PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr rowing team was back on the water earlier Saturday for the annual Kerr Cup Regatta, and the Owls went out and put together their strongest race of the season to claim the runner-up position in the DIII Varsity 8+ Grand Final.
Bryn Mawr's V8+ boat easily qualified for the grand final with a strong performance in their opening heat. The boat was coxed by Samantha Van Cott and consisted of Lina Oppenheimer, Madison Barchas, Sophia McConnell, Maura Clancy, Aine Williams-Asplund, Aurielle Hampton, Rhian Muschett, and Samantha Forestier. The team ultimately took second place in their qualifying heat, finishing in a time of 7:45.29. That was more than enough to qualify them for the afternoon final.
In that Grand Final late in the day, the Owls put together what head coach Carol Bower would call their "best race of the year!" On a very windy and choppy day on the water, many of the crews were being blown off of their starting points and becoming flustered, but Van Cott did a tremendous job of keeping her boat prepped and ready for the start. Once the race got underway, Bryn Mawr came off the line neck-and-neck with the boat from Franklin & Marshall. Those two crews kept things close the entire way, as the Owls and Diplomats pulled away from the rest of the field. Bryn Mawr stayed very aggressive and was able to hang with the F&M boat most of the way through the strong headwind and rough waters. Franklin & Marshall ultimately opened up a slight gap in the end to take the win, but Bryn Mawr outclassed the rest of the field from there, as the Owls finished almost 14 seconds ahead of their next-closest competitors. Ultimately, Bryn Mawr beat out teams from St. Mary's, Johnson and Wales, Carnegie Mellon, and Cabrini with a final time of 7:41.68.
The Owls' 2V8+ boat opened the morning in the first heat of the DIII Eight event, and that boat ultimately qualified for the petite final thanks to a time of 8:44.94. The 2V8 was coxed today by Anushka Robinson and included Sofia Bomse, Allison Eckert, Jacqueline Fernandez, Bailey Willhite, Ritvika Patodia, Amalia Cattrell, Yael Day, and Rania Hammami. That boat would go on to take third in the petite final, finishing just behind boats from Mary Washington and Johnson and Wales with a time of 8:51.68.
Today's results were the perfect way to wrap up the regular season and head into conference championships next weekend. Bryn Mawr will travel back to central Pennsylvania for the MARC Conference Championship Regatta next Saturday. Be sure to keep it locked in to GoBrynMawr.com for all your Bryn Mawr rowing updates next weekend!