Island – 7:58.75
Boston College – 8:02.59
Villanova – 8:17.00

Petite Final
Oklahoma – 7:41.41
Massachusetts – 7:48.95
Rhode Island – 7:50.64
Kansas – 7:53.18
Villanova – 7:54.68
Boston College – 7:57.04

Event 5 – Second Varsity 4
Heat 1
Drexel – 8:08.79
Kansas – 8:09.17
Massachusetts – 8:23.17
Rhode Island – 8:24.73
Oklahoma - scratch

Petite Final
Boston College – 8:07.96
Southern Methodist – 8:10.95
West Virginia – 8:27.32
Massachusetts – 8:31.26
Rhode Island – 8:33.14
Villanova – 8:46.01

Rhode Island Lineups
VARSITY 8+ (4-5)
Cox – Karen Petrik
Stroke – Maddie Van Ummersen
7 Seat – Emily Winslow
6 Seat – Erika Pena
5 Seat – Allie Reilly
4 Seat – Katie Shattuck
3 Seat – Jennae Alexander
2 Seat – Sage Iacovazzi
Bow – Katie Usher

SECOND VARSITY 8+ (2-7)
Cox – Brenna Kelly
Stroke – Mekenzie Mattheson
7 Seat – Madalyn Saporito
6 Seat – Sarah Dudinski
5 Seat – Kelsey Williams
4 Seat – Erin Shober
3 Seat – Hannah Faretra
2 Seat – Anna Sampson
Bow – Kira McCully

VARSITY 4+ (5-3)
Cox – Tory Bauer
Stroke – Tinsley Copeland
3 Seat – Julia Fortin
2 Seat – Josie Grady
Bow – Morgan Cody

VARSITY 4+B (1-7)
Cox – Olivia Bleier
Stroke – Stephanie Erlacher
3 Seat – Katie Bradley
2 Seat – Kat Gillies
Bow – Rachel Fabel