The Canisius College rowing team got its first taste of MAAC competition at the Sacred Heart Invitational on Saturday. In the first of a two-day event, the Griffs squared off with league foes Fairfield and Iona.
The Canisius Varsity Eight and Second Varsity Eight each placed fourth in their respective races, while the Varsity Four finished eighth.
"We've had challenge stacked upon challenge so far this season, and today was no different,” said head coach Joel Furtek. “We rose, but not high enough. I look forward to tomorrow and a chance for improvement. We all do."
The Varsity Eight of freshman Liz DelBarba, sophomores Corrine Kickel, Julia Sciandra and Nora Kennon, seniors Meghan Martin, Liz McKinney, Bridget Laszewski and Allison Braun, and sophomore coxswain Hannah Blum, finished the course in 7:56.09, 20.19 seconds behind leader Fordham.
Fairfield finished second (7:41.75) and Robert Morris third (7:44.85). Canisius topped Iona (fifth) and Sacred Heart (sixth) to round out the Varsity Eight field.
The Second Varsity Eight completed the course in 8:23.30. The crew was comprised of freshmen Amber Giambone, Chanel Davis, Mikaela Braun and Erin Grim, sophomores Megan Walsh, Molly Murphy and Ashley Tylenda, junior Liz Reinwald and sophomore coxswain Jordan Bamrick.
Fordham again took the Second Varsity Eight, with Fairfield placing boats in second and fifth and Robert Morris took third.
The Varsity Four of freshmen Jenni Vinci and Lauren Bielby, sophomores Tiffany Velado and Jordan Szustak, and freshman coxswain Kaitlyn Taylor rounded out the Griffs’ racing for the day in an eighth place finish (10:38.70).
Sacred Heart took first (9:02.20), preventing Fordham of the sweep. The Rams were able to place boats in second and third however, with Robert Morris (sixth) and Iona (seventh) rounding out the field in front of Canisius.
The Griffs will get back to the water at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow with the Varsity Eight getting the first strokes of the day.