Shore rowers qualify for nationals for 7th year in a row

Washington College's women have won their seventh straight Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference championship, and their ninth overall. From left, Emily Booth is holding the first-place second varsity eight trophy, Erika Reynolds is holding the MARC championship trophy and Olivia Robb is holding the first-place first varsity eight trophy.

LEWISBERRY, Pa. — Washington’s women captured their seventh straight Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference team title and the automatic bid to the NCAA Division III championship regatta that goes to the conference winner. They will head to nationals in Indianapolis over the final weekend in May.

Washington also was the MARC champion in 2009 and 2011, before starting its run of seven titles in a row in 2013.

At the conclusion of this year’s MARC regatta, which was held on Pinchot Lake in York County, Pa., on April 27, three Washington rowers garnered All-MARC recognition and seven qualified for the conference’s All-Academic Team.

Also, coach Kari Hughes was named conference coach of the year for the second time in her three years in Chestertown.

Washington totaled 69 points after winning the first and second varsity eight races, which are the only two scoring events.

In a hotly contested battle for second, Johnson and Wales edged Stockton, 59-58. St. Mary’s was fourth with 51 points.

There were 11 crews altogether.

Washington’s first varsity eight won its heat in 7 minutes, 57.75 seconds and the grand final in 7:46.42.

In the grand final, Franklin and Marshall was a distant runner-up in 7:58.42, followed by Johnson and Wales (8:11.76), Stockton (8:17.72), St. Mary’s (8:18.30) and Adrian (8:43.73).

The script was similar for the Shore ladies’ second varsity eight, which won its heat in 8:56.73 and the final in 7:55.73. Following Washington across the line in the final were Stockton (8:12.13), Johnson and Wales (8:18.11), St. Mary’s (8:24.39), Catholic (8:34.26) and Adrian.

Washington had two entries in the varsity four, a non-scoring event that was conducted as two time trials. Washington’s “A” boat finished seventh overall of 10 in a time of 9:35.99 and the “B” boat was 10th in 10:55.34.

Printed here are Washington’s boat lineups.

First varsity eight: Olivia Robb (coxswain), Agnes Anderson (stroke), Gabrielle Francis (seven), Erika Reynolds (six), Kelin McCloskey (five), Karis Marano (four), Emma Hogan (three), Leslie Collins (two) and Caroline Jackson (bow).

Second varsity eight: Emily Booth (coxswain), Annie Krysztofiak (stroke), Analiese Bush (seven), Breanna Lanphear (six), Kitri Post (five), Lizzie Bienert (four), M.B. Spargo (three), Tegan McBride (two) and Ana Gansz (bow).

Varsity four “A”: Diana Schwartz (coxswain), Emma Dodsworth (stroke), Julia Kuchnio (three), Emily Van Driel (two) and Amelia Berbach (bow).

Varsity four “B”: Erin Jesionowski (coxswain), Lexi Hegeman (stroke), Talia Seidman (three), Skyler Hancock (two) and Devin Valcich (bow).

At the conclusion of the regatta, Reynolds and Robb were named to the All-MARC varsity team, while Jackson was named to the All-Marc novice team. Reynolds repeats on the All-MARC varsity team. Robb was an All-MARC novice in 2017.

Anderson, Booth, Dodsworth, Marano, McCloskey, Robb and Seidman qualified for the conference’s All Academic Team, meeting criteria that include maintaining a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

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PHILADELPHIA — Washington’s women entered two events in the Dad Vail Regatta, May 10-11, as they prep for the NCAA Division III championships next weekend.

The Shore ladies’ second varsity eight finished second in the Division III varsity heavyweight eight, while their first varsity eight competed against crews from all three NCAA divisions in the open varsity heavyweight eight.

Washington’s second varsity eight stopped the timer in 6 minutes, 49.64 seconds. Vassar led the way in 6:43.84. Then came Stockton (6:51.53), Bryn Mawr (7:00.47). No. 13-ranked Coast Guard (7:03.21) and North Park (7:31.55). Vassar, Stockton, Bryn Mawr and North Park raced their first varsity eights.

Washington’s first varsity eight placed fifth in the third-level final of the open varsity heavyweight eight. Washington was 17th of 23 crews in the time trial and sixth in a semifinal racing against four Division I crews and Coast Guard’s first varsity eight.

Coast Guard won the third-level final in 6:32.83. Vermont, Saint Joseph’s and Army finished ahead of Washington (6:38.69). Vassar brought up the rear in 6:50.49.

Washington’s boat lineups are printed here.

First varsity eight: Robb (coxswain), Anderson (stroke), Francis (seven), Reynolds (six), Hogan (five), Lanphear (four), Marano (three), Collins (two) and McCloskey (bow).

Second varsity eight: Booth (coxswain), Jackson (stroke), Krysztofiak (seven), Bush (six), Dodsworth (five), Spargo (four), Kuchnio (three), Gansz (two) and Post (bow).

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