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PHILADELPHIA -- Barry's Varsity 8 won the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta Division II Varsity Heavyweight Final race and the Varsity 4 took second in an impressive fashion on Saturday.

The Bucs' V8 of coxswain Grace Horwitz, stroke Kristina Boncheva, Anna Boada, Rosita Boncheva, Monika Kaminska, Beth Desmond, Anais Foppoli, Emma Howard and bow Kelly Harrison won its event final in 6:44.192. Barry finished ahead of Nova Southeastern (6:47.896), UC-San Diego (6:57.430), Grand Valley State (7:01.578), Mercyhurst (7:05.272) and Philadelphia (7:25.946).

Barry and Nova remained neck-and-neck through the first 700 meters, both distancing themselves a little from the remaining four boats. Nova's V8 pushed hard around a slight turn nearing the midway point on the water before the Bucs made a charge through the last 1,000 meters to win a close race.

"Our 8 really responded with poise and power and we were able to push ahead," Barry coach Dave Sanderson said. "It was a really strong, gutsy performance from the 8. It was a courageous row from the 8, and they came out with the win."

The Bucs' V4 of cox Angela Dasch, stroke Kasia Walentynowicz, Mandy Carper, Helene Pierre and bow Rebekah Kilroy advanced to the final with a second-place finish in the DII/III semifinal. Barry finished in 7:49.727 behind Bowdoin's 7:43.183. Florida State 40 was third in 7:54.875 and Nova fourth in 7:54.903.

After roughly a three-hour delay in the V4 final, the Bucs' V4 put together another impressive piece, finishing second behind Bowdoin. Barry crossed the line in 7:39.521, while Bowdoin won it in 7:33.581. RIT was third in 7:42.639.

"They did a fantastic job with that race," Sanderson said. "They did it with a lot of poise in the semifinal. They put an even better piece together in the final. They rowed a smart, mature race. When they got to the moment when the race was really starting to happen, halfway through the race, they made a really strong move in the second 1,000 to move from a third to a strong second place.

"Bowdoin also rowed a great race. It's a great feeling for them to finish in a great placement in the race and they did it with a fantastic row."

Barry will compete in the NCAA DII National Championships in Indianapolis.

"It was a great weekend for Barry rowing," Sanderson said. "I couldn't be more proud of this team right now, and we're looking forward to the next three weekends of training before nationals."