PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr crew team got their 2017 campaign off to a flying start earlier Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia. Racing in the Murphy Cup Regatta, an annual staple event for the Owls hosted by Temple University, Bryn Mawr took third place in the DII/DIII Varsity Eight event, the highest ever finish for Bryn Mawr in a season-opening regatta.
The Owls varsity boat on the day consisted of Ji Yoon Ahn, Emily Spiegel, Jane Liu, Jill Li, Aurielle Hampton, Sophia McConnell, Samantha Forestier, and Eliza Wagner and was coxed by Anna Ferlanti. That eight faced a good challenge in the opening race of the day, running in the first heat of the DII/DIII event. The Owls faced off against boats from Philadelphia University, Hamilton, Cabrini, and Franklin & Marshall in that first heat, needing a top-two finish to advance to the Grand Final. Despite some solid competition, Bryn Mawr made it look pretty easy by finishing in a virtual dead heat for the top spot in the heat. Their time of 7:04.45 was almost 24 seconds faster than the third-place team in the heat, putting the Owls' A boat into the Grand Final with no problem.
Bryn Mawr's second varsity boat also had a shot at getting into the Grand Final, racing in the second heat of the event. Although they missed out on qualifying for the main final, the B boat still managed to get into the Petite Final later in the afternoon with a time of 8:09 in that heat. That crew, made up of Emily Kate O'Brien, Anushka Robinson, Ellen Lee, Catherine Cameron, Ritvitka Potodia, Samantha Van Cott, Hannah Terz, and Lisa Hou, and coxed by Stephanie Montalvan, then went on to take fifth place in that Petite Final, improving on their qualifying time with a finish of 7:49.97.
The Owls closed out the day with the big finish, the Grand Final of the DII/DIII event. Racing in lane one, the Owls were able to put together a very strong race from start to finish, bettering their time from the morning by almost five seconds. That broke Bryn Mawr through the seven-minute mark, and was also good enough for third place and a bronze medal finish. The Owls came up just seconds shy of the boats from Washington College and Philly U.
With the team buzzing from today's tremendous start to the season, the Owls are certainly already ready to get back in the water and keep the positive vibes rolling. They'll get their next chance to do so on the weekend of April 8th-9th, when Bryn Mawr heads to the Knecht Cup Regatta, hosted by the Princeton National Rowing Association in West Windsor, New Jersey.