April 26, 2009

 

Courtesy of Bucknell

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (Cooper River) – The Bucknell women’s rowing team won its fourth consecutive Patriot League title Sunday morning on the Cooper River. The Bison swept the varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four races as it piled up a record-tying 30 team points. Navy was second with 24 points as it was the runner-up finisher in each of the three championship races. Bison head coach Stephen Kish was awarded his third Patriot League Coach of the Year honor, while the varsity eight was named Boat of the Year for the fourth straight year.

 

Last year Bucknell tied with Navy in the team scores, but earned the title based on winning the varsity eight race. This season the Bison won both the varsity four and second varsity eight and needed to only finish ahead of the Mids in the varsity eight to claim the trophy. Bucknell ended up winning the varsity eight for the fourth consecutive year, beating out Navy by more than four seconds.

 

Bucknell’s senior class – Gillian Carter, Caitlin Doolin, Kelly Henkler, Whittney Henry, Page Kannor and Jeweliet Yost – completed their Patriot League careers with four championship trophies.

 

“This was the ultimate scholar-athlete experience,” said Kannor, who was a member of the varsity eight in each of the Bison’s four Patriot League titles. “The whole team was honored to represent Bucknell this weekend.”

 

While the Bison, who were picked first in the preseason poll, have won the varsity eight at the Patriot League Championship each of the last four years, the varsity four and second varsity eight got back on the winning side of things Sunday morning. The second varsity eight beat out Navy by nearly four seconds, while the varsity four finished 2.78 seconds faster than the Mids.

 

Scoring for the events is done in a 5-4-3-2-1 order for the varsity four, 10-8-6-4-2 for the second varsity eight and 15-12-9-6-3 for the varsity eight.

 

Holy Cross (16 points) finished third for the second straight year, and third time in the five years the championship has been contested, while Colgate and Lehigh tied for fourth with nine points apiece.  

 

In addition to the three championship races, there were novice eight and second novice eight events contested that did not factor into the team scoring. Bucknell won both of those events with Navy coming in second in each.

 

The Patriot League title for women’s rowing marks the first for a Bucknell team during the 2008-09 academic year. However, three more championships will be contested on Sunday that the Bison are still in contention to win. Bucknell’s men’s lacrosse and women’s tennis teams are in the finals of their respective tournaments Sunday afternoon with both being contested in Lewisburg. Additionally, the men’s golf squad enters Sunday’s final round of its championship at West Point, N.Y., in third place, just four shots off the lead.

 

Even though the Patriot League Championship has been completed, the Bison women’s rowing team is just starting the championship portion of its schedule. Bucknell will be in action this coming Saturday, May 2, when it travels back to the Cooper River for the Northeast Regional Championship.

 

Team Scores

1. Bucknell - 30

2. Navy – 24

3. Holy Cross – 16

4. Colgate – 9

5. Lehigh - 9

 

CHAMPIONSHIP SCORED RACES

Varsity Eight Results (Points)

1. Bucknell – 6:46.06 (15)

2. Navy – 6:50.21 (12)

3. Holy Cross – 7:04.55 (9)

4. Colgate – 7:10.04 (6)

5. Lehigh – 7:24.39 (3)

 

Second Varsity Eight Results

1. Bucknell – 6:57.07 (10)

2. Navy – 7:01.97 (8)

3. Holy Cross – 7:18.89 (6)

4. Lehigh – 7:29.35 (4)

 

Varsity Four Results

1. Bucknell – 7:45.4 (5)

2. Navy – 7:48.18 (4)

3. Colgate – 8:05.86 (3)

4. Lehigh – 8:21.68 (2)

5. Holy Cross – 8:37.59 (1)

 

NON-CHAMPIONSHIP SCORED RACES

Novice Eight Results

1. Bucknell – 7:04.01

2. Navy – 7:14.23

3. Holy Cross – 7:57.13

 

Second Novice Eight Results

1. Bucknell – 7:26.02

2. Navy – 7:42.69