Rutgers earns 3 event wins in Princeton

The Rutgers rowing team took its latest national ranking down Route One this weekend and stroked its way to 3 out of 6 event wins at Princeton’s Lake Carnegie. 

Competing against conference foe No.12 Wisconsin, in-state rival No. 7 Princeton and Columbia, the Scarlet Knights finished in the bottom half of both Varsity 8 races. In the first Varsity 8, with senior Sarah Johanek in the stroke seat, Rutgers finished third, 6.6 seconds shy of the first place Tigers and 3.4 seconds shy of the Badgers for second place. 

In the second Varsity 8 with junior Grace Lewis in the stroke seat, the Knights finished in last place as the only team to go over the 7-minute mark. 

After a slow start in the two Varsity 8 events, Rutgers took its first top finish of the day in the Varsity 4 with senior Mackenzie George in the stroke seat with a time of 7:19.4. This was its best Varsity 4 time of the season. 

Two Knights boats claimed the top two finishes with a 7:48.2 time in the Varsity 4A at with junior Rebecca Barglowski in the stroke seat and a 7:52.2 time in the Varsity 4B race with senior Gabriella Conmy in stroke seat.  

Rutgers finished off the day with a first-place and third-place finish in the Novice 8 and second Novice 8 race. The Knights’ Novice A boat, with sophomore Olivia Ling in the stroke seat, finished with a time of 7:10.3 for a first-place finish. The B boat, led by sophomore Zoe Toner, finished in third with a 7:40.5 time. 

Princeton’s two top finishes in the Varsity 8 and second Varsity 8 races were enough to hold onto the Hewitt and Dauphiny Cup and maintain its reputation as the top women’s rowing program in New Jersey. 

Rutgers will finish the regular season with the Eastern Sprints on May 5 in Worcester, Massachusetts. 

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