April 13, 2008
Collingswood, N.J. - Fordham's women's varsity eight rowed three tough races over two days at the Knecht Cup Regatta on the Cooper River, taking fifth place in the petite final and eleventh overall among the 24 Division-I crews entered.
All of the crews in Fordham's heat advanced to the semi-finals, with the Rams taking third place behind URI and Wisconsin (lightweight), and ahead of Marist, Temple and Villanova.
In the semi-finals late on Saturday afternoon, with a diminished tail wind, Fordham rowed a strong race, as URI led the Badgers by a length, with Fordham another length back, for a spot in the petite final, joined by Marist. Temple and Villanova had to settle for the third-level final.
In Sunday's petite, a freshened tailwind and some rough water helped produce a highly competitive race. The top five crews finished within an 8-second span, as Colgate crossed the line first in 6:52, a length ahead of Drexel (6:55.7), with Holy Cross a few seats back (6:57.5). Marist and Fordham were charging at the finish, and the Red Foxes (6:59.6) edged the Rams (7:00.3) by less than a second.
The second varsity rowed its strongest race in the petite final on Sunday, taking second place in 7:11, just 3.3 seconds behind a strong Holy Cross boat, with UConn a length farther back, and Marist, Colgate and Rochester stringing out behind. This placed Fordham eighth overall in a field of 18 crews. The second varsity reached the petite through the last race of the day on Saturday, finishing fourth, behind URI, Wisconsin and Tulsa. The Rams held off UConn by 1.5 seconds.
The second varsity started the regatta by finishing second in their heat, which was won easily by UMass, with the Rams finishing ahead of UConn, Colgate, Delaware and Sacred Heart.
The women's novice eight, rowing its second race of the year, placed sixth in the heat and did not advance.
Next week, the Fordham women will return to the Cooper River to compete in the Atlantic 10 championships on Saturday, April 19.