October 7, 2022

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Navy Concludes Season at Patriot League Championship

CHERRY HILL, N.J. – The Navy women’s rowing team finished its 2022 season with a third-place result at the Patriot League Championship on Friday. Racing three boats in the league championship, the Mids collected one win and one runners-up outcome amongst the nine-team field. Navy’s first varsity four crew led the way on Friday on the Cooper River as it controlled its event and collected the victory. As a program, Navy finished third in the team standings behind Boston University and Bucknell.
 
The six-time defending champions, Navy nearly captured its seventh straight win, but came up four points short. Boston University won the team title with 50 points, while Bucknell was second with 48. The Mids rounded out the top-three with a total of 46 points. The trio of Georgetown, Lehigh and MIT were closely packed in fourth, fifth and sixth with respectively totals of 31, 29 and 28 points before Colgate (16), Holy Cross (13) and Loyola (8) earned the seventh, eighth and ninth-place finishing positions.
 
“Congratulations to BU on a great championship,” remarked head coach Joe Schlosberg. “We raced and fought as hard as we could today and it just wasn’t enough. All of our boats did a phenomenal job, highlighted by the win of our varsity four. While not the results that we wanted, we’re extremely proud of the team and their effort today and throughout the year.”
 
The varsity four crew of Caroline Coleman (Sr., Arnold, Md.), Katie Roland (So., Fairfield, Conn.), Stephanie Read (Sr., Lake Forest, Ill.), Phoebe Haller (Jr,. Asheville, N.C.) and coxswain Mariella Vergara (Fr., Long Beach, Calif.) was the first team on the waters of the Cooper River in Grand Final action. After posting a preliminary time of 8:25.732 in the morning heat race, the V4 squad came out in the afternoon and shaved nearly 14 seconds off of its time and captured a 2.896-second victory over Boston University with an 8:11.846 to 8:14.742 final margin. Bucknell, who went stroke-for-stroke with Navy early crossed the finish line in third place at 8:16.739.
 
Standing first with nine points from that initial final, the Mids looked to expand their lead in the second Grand Final of the afternoon, the second varsity eight. Seeded second after winning its respective heat in the morning with a time of 7:25.207, over 14 seconds faster than runner-up Bucknell, Navy ran into a fast-starting Boston University team that broke open to a six-plus-seat lead by the midway point of the 2,000-meter Grand Final race. The crews from BU and Navy pulled away from the field down the stretch and the Terriers finished 2.859 seconds ahead of the Mids, 7:06.624 to 7:09.483. Bucknell was over 13 seconds back in third at 7:20.554. Navy’s 2V8 on Friday consisted of Sofia Ferguson (Jr., Edmond, Okla.), Amelia Snyder (Fr., Montclair, N.J.), Kelly Fields (Fr., Westminster, Md.), Ellie Dabney (Jr., Greenwich, Conn.), Noelle de Vente (Fr., Greenville, N.C.), Brigid Welch (So., Greenville, Ind.), Hanna Prince (Sr., Buffalo, N.Y.), Skylar Lodice (Sr., Littleton, Colo.) and coxswain Elle Perozzi (So., Tiburon, Calif.).
 
With the top of the standings closely packed with Boston University leading Navy, 26-25 and Bucknell just four points back of the Mids in third with 21 points, the first varsity eight competition would ultimately decide the league champion. The Terriers darted ahead to an early lead over the first 60 seconds of action with the Mids and Bison right behind in second and third place, respectively. Moving towards the halfway mark of the contest, Boston and Bucknell were nearly even with Navy fighting to hold onto the eighth seat of Boston. A slowly-built effort by the Bison helped them bolt ahead of the pack over the final 500 meters with clear water in-between them and the Terriers. A valiant closing push by the Mids drew them closer to the Terriers, but not enough to overtake them. At the finish line, Bucknell was the champion of the varsity eight race with a time of 6:49.813, over seven seconds head of Boston and Navy, who went back-to-back in second and third with respective times of 6:57.150 and 6:59.210. Lizzie Jendrysik (Fr., Sarasota, Fla.), Dani Baldwin (So., Lake Elmo, Minn.), Millie Oldham (Jr., Nashville, Tenn.), Brooke Campbell (Sr., Los Alamitos, Calif.), Sophie Shelbourne (Jr., Charleston, S.C.), Lauren Day (So., Seattle, Wash.), Sarah Zanzuri (So., Miami, Fla.), Sky Schork (Sr., Villanova, Pa.) and coxswain Polly Finch (Sr., San Mateo, Calif.) made up Navy’s V8 lineup at the championship.
 
At the conclusion of the action, Boston University earned the overall team title with 50 points over the three events. Bucknell and Navy were separated by just two points in the standings, 48 to 46. With that victory, the Terriers will earn the automatic berth into the 2022 NCAA Championship in Sarasota, Florida, the weekend of May 27-29.
  
Results
First Varsity 8
Second of 5 in Heat 1 – 7:07.110 (-4.541 seconds behind BU)
Grand Final
Bucknell – 6:49.813
Boston U. – 6:57.150
Navy – 6:59.210
Lehigh – 7:04.686
Georgetown – 7:10.123
MIT – 7:15.940
 
Second Varsity 8
First of 4 in Heat 2 – 7:25.207 (+14.504 seconds)
Grand Final
Boston U. – 7:06.624
Navy – 7:09.483
Bucknell – 7:20.554
MIT – 7:23.449
Georgetown – 7:45.563
Colgate – 7:54.599

First Varsity 4

First of 5 in Heat 1 – 8:25.732 (+2.597 seconds)

Grand Final

Navy – 8:11.846

Boston U. – 8:14.742

Bucknell – 8:16.739

Georgetown – 8:22.746

Lehigh – 8:37.146

MIT – 8:52.329

 

Team Standings

Boston Univ. – 50

Bucknell – 48

Navy – 46

Georgetown – 31

Lehigh – 29

MIT – 28

Colgate – 16

Holy Cross – 13

Loyola – 8

Boat Lineups