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Rowing races three eight's in Lehigh Invitational on Saturday
Oct. 2, 2017

Bethlehem, Pa. – Saturday afternoon, the Villanova women’s rowing team traveled to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania for the Lehigh Invitational. The 3500-meter race was located at Lake Nockamixon, with 11 boats racing in the women’s event.

Villanova was able to field three eight’s, with the lineups as follows:

Villanova A

C Ellie Cayer

8 Eileen Gaffney

7 Hailey Hurteau

6 Morgan Mroz

5 Haley Gagnon

4 Maya Grimm

3 Molly Whalen

2 Bridget Ulrich

1 Sam Sandler




Villanova B

C: Chrissy Weidenhoft
8: Valerie Burke
7: Eryn McCassey
6: Deidre Pehnke
5: Mackenzie Bowden
4: Mary Wright
3: Sophia Haska
2: Julia Taladay
1: Amanda Miller


Villanova C

C Ashley Hock

8 Katie Donahue

7 Briggs Mroz

6 Rachel Lorge

5 Caroline Murphy

4 Lizzie Hagerty

3 Katie Bitler

2 Sierra Land

1 Kayla Rubin


The results are as follows:

Saint Joseph's "A" - 12:21.20
Villanova "A" - 12:27.27 

Jefferson "A" - 12:35.93
Lehigh "A" - 12:47.82

Villanova "B" - 12:50.52
Saint Joseph's "B" - 12:52.58
Lehigh "B" - 12:59.31
Jefferson "B" - 13:00.80

Saint Joseph's "C" - 13:07.00
Villanova "C" - 13:49.75
Lehigh "C" - 15:10.80


Head Coach Carissa Adams had this to say following the race, “This was a fun way to get multiple athletes racing early in the season. It was nice to go out and race against our local rivals. The conditions were tough at the start with a strong cross headwind, making aligning the crews difficult. Everyone maintained their composure and worked well together given the conditions. I was happy with our performance and feel excited for our next showing at the Head of the Charles.