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#11 Shorewomen Win Petite Final of Varsity Eight at Occoquan Sprints

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LORTON, VA -- The 11th-ranked Washington College women's rowing team won the petite final of the women's varsity eight today at the Occoquan Sprints in Lorton, VA. The Shorewomen had three total boats competing at the regatta.

The Shorewomen's varsity eight narrowly missed qualifying for the grand final, placing third of five boats in its heat in 5:49.24. Navy won the  heat in 5:41.60, while Bucknell's "B" boat was second in 5:48.42, less than one second ahead of Washington. North Carolina was fourth in 5:55.36, while Mary Washington was fifth in 6:35.32.

In the petite final, Washington won by almost five full seconds, finishing in 6:27.20. Duquesne was second in 6:32.18, North Carolina third in 6:33.71, George Mason fourth in 6:34.26, La Salle fifth in 6:38.88, and Delaware sixth in 6:40.60. 

Washington placed sixth of six boats in its heat of the junior varsity eight to land in the petite final, completing the course in 6:41.23. Drexel won the heat in 6:08.0, Grand Valley State was second in 6:12.31, Delaware third in 6:12.52, Duquesne fourth in 6:15.56, and La Salle fifth in 6:17.33.

In the petite final, the Shorewomen's junior varsity eight was fifth of six boats in 6:18.50. North Carolina won the race in 6:07.10, George Mason was second in 6:11.17, La Salle third in 6:12.15, Duquesne fourth in 6:16.81, and Mary Washington sixth in 7:23.43. 

The Shorewomen's novice four was second of four boats in its race in 6:54.50. Virginia won the heat in 6:37.90, Virginia Commonwealth was third in 7:46.59, and Mary Washington was fourth. 

Sophomore Christie Phebus (Trappe, MD/Easton) was the coxswain of the Shorewomen's varsity eight. Sophomore Kelly Bird (Galloway, NJ/Absegami) sat stroke, senior Rachel Benders (Cleveland Heights, OH/Beaumont School) was in the seven seat, senior Kate Fiori (Boston, MA/Dana Hall School) was in the six seat, sophomore Mickey Fili (Sparks, MD/Hereford) was in the five seat, sophomore Taira Sullivan(Stevensville, MD/Kent Island) sat in the four seat, junior Valeria DiLisi (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown) sat in the three seat, sophomore Ashley Myles (Chester Springs, PA/Owen J. Roberts) was in the two seat, and junior Ellie Hilton (Severna Park, MD/Severna Park) was the bow.

Junior Abigail Thomas (Hughesville, MD/Thomas Stone) was the coxswain of the Shorewomen's junior varsity eight. Sophomore Krystal Brostek(Galloway, NJ/Absegami) sat stroke, junior Emily Sahadeo (College Park, MD/Elizabeth Seton) was in the seven seat, freshman Leslie Rothstein(Lower Merion, PA/Lower Meion) was in the six seat, senior Lauren Halla (Haddonfield, NJ/Haddonfield Memorial) sat in the five seat, freshmanKayla Noll (Ocean City, NJ/Ocean City) was in the four seat, freshman Giavonella Knapp (Vineland, NJ/Our Lady of Mercy Academy) sat in the three seat, freshman Maggie Perry (Fort Collins, CO/Poudre) was in the two seat, and junior Allie Everhart (New Market, MD/Linganore) was the bow.

Freshman Jaclyn Gibbons (Hingham, MA/Hingham) was the coxswain of the Shorewomen's novice four. Freshman Kelly Dobroski (West Brandywine, PA/Coatesville Area) sat stroke, freshman Michaela Martino (Lebanon, NJ/North Hunterdon) was in the three seat, freshman Katie Washart (Seaville, NJ/Ocean City) sat in the two seat, and freshman Monica Benitez (Nutley, NJ/Nutley) was the bow.

The Shorewomen return to action next Saturday and Sunday at the Knecht Cup in Cherry Hill, NJ.

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