By Thomas Walter
The women’s rowing team again had dual-location meets this past weekend. The openweights traveled to the Griggs Reservoir in Ohio, participating in the Big Ten Duals. The lightweights traveled to the Cooper River in New Jersey, racing in the Knecht Cup. The openweights competed against some very stiff competition from Ohio State, Iowa and Louisville while the lightweights faced Buffalo and Wisconsin.
For most of the day on the Griggs Reservoir, the openweight Bison struggled to crack the top two. The varsity eight finished in third to Ohio State and Louisville in the morning session and then in the afternoon session finished third again to Louisville and Indiana.
The second varsity eight finished with the same morning results as the first varsity eight but managed to overcome Louisville in the afternoon session. The varsity four also finished in third behind Ohio State and Louisville in the morning, then finished in third again to Louisville and Indiana.
After finishing in second in the morning session, the second varsity four was determined to end the losing drought and beat Louisville by 13 seconds in the afternoon.
“In the afternoon, the second varsity four raced an entirely new lineup, one that hadn’t even practiced together before Saturday,” Laura Even ’14 said. “We were able to bring home Bucknell’s first win of the day, and that was a really great feeling.”
“I think that as a team we really showed that we can hold our own and manage to race our way even against some tough competition,” Even said.
The lightweight A team won their race Saturday at the Knecht Cup, while the B team finished in fourth. On Sunday, the A team finished eight seconds and five seconds behind Wisconsin’s A and C teams, respectively, to take third place.
The Bison will be back in action on Saturday on the Susquehanna River in their first and only home race of the year.