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Rowing Sweeps Final Home Competition Against Holy Cross
RU wins all four races, V4B finishes second ahead of Crusaders
  • Posted on April 29, 2014 9:35:42 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 29, 2014) – The Rutgers rowing team swept the competition in its final race this season on the Raritan River on Sunday April 27, defeating Holy Cross in the First, Second and Third Varsity 8 races and taking first and second place in the Varsity 4 event.


    The race was the last competition on the Raritan River for seniors Katie Bakaj (Longport, N.J.), Ashley Cha (Fort Lee, N.J.), Amanda Dothe (Linwood, N.J.), Stephanie Ford (Nutley, N.J.), Avigayil Lieber (Cherry Hill, N.J.), Realyn Louiselle (Tampa, Fla.), Gabrielle Oliviera (Long Island City, N.Y.), Andrea Samuelewski (Colonia, N.J.), Jenelle Scheffler (Basking Ridge,N.J.), and Emilia Topp (Vienna, Va.). Following the race, the group of seniors christened the pair/doubles boats the “Busch,” the “Livingston,” the “Cook/Douglass” and the “College Avenue” outside the Class of 1914 Boathouse.

    The wins for the 1V8 and 2V8, which clocked times of 6:50.2 and 7:05.5, respectively, were both firsts this season. The V4A boat picked up its third win of the spring with a time of 7:41.5, while the V4B earned its highest finish in three races with a second place run.

    Rutgers makes the short trip to Cherry Hill, N.J., next weekend on Sunday, May 4, to take part in the Eastern Sprints, the squad’s final tune-up before the American Athletic Conference Championships, set for Sunday, May 18 in West Windsor, N.J.


    First Varsity 8

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

    Sophomore Bailey Irelan (Delaware, Ohio) (stroke)

    Senior Katie Bakaj (Longport, N.J.) (7)

    Sophomore Emily Goodman (Princeton, N.J.) (6)

    Senior Raelyn Loiselle (Tampa, Fla.) (5)

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

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

    Senior Stephanie Ford (Nutley, N.J.) (2)

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

    Time: 6:50.2

    Finish: First


    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: 7:41.5

    Finish: First


    Second Varsity 8

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

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

    Junior Melissa McCleery (South Amboy, N.J.) (7)

    Freshman Langley Oudemans (Hammonton, N.J.) (6)

    Senior Gabriella Oliviera (Long Island City, N.Y.) (5)

    Senior Amanda Dothe (Linwood, N.J.) (4)

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

    Sophomore Sundoes Elbery (Montclair, N.J.) (2)

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

    Time: 7:05.5

    Finish: First


    Third Varsity/Novice 8

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

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

    Junior Lauryn Miners (San Diego, Calif.) (7)

    Sophomore Samaa Elbery (Montclair, N.J.) (6)

    Junior Rahma Sabbahi (North Brunswick, N.J.) (5)

    Freshman Brianna Binkowski (Bridgewater, N.J.) (4)

    Freshman Alexandra Edenzon (Belle Mead, N.J.) (3)

    Junior Veronica Leach (Bowie, Md.) (2)

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

    Time: 7:23.1

    Finish: First


    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: 8:15.3

    Finish: Second (of three boats)

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