Women's rowing takes part in Kerr Cup

Women's rowing takes part in Kerr Cup

PHILADELPHIA, PA –  The Philadelphia University women's rowing team competed at the Kerr Cup on their home course, the Schuylkill River, this weekend.


Two first year rowers, Abby Ptasinski and Sarah Doelp, competed in the women's varsity pair. Coach Nancy Olewnik said, "the pair is one of the most challenging sweep boats to row. Both Abby and Sarah stepped up to the challenge."


The women's novice four had the fastest heat time, out of 11 boats, with a time of 8:26.32. The women executed the heat well. In the grand final, within in the first 300 meters, an oar locked popped. The boat went from leading the race to last with open water. The boat was stopped, the women fixed the oar locked and then chased down their competition. The novice four walked through Army B and NYU but finished two seconds behind Army A. Coach Chris O'Brien said, "it was exciting to watch the ​novice four hunt down the other boats. They showed toughness and overcame adversity. We look forward to racing these crews again next weekend at Bergen Cup and at the Dad Vail Championship."


The women's varsity four placed second in their heat and made the grand final. The crew ended up placing 6th place out of 25 boats with a time of 8:32.72.


The women's varsity eight competed against a tough field of division 1 crews. They placed 4th in the heat and advanced into the petite final. In the final, it was a close race from start to finish. They tied for 4th place with Army with a time of 7:23.16.


Philadelphia's next competition is the Bergen Cup, the city championship, on Saturday, April 29 on the Schuylkill River.

The Kerr Cup
April 15, 2017

Schuylkill River
2,000 meters

Women's Varsity Pair Final
1. Marist (8:55.80) 2. Loyola (9:39.02) 3. Lafayette (9:43.39) 4. Drexel (9:54.08) 5. Army (10:33.77) 6. Philadelphia (11:40.62)

Philadelphia U. Lineup
Abby Ptasinski
Sarah Doelp       

Women's Novice 4+ Heat 2
1. Philadelphia (8:26.32) 2. Temple (8:37.01) 3. Army "B" (8:45.39) 4. Robert Morris (9:04.90) 5. Villanova (9:07.59) 6. NY Maritime (Did Not Start)

Women's Novice 4+ Final
1. Lafayette (8:49.61) 2. Temple (9:04.68) 3. Army "A" (9:08.81) 4. Philadelphia (9:11.79) 5. Army "B" 6. NYU (11:10.88)

Philadelphia U. Lineup
Coxswain Madison OkersonBrooke ReidDelaney LynamJennifer PalaciosElizabeth Zolnierzak

Women's Varsity 4+ Heat 2
1. Duquense (8:09.27) 2. Philadelphia (8:12.38) 3. Villanova (8:17.17). 4. Richmond (8:18.65) 5. Robert Morris (9:04.16)

Women's Varsity 4+ Final
1. Lafayette (7:40.18) 2. Drexel (7:52.58) 3. Temple (7:56.88) 4. Duquense (8:23.45) 5. Army (8:27.68) 6. Philadelphia (8:32.72)

Philadelphia U. Lineup
Coxswain Avelina GarganoAhna HussAngelika TotaJenna YorkoMartina Saad    

Women's Varsity 8+ Heat 3
1. Fordham (7:19.53) 2. Duquense (7:22.84) 3. Washington College (7:22.87). 4. Philadelphia (7:53.62)

Women's Varsity 8+ Petite Final
1. Villanova (7:06.09) 2. Washington College (7:07.87) 3. Colgate (7:15.69) T4. Philadelphia (7:23.16) T4. Army (7:23.16) 6. Loyola (7:48.64)

Philadelphia U. Lineup
Coxswain Iva Machaqueiro, María Soledad González Romero, Michaela Strangia, Kelsey Fairley, Rachael Tobinus, Caitlin Powell, Sophia Thuente, Kaitlin Johnson, Braedyn Kistler