LEWISBERRY, Pa. – Bryn Mawr College Rowing returned to the Gifford Pinchot State Park for the 11th annual Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) Championships on Saturday morning. Windy weather conditions made for tough races throughout the day however the Owls resiliently powered through. Bryn Mawr saw an 8th place finish for a total of 33 points in the team standings, placing just behind St. Mary's and Franklin & Marshall College. Washington College claimed its seventh consecutive conference title with 69 points.
Action for the Owls kicked off with the Varsity eight race. The V8+ boat raced out of heat two and finished in a time of 8:28.83. Strong winds threw the crew a curve ball however the time qualified the team for petite finals later that evening.
After taking a blow in the morning heats, the V8+ boat came back with a vengeance in their petite final. The crew of Samantha Van Cott, Lina Oppenheimer, Madison Barchas, Sophia McConnell, Maura Clancy, Aine Williams-Asplund, Aurielle Hampton, Rhian Muschett, and Samantha Forestier raced to a first place finish (PF) in a time of 7:43.28. In the race the Owls were able to edge out Catholic University, a team they had lost to twice earlier in the season.
In the V4+ event the crew placed third in their race, finishing in a time of 9:29.38. The boat was coaxed by Anushka Robinson and consisted of Ritvika Patodia, Jacqueline Fernandez, Sofia Bomse, and Allison Eckert. Due to the high winds during the day, the crews raced for best times for a final result rather than advancing to finals. Based on the times, the V4+ boat finished 6th out of 12 other competitors.
The crew will be back in action for their final regatta of the season in two weeks, and the Owls will be looking for more vengeance.
MARC award winners:
Anushka Robinson, Lina Oppenheimer, and Aine Williams-Asplund earned the 2018 MARC Academic All-Conference. To qualify, student-athletes must a) have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5, b) be in their second, third, or fourth year of eligibility, AND c) must have competed in 75% of the varsity competitions or competed in the MARC Championships.