The Canisius College rowing team competed at the Knecht Cup on Saturday, with the Varsity Four placing 20th and both the Varsity Eight and Second Varsity Eight placing 23rd.
"I'm extremely proud of how our women raced today,” said head coach Joel Furtek. “Given this record winter - still only 3 days on the water dodging ice - we put together great races. While we all wanted better results, our eyes remain on Mercyhurst this week and the MAACs right back here in two weeks. Our women have been challenged more than any crew I've ever coached, and they keep coming back for more. I’m reminded of the Hillel quote, ‘I get up. I walk. I fall down. Meanwhile, I keep dancing.’ We can't wait for Monday’s practice!”
The Varsity Four of freshmen Jenni Vinci and Lauren Bielby and sophomores Nicole Littlejohn and Jordan Szustak, as well as freshman coxswain Kaitlyn Taylor were the first to hit the water on Saturday. The crew finished the event in 8:28.65. UMass took the win with a time of 7:40.31.
The Varsity Eight took 23rd of 26, finishing with a time of 7:17.62. The boat was made up 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 Jordan Bamrick. UMass would take the Varsity Eight as well with a time of 6:47.90.
The Second Varsity Eight closed out the regatta for the Griffs, racing to a 23rd place finish. The boat 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 Hannah Blum compled the course in 7:37.30. Wisconsin won the event in a time of 6:55.93.
With none of the Canisius boats advancing to day two, the Griffs will return to action on Friday, April 18. The Griffs will get the opportunity to host Mercyhurst on home water, hosting the event on the Black Rock Channel.