Southern Oregon University’s Novice Women’s 4+ team won a silver medal at the American Collegiate Rowing Association National Championships at Lake Lanier in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday.
Competing in the 22-team novice division as a first-year program, the Raiders’ 4+ team — sophomore Sarita Cronyn-Lloyd, freshman Kenna Tyler, junior Erika Detrick, freshman Cassidy Wheat and sophomore coxswain Coleen Wheeler — finished about seven seconds behind national champion New Hampshire and just ahead of bronze medalist William & Mary and fourth-place Penn State.
New Hampshire completed the race in 8 minutes, 7.142 seconds, while Southern Oregon crossed the finish line in 8:14.246 and William & Mary in 8:14.373. Penn State, Marquette, Florida, Texas and Vermont rounded out the top eight in the novice division, reserved for first-year programs.
Southern Oregon, which brought 14 rowers to Lake Lanier, also fielded a Novice Women’s 8+ team, which won its “B” final — beating out University of California-Santa Barbara, University of Florida and DePaul University — and was ranked ninth in the final standings.
The Raiders 8+ team finished the “B” final in 8:15.599. UCSB’s “B” team placed 10th in 8:20.209 and Florida placed 11th in 8:20.209. UCSB’s “A” team won the event in 7:26.080, while Gerogia took the silver in 7:27.384 and UC Davis the bronze in 7:38.675.
Making up Southern Oregon’s 8+ team were: junior Kaila Grieve, sophomore Monica Magdaleno, sophomore Sheila Danies, sophomore Katie Duffie, freshman Olivia Bozarth, junior Emma Norman, sophomore Brynne Webb, junior Cassidy Danko and sophomore coxswain Hannah Harville.
The Raiders are coached by Rogue Rowing executive director and head coach Rick Brown, John Gutrich, Nathan Ostovar and Tommy McNamara.
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