Seahawk Women's Rowing Fourth at MARC Championships

Photo Credit: Bill Wood
Photo Credit: Bill Wood

For Immediate Release · By Justin Gordon · jpgordon@smcm.edu

Lewisberry, Pa. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland women's rowing team finished fourth at the 10th Annual Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference Championships at the Gifford Pinchot State Park on Saturday after overcoming a shell mishap on the way to the championships.

Second-year head Dan Hagelberg explained the team's mishap. "While traveling to the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference Championships in Lewisberry, Pa., on Friday, April 27, where the men's and women's varsity rowing teams would be competing, the trailer holding the shells was struck by a passing car. As a result of the accident, the newest shell – the Tuajuanda C. Jordan – was severely damaged and unable to be raced. Dedicated this fall, the shell is named for President Jordan and used by our women's varsity eight.

We are so grateful to the communities to which we are a part of, both showed such a willingness to step up and help us. The rowing community was quick to help as we received offers from some of our biggest rivals, Washington College and Franklin & Marshall College, both of them offering their JV shells, for our 8 to use. […] Back home, the St. Mary's College waterfront staff offered to help load another shell on the trailer if I could make the round trip again that night. It would have meant a late night for them, a night before hosting their own national-qualifying regatta.

We chose to use the shell offered by Washington College as it previously had won the women's varsity 8 event at MARC's so we were hoping it was good luck. While not our boat, it was a fine substitute but still the Jordan has meant so much to us all year the rowers decided to carry the piece of the boat with them that had broken off of the shell."

This is the second season the Seahawks have taken fourth at the MARC Championships. Unfortunately, thunderstorms shortened this year's championships on Pinchot Lake and the women's varsity eight finals were not completed so point totals were calculated based on heat times in that event.

How It Happened

  • The varsity eight claimed third in Heat 2 in 7:33.50 and owned the fourth-best time following completion of both heats, giving St. Mary's 15 points for its second straight fourth-place finish.
  • No. 13 Washington College grabbed the team title with the best overall heat time of 7:08.16 for 30 points. Johnson and Wales came in second with 23 points followed by Franklin & Marshall with 22.

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