`Cats Finish Eighth at BIG EAST Rowing Championship
May 13, 2012
WEST WINDSOR, N.J. - The Villanova University women's rowing team concluded the 2012 spring season on Sunday with an eighth-place overall finish at the BIG EAST Championship on Mercer Lake in New Jersey. The squad accrued 30 points in the regatta to round out the final standings.
No. 15 Notre Dame registered 111 points to win their ninth straight BIG EAST Championship. The Irish recorded the victory in four out of the five point-scoring grand finals with Syracuse taking the Varsity Four title. Syracuse would go on to post 97 points for a second-place finish while Louisville earned the third spot with 87 points overall. Georgetown tallied 69 points to finish fourth and was followed by Connecticut in fifth (60), Rutgers in sixth (55) and West Virginia in seventh (54).
There were three Wildcat boats entered in the time trial events in the morning and each gathered the fourth position.
In heat two of the Varsity Eight time trial, VU rendered a time of 7:19.73 behind first-place Rutgers (6:38.57), second-place finisher West Virginia (6:41.44) and third-place Connecticut (7:14.05). The Second Varsity Eight time trial, in heat two, ended with Villanova in fourth (7:21.29), Rutgers in third (6:57.63), West Virginia in second (6:52.86) and Georgetown in first (6:49.46).
The Wildcats (7:53.76) neared the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers (7:50.83) in the time trial of the Varsity Four, although dropped off the pace by about three seconds to culminate another fourth-place showing. Connecticut (7:39.96) was successful in claiming the win down the stretch while West Virginia trailed ever so slightly with a time of 7:39.99.
Rutgers, in 6:54.52, would triumph in the Varsity Eight Petite Final as the team bested West Virginia (6:59.36) once again. Villanova (7:06.76) snagged the fourth spot while Connecticut (7:01.04) scored third-place honors. The victor in the Petite Final for the Second Varsity Eight was Georgetown in a time of 7:06.97. West Virginia (7:08.91) notched second, Rutgers (7:14.38) tabbed third and VU (7:23.71) took fourth.
The Varsity Four Petite Final title was awarded to Connecticut at a time of 7:55.40. Second-place West Virginia and third-place finisher Rutgers crossed the line with times of 7:58.21 and 8:03.50, respectively. Rounding out the competition in fourth was the `Cats (8:14.24).
Senior standout Kellie Kruppenbacher was selected to the First Team All-BIG EAST list, along with ten other rowers from the conference, after a productive campaign in 2011-12.
Final Team Standings: 1. Notre Dame, 111 points 2. Syracuse, 97 points 3. Louisville, 87 points 4. Georgetown, 69 points 5. Connecticut, 60 points 6. Rutgers, 55 points 7. West Virginia, 54 points 8. Villanova, 30 points
All-BIG EAST Second Team: Andriel Doolittle (Connecticut), Lindsey Bragg (Georgetown), Kayla Cook (Georgetown), Erin Bennett (Louisville), Morgan Dunham (Louisville), Erin Boxberger (Notre Dame), Courtney Gaberino (Notre Dame), Alish Sheehan (Notre Dame), Katie Quinn (Rutgers), Emma Karpowicz (Syracuse), Tiffany Macon (Syracuse)
All-BIG EAST First Team: Mary Grace Haggett (Connecticut), Sydney Leguyader (Georgetown), Ellen Fawcett (Louisville), Olivia Kacsits (Notre Dame), Morgan Kelly (Notre Dame), Stephanie, O'Neill (Notre Dame), Katherine Geithman (Rutgers), Maggie McCrudden (Syracuse), Alison Todd (Syracuse), Kellie Kruppenbacker (Villanova), Courtney Schrand (West Virginia)
Coaching Staff of the Year: Notre Dame
Complete Villanova Results:
Women's Varsity Eight (8:00 a.m.)
1) Notre Dame - 6:22.02
2) Syracuse - 6:27.33
3) Louisville - 6:28.96
4) Georgetown - 6:33.42
5) Rutgers - 6:38.57
6) West Virginia - 6:41.44
7) Connecticut - 7:14.05
8) Villanova - 7:19.73
Women's Second Varsity Eight (8:08 a.m.)
1) Notre Dame - 6:30.83
2) Louisville - 6:39.39
3) Syracuse - 6:40.58
4) Connecticut - 6:45.74
5) Georgetown - 6:49.46
6) West Virginia - 6:52.86
7) Rutgers - 6:57.63
8) Villanova - 7:21.29
Women's Varsity Four (8:16 a.m.)
1) Notre Dame - 7:14.00
2) Syracuse - 7:22.74
3) Louisville - 7:34.01
4) Georgetown - 7:34.05
5) Connecticut - 7:39.96
6) West Virginia - 7:39.99
7) Rutgers - 7:50.83
8) Villanova - 7:53.76
Women's Varsity Four (11:30 a.m.)
1) Connecticut - 7:55.40
2) West Virginia - 7:58.21
3) Rutgers - 8:03.50
4) Villanova - 8:14.24
Women's Second Varsity Eight (11:50 a.m.)
1) Georgetown - 7:06.97
2) West Virginia - 7:08.91
3) Rutgers - 7:14.38
4) Villanova - 7:23.71
Women's Varsity Eight (12:10 p.m.)
1) Rutgers - 6:54.52
2) West Virginia - 6:59.36
3) Connecticut - 7:01.04
4) Villanova - 7:06.76