Florida Tech Rowing Wins Third Straight Conference Championship, Dad Vail Regatta Next Up
By Space Coast Daily // April 26, 2019
8th title in program history
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – For the third year in a row, and an SSC record eighth time in program history, the Florida Tech women’s rowing team has won the SSC Championship.
The world-class facility at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota served as the host for a dominating performance by the Crimson & Gray as they won all three races on the day.
Due to an impending storm hitting the area in late morning, the finals were moved up to an earlier time slot giving the Varsity 4 the first crack at a championship.
Despite Rollins getting off to a fast start, the Panthers boat of Sydney Spicer (bow), Julia Seibold, Allyson McCarron, Emily Hall and Nashaita Patrawalla (coxswain) eventually surpassed the Tars and the rest of the competition. Tech cruised the rest of the way and won the SSC’s V4 crown in a time of 7:37.3, almost three seconds ahead of second-place Nova Southeastern (7:40.0).
The V8’s then took the water for their championship final, and it was not even close. Florida Tech’s vessel of Graysen Pensch(bow), Liza Lutter, Irina Djurovic, Anna Kayser Gallego, Theresa Gadilhe, Svetlana Ristin, Federica Pala, Natalia Arasa Bonavila and Taylor Stoni(coxswain) blitzed the other boats and won their third straight conference title in commanding fashion.
Florida Tech defended its Varsity 8 championship with a time of 6:35.0, more than 11 seconds faster than Barry, who ended at 6:46.3.
The final race of the day featured a V4 exhibition between Tech, Nova Southeastern and Embry-Riddle. The Panthers boat of Rebecca Red (bow), Glynnis Killen, Leigh-Riane Amsterdam, Rebecca Miller and Hana Malia Ito (coxswain) took that matchup as well, again in a rout, winning with a time of 7:59.9. They finished over 23 seconds before runner-up NSU (8:23.3).
With another SSC Championship under the belt, Florida Tech will now prepare for next week’s Dad Vail Regatta on May 10-11 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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