Florida Tech Rowing Set to Face Conference Rival Embry-Riddle in Repechage Races on Saturday

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Florida Tech women’s rowing finished day one of the 2021 NCAA National Championship with second-place finishes in both the V8 and V4. (Florida Tech image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Florida Tech women’s rowing finished day one of the 2021 NCAA National Championship with second-place finishes in both the V8 and V4.

The first boat that took the water for the Crimson & Gray was the V8 that consisted of Graysen Pensch (stroke), Simona Vileniskyte, Sydney Spicer, Hannah Schilcher, Maclain Zajicek, Liza Lutter, Ismini Noni, Anna Kayser Gallego (bow), and Abbigale Smith (coxswain).

They faced off against Mercyhurst and the Panthers opened the race strong as they held a slight advantage after the first 500 meters but the Lakers (6:48.675) put together a strong final 1500 that saw them cross the line 12 seconds before Tech (7:00.891).

Florida Tech’s final race of the afternoon was the V4 contest against the defending national champions, the University of Central Oklahoma.

The shell of Gabby Rodezno Wilson (stroke), Sophia Ferrizzi, Rebecca Miller, Julia Seibold (bow), and Nashaita Patrawalla (coxswain) put out a strong performance as they crossed the finish line in 8:11.013 but it was not enough as UCO recorded a time of 7:36.883.

Florida Tech now turns its sights to the repechage races where they meet conference foe, Embry-Riddle, in both the V8 and V4. These races start at 10:36 a.m. and 10:48 a.m. ET on Saturday at Nathan Benderson Park.

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