WEST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. – The Merrimack College women’s rowing team capped off an outstanding weekend at the Knecht Cup in West Windsor Township, New Jersey, on Sunday, as the team finished in the top-three overall during the finals of two events.
Event: Knecht Cup
Location: Mercer Lake | West Windsor Township, N.J.
How It Happened
In the finals of the Women’s Club Four event, the Warriors’ looked to their experienced lineup of sophomore coxswain Jess Khoury (Bay Shore, N.Y.), senior captain and stroke Aubrey O’Neill (Pawcatuck, Conn.), senior third seat Lydia Staschke (Guilford, Conn.), sophomore second seat Tasha Wypych (Wellington, New Zealand) and junior Lauren Blazon (Lowell, Mass.) on the bow.
The group finished second overall out of six teams with a time of 7:41.32, as the mark trailed the No. 1 Barry University A team by only 3.14 seconds. Khoury, O’Neill, Staschke, Wypych and Blazon have competed together in seven consecutive events dating back to April 2015, as the group has totaled four second-place finishes and three first-place finishes over that time frame.
The Navy and Gold also competed in the petite finals of the Women’s Frosh/Novice Four event, as the team posted a third-place finish out of six teams with a time of 8:04.31. The Warriors’ boat was anchored by sophomore coxswain Hillary Farrell (Jefferson, Mass.), freshman stroke Emily Crowe (Ridgewood, N.J.), junior third seat Amy Wengefeld (Old Saybrook, Conn.), freshman second seat Rebecca Cleary (Milford, N.H.) and freshman Ashley Augulewicz (Beverly, Mass.) on the bow.
The group finished close behind the second-place Bowdoin College boat and the first-place Princeton University lightweight boat, as the Warriors trailed the two by 0.50 seconds and 2.49 seconds, respectively. The Navy and Gold finished significantly ahead of fourth place, as the Warriors cleared Duquesne University by 16.51 seconds.
Women’s Club Four Final Results
1. Barry A 7:38.18
2. Merrimack College 7:41.32
3. New Hampshire B 7:41.95
4. Florida Institute of Technology A 7:43.72
5. New Hampshire A 7:46.39
6. Lafayette 7:46.41
Women’s Frosh/Novice Four Petite Final Results
1. Princeton LWT 8:01.82
2. Bowdoin 8:03.81
3. Merrimack College 8:04.31
4. Duquesne 8:20.82
5. Temple 8:21.65
6. New Hampshire 8:25.34
The Warriors will compete in the UMass Lowell Invitational on Saturday in Lowell, Massachusetts.