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Women’s Crew Wins Third Straight Patriot League Title; Earns NCAA Championship Bid

May 12, 2017

CAMDEN COUNTY, N.J. – The Navy women’s rowing team earned its third consecutive Patriot League Championship with a dominant performance on Friday on the waters of the Cooper River. Racing in first varsity eight, second varsity eight and first varsity four competitions, the Mids breezed to victories with its lower two boats to build up a five-point lead before closing strong and finishing in second place in the first varsity eight race. At the completion of the championship, Navy was atop the podium with a 51-46 victory over Boston.

Following Navy and Boston in the standings were Georgetown with 36 points, Bucknell with 34, MIT with 33, and Lehigh and Holy Cross with 26 each. Colgate (11) and Loyola (7) rounded out the lineup of nine teams that raced on Friday.

“Today was another really good team effort,” remarked head coach Joe Schlosberg. “The varsity four got the finals going with a really solid win. The second eight followed that up with an incredibly dominant win. The V8 struggled through the middle 1,000 meters, but made a huge push late. Every point mattered and every member of the team both here and in Annapolis contributed to this win. This championship is a culmination of hours and hours of hard work by this entire program. Our depth really came through today.”

After a sweep of qualifying heat races in the morning the day’s championship action started at 12 p.m. with the first varsity four grand final. The crew of Aria Dang, Giovanna DeVito, Rayelynn Brackett, Olivia Czerewko and coxswain Lauren Schrock led wire-to-wire on its way to a 14.087-second victory over Georgetown at 8:13.650 to 8:27.737. The V4 win earned Navy nine points in the overall team standings.



(The victorious varsity four)

The Mids made it two-for-two with an even more impressive 15.313-second margin of victory in the second varsity eight competition. Navy was seeded second overall in the grand final after Bucknell clocked in less than a second faster in the morning its respective heat one victory; Navy won heat number two. In the championship round, the Mids turned in a 7:25.964 result, well ahead of the Bison, who finished the course at 7:41.277. Navy’s 2V8 crew consisted of Miranda Kosmides, Mady Malczynski, McKenna Niemer, Madison Vachris, Heidi Zisselman, Clare McCarthy, Isabelle Babb, Annie Laurie Gibson and coxswain Marissa Amodeo. This victory spotted the Mids 18 team points and ran the program’s cumulative total up to 27, five ahead of Bucknell.

(The 2V8 in the winner's circle)

In the first varsity eight race, Boston University took the lead early and didn’t look back as the Terriers aimed to make up an eight-point deficit.  Navy made sure that its lead in the overall standings wouldn’t be challenged by Boston as the crew of Julia Arthur, Emily Cecchini, Megan Hanson, Grace Lawrence, Maeve Broeg, Ashlyn Dawson, Victoria Meyer, Julia Bailey and coxswain Molly McAleer kept its boat in the top-three for the majority of the race before surging late to overtake MIT for second place. Boston clocked in at 7:11.966, while Navy was less than three seconds back at 7:14.650. The Mids’ margin over the MIT Engineers (7:14.824) was .174 seconds.

As a result of their league title, the Mids’ season will continue in two weeks at the 2017 NCAA Division I Rowing Championships. The national meet will be held in West Windsor, N.J. at Lake Mercer on May 26-28.

“I’m extremely pleased for this group of firsties,” said Schlosberg. “It’s going to be hard moving forward without them, but that’s what we must do.

“Now it’s time to find more speed and see what we can do at the NCAAs. We can’t wait for that challenge and the experience that comes with it!"

The league championship is the fifth in program history as Navy has won in 2005, 2013, 2015 and 2016 prior to Friday.


Varsity 4
Grand Final

Navy – 8:13.650
Georgetown – 8:27.737
Boston U. – 8:30.432
Bucknell – 8:44.326
Lehigh – 9:06.733
MIT – 9:11.549

Second Varsity 8
Grand Final

Navy – 7:25.964
Bucknell – 7:41.277
Holy Cross – 7:43.467
Boston U. – 7:44.108
Georgetown – 7:45.921
MIT – 8:02.146

Varsity 8
Grand Final

Boston U. – 7:11.966
Navy – 7:14.650
MIT – 7:14.824
Georgetown – 7:24.996
Lehigh – 7:31.560
Bucknell – 7:37.722

Team Standings

Navy – 51 points
Boston U. – 46
Georgetown – 36
Bucknell – 34
MIT – 33
Lehigh – 26
Holy Cross - 26
Colgate – 11
Loyola - 7

Boat Lineups

Varsity 8
Cox: Molly McAleer, Stroke: Julia Bailey, 7: Victoria Meyer, 6: Ashlyn Dawson, 5: Maeve Broeg, 4: Grace Lawrence, 3: Megan Hanson, 2: Emily Cecchini, Bow: Julia Arthur  

Second Varsity 8
Cox: Marissa Amodeo, Stroke: Annie Laurie Gibson, 7: Isabelle Babb, 6: Clare McCarthy, 5: Heidi Zisselman, 4: Madison Vachris, 3: McKenna Niemer, 2: Mady Malczynski, Bow: Miranda Kosmides 

Varsity 4
Cox: Lauren Schrock, Stroke: Olivia Czerewko 3: Rayelynn Brackett, 2: Giovanna DeVito, Bow: Aria Dang

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