SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2011
Women’s rowing places in Petite Final at Murphy Cup
The Dolphins faced stiff competition and ended up in uncharted territory as the Women’s Varsity 8 qualified for its first final in the prestigious Murphy Cup Regatta on Saturday on the Schuylkill River.

“The racing went well and they rowed very strong races,” said JU women’s head coach Kris Muhl. “It was a great opportunity to learn and grow as they had boats on either side of them for a good deal of the racing and were in it for all the races. The competition was a great measure to show us where we still need to go as a program. However, this was a significant step for JU rowing, marking the first final the Varsity 8+ has earned a place in since JU started coming to the Murphy Cup. We still have more work to do and speed to find this year with a little over a month to go before our final races. The hard work that has been put in is paying off, that is clear. The ladies are proud of their accomplishments, as they should be, but they also understand it is early in the season. But a job well done this weekend, that is without question.”

The Varsity 8 with coxswain Jamie Goldstein, Danielle Fournier, Emily Close, Whitney Mathews, Jill Carmody, Abby Sierigk, Allison Sobiech, Mary Mosier and Joanna Zachowski placed third in its initial heat with a time of 6:43.32 behind Navy (6:37.93) and George Mason (6:41.56) but ahead of Temple (6:45.88), Robert Morris (7:25.08) and Pittsburgh (7:32.17).

In the Petite Final, the squad placed third with a mark of 7:02.49 behind Colgate (6:58.11) and George Mason (6:58.34) but ahead of Delaware (7:05.87), Temple (7:07.25) and Marist (7:07.97).

Race results can be found at boathouserow.org.