Women’s crew takes three top finishes at the Liberty League Championship

SARATOGA, NY- The Ithaca College women’s crew team traveled back to Saratoga Springs on Friday to compete in the Liberty League Championship Regatta. The race served as an NCAA qualifier for the Liberty League Conference for rowing. The women had four entries, including the women’s first and second varsity eights, as well as two entries in the women’s varsity four category.

The first race of the day for the Bombers was the Women’s Collegiate Varsity 8 Heat. The cast consisted of Michelle Hyland, Allison Arndt, Dania Bogdanovic, Laura Coach, Taylor Volmrich, Izzy Ozkurt, Madelyn Farber, Devi of Oliveiraand Eliza Worth. The Bombers faced teams from Skidmore, William Smith, University of Rochester, RIT, St. Lawrence, Union and St. John Fisher.

The 1V finished first with a finish time of 6:54.06, defeating William Smith, who finished the course in 7:12.28. Ithaca secured a place in the finals later in the day.

In the final, the lineup took gold with a final time of 7:00.03.

Next up for the Bombers was the second women’s varsity eight. The Bombers 2V introduced Carlie Wohlfahrt, Karley Whalen, Erika Elcsisin, Emma Hammel, Brenna Hanratty, Erin Trojan, GlenHartleyEddie McRoberts and Emily Lichthof. The 2V took first place ahead of the University of Rochester with a finish time of 7:09.04 compared to U of R’s 7:26.82 finish.

The next event for IC was the women’s varsity four. The Bombers took on Skidmore, Union and the University of Rochester. The Bombers competed in two lineups at this event. The first consisted of Holly Rybnik, Melanie Belmont, Kelsey Lavan, Katrina Pohlmanand Emma Anderson. The second lineup included Emmy Repetti, GraceCollinsLauren Heitsman, Chloe Croftand Paige Pimental.

The top four for IC finished the course in 8:08.02 in first place and the second four took third place with a finish time of 8:25.29.

Overall, it was a strong day of racing for the Bombers. The winning crews secured three first places and earned spots at the NCAA Division III Rowing Championship in Sarasota, Florida. The Bombers will travel home to face off against Hamilton College on Saturday as the team will also honor its seniors after the race.

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