The Canisius College rowing team saw its season come to a close on Saturday at the MAAC Championships.
The Griffs placed fifth in the Varsity Eight and Varsity Four, and finished sixth in the Second Varsity Eight en route to a fifth place overall finish.
"It was a great day of racing here at Mercer County,” said head coach Joel Furtek. “I couldn't be prouder of the mature races each of our boats raced today. In the end, all three slipped a place or two due to tactical challenges that we just couldn't meet. The record ice this winter - dodging floes just this week - cut into our ability to put all those pieces in place. Still, looking at our improvement over the past month and the complete commitment that our women made to the races today, I have more than enough content to overcome the racer's want for more.”
Jacksonville took the team championship with 45 points, Marist (37), Fairfield (35), Robert Morris (28), Canisius (27), Drake (21), Stetson (16) and Iona (7) rounded out the field.
“The fact that we were just one point out of fourth as a team is a bitter loss - but it speaks directly to the team nature of our sport,” Furtek said. “Any boat finishing just one place higher would have made it happen. Clear motivation for next year.”
The Canisius Varsity Four were the first to hit the water this morning, finishing its race in 8:30.34. The crew consisted of freshman Lauren Bielby and sophomores Nicole Littlejohn, Tiffany Velado and Jordan Szustak, as well as freshman coxswain Kaitlyn Taylor.
Marist was the top-qualifier out of the Varsity Fours with a time of 8:03.56.
The Varsity Eight of freshman Liz DelBarba, sophomores Corrine Kickel, Molly Murphy and Nora Kennon, seniors Meghan Martin, Liz McKinney, Bridget Laszewski and Allison Braun, and sophomore coxswain Jordan Bamrick also rowed to a fifth place finish on the day.
The Griffs completed the 2,000-meter course in 7:10.67. Jacksonville was the top-qualifier in the Varsity Eight, finishing the race in 6:52.30.
The Second Varsity Eight finished its race in 7:36.65, with Jacksonville also serving as the top-qualifier in that event.
The Second Varsity Eight was made up of freshmen Amber Giambone, Chanel Davis, Mikaela Braun and Erin Grim, sophomores Megan Walsh, Julia Sciandra and Ashley Tylenda, junior Liz Reinwald and sophomore coxswain Hannah Blum.
The fifth place finish signals an end to the season and the careers of four seniors, with Braun, Laszewski, Martin and McKinney all departing due to graduation. Canisius will return 20 members of this year’s roster for next season.
“Our four seniors have given us a great legacy for the rest of this young team: Canisius Rowing gets it done, gets better every day, and puts it all into great execution on the race course,” Furtek said. “We owe a great debt to Bridget, Meghan, Liz, and Allison!”
“Returning 19 freshmen and sophomores, anticipating the leadership of rising senior Liz Reinwald, and welcoming such a great incoming class, we can't wait to get started in next year. But first, a week of relaxed training, exams, and a great summer.”