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All Boats Post Season-Best Times vs. Navy, St. Joseph’s
Second Varsity 8 comes 6.46 seconds short of first-place finish
  • Posted on April 20, 2014 9:36:25 AM
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  • PHILADELPHIA (April 20, 2014) – The Rutgers rowing team had all five of its boats record season-best times Saturday, April 19 on the Schuylkill River against St. Joseph’s and Navy. The squad’s First Varsity 4 and Second Varsity 8 posted the best finishes, each finishing second in their respective races.

    The 2V8, which clocked a time of 6:36.96 to finish under seven minutes for the first time this season, was narrowly edged against Navy by 6.46 seconds. The 2V4, meanwhile, trimmed more than 26 seconds off its previous best time set last week against URI (April 12). Despite the strong race, Navy finished on top in the run.



    “The overall performance of the team was solid,” said head coach Max Borghard. “We had a strong showing out of the Second Varsity 8, their strongest row of the season. They fought really hard racing against Navy and that was probably the closest margin we’ve had against Navy in several years.

    “The First Varsity 8 turned in a strong performance. They had a good battle early on against Navy then St. Joseph’s came up. The Varsity 8 was a little disappointed with today’s results but I know they will come back hard at practice next week.”

    The Scarlet Knights are back in action on the Raritan River on Sunday, April 27 against Holy Cross.


    First Varsity 8

    Junior Brighid Parke (Niantic, Conn.) (coxswain)

    Sophomore Bailey Irelan (Delaware, Ohio) (stroke)

    Senior Raelyn Loiselle (Tampa, Fla.) (7)

    Senior Stephanie Ford (Nutley, N.J.) (6)

    Senior Katie Bakaj (Longport, N.J.) (5)

    Sophomore Shannon Haines (Fairfax, Va.) (4)

    Senior Jennelle Scheffler (Basking Ridge, N.J.) (3)

    Freshman Langley Oudemans (Hammonton, N.J.) (2)

    Sophomore Veronica DeSalvo (Plymouth, Minn.) (bow)

    Time: 6:26.18

    Finish: Third


    First Varsity 4

    Freshman Josephine Roosli (Niantic, Conn.) (coxswain)

    Freshman Michelle Gao (Plainsboro, N.J.) (stroke)

    Freshman Jennifer Didun (Pennington, N.J.) (3)

    Freshman Miranda Kosimides (East Windsor, N.J.) (2)

    Junior Kathleen Dennis (Monroe Township, N.J.) (bow)

    Time: 7:07.82

    Finish: Second


    Second Varsity 8

    Sophomore Christina McGinnis (Ringwood, N.J.) (coxswain)

    Senior Ashley Cha (Fort Lee, N.J.) (stroke)

    Senior Gabriella Oliviera (Long Island City, N.Y.) (7)

    Senior Amanda Dothe (Linwood, N.J.) (6)

    Junior Melissa McCleery (South Amboy, N.J.) (5)

    Sophomore Sundoes Elbery (Montclair, N.J.) (4)

    Sophomore Caitlyn Lavery (Lawrenceville, N.J.) (3)

    Sophomore Emily Goodman (Princeton, N.J.) (2)

    Senior Andrea Samulewski (Colonia, N.J.) (bow)

    Time: 6:36.96

    Finish: Second


    Third Varsity/Novice 8

    Freshman Carly Huff (Paramus, N.J.) (coxswain)

    Freshman Rose McNulty (Belleville, N.J.) (stroke)

    Sophomore Jessi Costanzo (Clark, N.J.) (7)

    Freshman Alexandra Edenzon (Belle Mead, N.J.) (6)

    Sophomore Samaa Elbery (Montclair, N.J.) (5)

    Junior Lauryn Miners (San Diego, Calif.) (4)

    Junior Rahma Sabbahi (North Brunswick, N.J.) (3)

    Freshman Brianna Binkowski (Bridgewater, N.J.) (2)

    Freshman Kelley Stimmel (Wayne, N.J.) (bow)

    Time: 6:53.58

    Finish: Third


    Second Varsity 4

    Sophomore Christine DeSpirito (Middletown, N.J.) (coxswain)

    Junior Taylor James (Carlstadt, N.J.) (stroke)

    Junior Ivanne Ngo Bikai (Jersey City, N.J.) (3)

    Junior Sarah Brook (Layton, N.J.) (2)

    Freshman Bridget Yako (Haddonfield, N.J.) (bow)

    Time: 7:13.0

    Finish: Third (of four


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