Rams Win V8+ Title at 15-Team Cherry Hill Invitational

Photo Credit: Shelagh Donohoe
Photo Credit: Shelagh Donohoe

Complete Results

CHERRY HILL, N.J.
- All four Rhode Island boats reached the Grand Final of their respective flights, and the Varsity 8+ crew was victorious for the Rams at the 15-team Cherry Hill Invitational Saturday.

In another dominant performance, the V8+ team of coxswain Karen Petrik, Erika Pena, Emily Winslow, Maddie Van Ummersen, Allie Reilly, Sage Iacovazzi, Jennae Alexander, Katie Shattuck and Katie Usher won both the final and its qualifying heat. In the final, Rhode Island's time of 6:51.26 was 4.76 seconds faster than Columbia.

Rhode Island's Second Varsity 8+ team of coxswain Brenna Kelly, Sarah Dudinski, Madalyn Saporito, Mekenzie Mattheson, Kira McCully, Erin Shober, Kat Gillies, Tinsley Copeland and Kelsey Williams took fourth place in its flight. The Rams had a time of 7:16.59, coming in little more than two seconds after Connecticut.

In the Varsity 4+ A field, Rhody turned in a second-place finish. The crew of coxswain Tory Bauer, Anna Sampson, Morgan Cody, Josephine Grady and Julia Fortin had a time of 8:10.34, just off the winning pace of 8:14.62 put in by Bucknell.

The Varsity 4+ B team of coxswain Olivia Bleier, Stephanie Erlacher, Hannah Faretra, Katherine Bradley and Emory Caswell took third place in its flight. The Rams had a time of 8:30.71. Bucknell won the race in 8:14.62, followed by Connecticut (8:23.55).

Rhode Island closes out the regular season next week when it travels to the Charles River to take on Boston College in the Resolute Cup.

Rhode Island Results
Varsity 8
Grand Final
Rhode Island - 6:51.26
Columbia - 6:56.02
Georgetown - 6:51.26
Bucknell - 7:04.58
Marist - 7:07.22
MIT - 7:17.17

Heat 2
Rhode Island - 6:54.86
MIT - 7:06.41
George Washington - 7:09.37
Fordham - 7:20.12
Saint Joseph's - 7:25.77

Second Varsity 8
Grand Final
Columbia - 7:05.98
Columbia 3V8 - 7:10.37
Connecticut - 7:14.30
Rhode Island - 7:16.59
Bucknell - 7:24.52
Jacksonville - 7:39.04

Heat 2
Columbia 3V8 - 7:07.14
Rhode Island - 7:22.89
Jacksonville - 7:24.62
Marist - 7:28.06
MIT - 7:48.93

Varsity Four A
Grand Final
Bucknell - 8:14.62
Rhode Island - 8:10.34
George Washington - 8:16.71
Jacksonville - 8:21.57
Georgetown - 8:32.24
Saint Joseph's - 8:44.26

Heat 1
Bucknell - 8:17.83
Rhode Island - 8:22.20
Jacksonville - 8:29.79
Lehigh - 8:45.11
Delaware - 8:51.23

Varsity 4 B
Grand Final
Bucknell - 8:14.62
Connecticut - 8:23.55
Rhode Island - 8:30.71
Jacksonville - 8:40.25
Connecticut 3V4 - 8:47.16
Old Dominion - 8:51.61

Heat 1
Connecticut - 8:55.17
Rhode Island - 9:04.91
Jacksonville - 9:12.23

Rhode Island Lineups
Varsity 8+ (20-11)
Cox     Karen Petrik
Stroke Erika Pena
7 Seat Emily Winslow
6 Seat Maddie Van Ummersen
5 Seat Allie Reilly
4 Seat Sage Iacovazzi
3 Seat Jennae Alexander
2 Seat Katie Shattuck
Bow    Katie Usher

Second Varsity 8+ (11-20)
Cox     Brenna Kelly
Stroke Sarah Dudinski
7 Seat Madalyn Saporito
6 Seat Mekenzie Mattheson
5 Seat Kira McCully
4 Seat Erin Shober
3 Seat Kat Gillies
2 Seat Tinsley Copeland
Bow    Kelsey Williams

VARSITY 4+A (18-11)
Cox     Tory Bauer
Stroke Anna Sampson
3 Seat Morgan Cody
2 Seat Josephine Grady
Bow    Julia Fortin

VARSITY 4+B (6-17)
Cox     Olivia Bleier
Stroke Stephanie Erlacher
3 Seat Hannah Faretra
2 Seat Katherine Bradley
Bow    Emory Caswell