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Honoring the 20 Year Anniversary of 1998 Women’s Rowing National Championship
Jan. 9, 2018

This year marks the 20-year anniversary of the 1998 Villanova Women’s Rowing Lightweight 8 IRA national championship. Members of the team and coaching staff were honored at halftime of the men’s basketball game against Marquette on January 6th. Villanova entered the 1998 national championship race on the Cooper River in Camden, New Jersey ranked third in the country. They beat Princeton and Radcliffe en route to the championship, finishing six-tenths of a second ahead of Radcliffe and 4.3 seconds ahead of Princeton with a winning time of 6:45.0. The 1998 season marks one of the best in program history, as the Wildcats captured medals at three different races and earned the Overall Points Trophy at the prestigious Dad Vail Regatta.

In attendance at last week’s recognition from the 1998 championship team were:

Class of 1999 – Kristin Bubnis

Class of 1998 – Kate Douglass

Class of 2000 – Carole Martell

Class of 2001 – Maureen McCurry

Class of 1998 – Jessica Merriam

Class of 2001 – Hannah Moore

Class of 2001 – Kelly O’Brien

Class of 1999 – Meghan Sarbanis

Class of 2001 – Lindsay Walters

Assistant Coach and Current Villanova Women’s Rowing Head Coach - Carissa Adams

Assistant Coach – John Heiss

And Head Coach – Jack St. Clair

 “As a young assistant coach, I was very lucky to have experienced this win and to see firsthand how a championship team is developed,” current Villanova Head Coach Carissa Adams said. “I remember the race very well. It still makes me smile thinking about the finish and how the culmination of months of hard work came together in one final second. It was a huge privilege to be able to honor the 1998 Women’s Lightweight National Championship team and their Head Coach Jack St. Clair this past weekend. They truly are an amazing group of strong women athletes.”