Barry's Varsity 4 boat wins repechage to advance to Grand Final Race
INDIANAPOLIS -- Barry’s Varsity 4 won the NCAA championships repechage race against Mercyhurst on Saturday at Eagle Creek Park to advance to Sunday’s Grand Final.
In light rain and windy conditions, the Bucs' Varsity 4 of coxswain Angela Dasch, stroke Kasia Walentynowicz, Mandy Carper, Helene Pierre and bow Rebekah Kilroy beat Mercyhurst by nearly 23 seconds. The Buccaneers finished in 9:04.823. Mercyhurst crossed the finish line in 9:27.474.
“Obviously, we’re pleased with the result,” Bucs coach Dave Sanderson said. “I thought our athletes responded well from a bit of adversity in [Friday]’s race. They came in having learned a few lessons from [Friday]’s race and really focused on the task at hand for [Saturday]’s race.”
Barry advanced to Sunday’s Grand Final with Nova Southeastern and Western Washington. The Bucs' Varsity 8 also races in Sunday’s Grand Final with Western Washington, Nova and UC San Diego.
National champions will be crowned in each race and as a team.
“They took advantage of their second chance [Saturday] and they made it count,” Sanderson said. “They got themselves in the Grand Final, which is where we thought they could be.
“[Sunday]’s a new day.”