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`Cats Face Competition in the Murphy Cup Regatta
Villanova participated in the 30th Memorial Murphy Cup Regatta on Saturday

March 26, 2012

Complete Results

PENNSAUKEN, N.J. - The Villanova women's rowing team raced on the Cooper River this past Saturday in the 30th Memorial Murphy Cup Regatta in New Jersey. There were numerous entries in what was calculated as the largest Murphy Cup on record with 30 or more teams participating. This made it tough for the squad, as there were no boats that advanced into the finals, despite the hard work put forth by the entire team.

In the first heat of the day for Villanova, the Novice Eight boat rowed in strong fashion. The Wildcats crossed the line at 8:35.07 to receive the third spot, which was less than a second off the second-place finisher in SUNY Buffalo (8:34.55). Delaware was able to culminate the victory, while VU defeated Vassar (9:29.94) and Temple (10:07.50) in the competition by a significant margin.

As for the Varsity Four category, the `Cats edged George Mason in the heat to earn fifth-place, out of the six teams that entered, with the time of 9:41.86. Posting the win was Colgate in a time of 9:16.15. Delaware (9:23.17) and Drexel (9:29.37) finished in second and third, respectively. Marist collected fourth-place honors by registering a time of 9:39.71 to narrowly beat VU.

The final entry for the Wildcats was placed in the Varsity Eight competition. Villanova bested one school again, as the team tallied a fifth-place finish (8:47.13). Pittsburgh rounded out the six competitors at a time of 9:01.91. University of Massachusetts triumphed with a time of 8:25.23, while George Mason finished second (8:27.38), Colgate earned third (8:33.37) and Drexel secured the fourth spot in a time of 8:41.50.

Temple University hosted the famed sprint event that was held on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, Pa. last year.

Next weekend Villanova will travel to San Diego, Calif., as the team will take on competition in the San Diego Crew Classic on Saturday, March, 31st.

Complete Villanova Results:

Women's Novice Eight



1) Delaware "A" - 8:29.68

2) SUNY Buffalo "A" - 8:34.55

3) Villanova - 8:35.07

4) Vassar - 9:29.94

5) Temple "B" - 10:07.50

Women's Varsity Four

1) Colgate - 9:16.15

2) Delaware - 9:23.17

3) Drexel "B" - 9:29.37

4) Marist - 9:39.71

5) Villanova - 9:41.86

6) George Mason - 9:45.91

Women's Varsity Eight

1) UMass - 8:25.23

2) George Mason - 8:27.38

3) Colgate - 8:33.37

4) Drexel - 8:41.50

5) Villanova - 8:47.13

6) Pittsburgh - 9:01.91