Rhode Island Places 21st at NCAA Championship

Photo Credit: Justin Casterline
Photo Credit: Justin Casterline

Final Standings
Complete Results


Indianapolis - Rhode Island finished its season by placing 21st after three days of competition at the 2019 NCAA Women's Rowing Championship in Eagle Creek Park Sunday.

The Rams were led by their Varsity 4+ boat of coxswain Tory Bauer, Tinsley Copeland, Morgan Cody, Stephanie Erlacher and Julia Fortin. The group officially finished 19th in its heat, marking the highest finish nationally by any boat in Rhode Island history.

In the V4+ C Final, Rhode Island led Northeastern at the 500 meter mark. However, Northeastern caught Rhody by the midpoint of the race and eventually pulled away.

Rhode Island's Varsity 8+ team of coxswain Karen Petrik, Erika Pena, Emily Winslow, Maddie Van Ummersen, Allie Reilly, Katie Shattuck, Jennae Alexander, Sage Iacovazzi and Katie Usher placed 21st in its flight. In D Final, the Rams got off to a slow start, trailing Gonzaga, Northeastern and Marist early.

Rhody was able to battle back and pass Marist, crossing the finish line three seats ahead of the Red Foxes. Rhody finished in 6:36.373, a little less than three seconds  behind second-place Northeastern (6:33.439). Gonzaga won the final handily in a time of 6:27.391.

In the Second Varsity 8+ D Final, Rhode Island got out of the gate fast, quickly establishing a hold on second place. Though UCF pulled ahead of the field, the URI team of coxswain Brenna Kelly, Mekenzie Mattheson, Madalyn Saporito, Sarah Dudinski, Kira McCully, Erin Shober, Kat Gillies, Anna Sampson and Kelsey Williams stayed steady and built nearly a boat length advantage over Gonzaga. This allowed the Rams to hold off a late surge by Gonzaga and secure 20th place in its flight.

2019 NCAA Championship
Final Team Standings
Washington - 132
Texas - 125
Michigan - 119
Stanford - 116
Ohio State - 105
California - 103
Princeton - 94
Yale - 83
Brown - 79
Virginia - 77
Rutgers - 70
Indiana - 65
Iowa - 63
Harvard - 53
Wisconsin - 52
Duke - 47
Navy - 40
UCF - 31
Northeastern - 26
Gonzaga - 18
Rhode Island - 16
Marist - 6

Rhode Island Sunday Results
Varsity 8+
D Final
19. Gonzaga - 6:27.391
20. Northeastern - 6:33.439
21. Rhode Island - 6:36.373
22. Marist - 6:37.368

Second Varsity 8+
D Final
19. UCF - 6:33.754
20. Rhode Island - 6:43.871
21. Gonzaga - 6:45.029
22. Marist - 6:59.099

Varsity 4+
C Final

14. Wisconsin - 7:09.694
15. UCF - 7:13.604
16. Iowa - 7:17.531
17. Navy - 7:21.023
18. Northeastern - 7:28.544
19. Rhode Island - 7:34.949

Rhode Island Lineups
Varsity 8+ (36-24)
Cox    Karen Petrik
Stroke Erika Pena
7 Seat Emily Winslow
6 Seat Maddie Van Ummersen
5 Seat Allie Reilly
4 Seat Katie Shattuck
3 Seat Jennae Alexander
2 Seat Sage Iacovazzi
Bow    Katie Usher

Second Varsity 8+ (27-33)
Cox     Brenna Kelly
Stroke Mekenzie Mattheson
7 Seat Madalyn Saporito
6 Seat Sarah Dudinski
5 Seat Kira McCully
4 Seat Erin Shober
3 Seat Kat Gillies
2 Seat Anna Sampson
Bow    Kelsey Williams

Varsity 4+ (36-25)
Cox     Tory Bauer
Stroke Tinsley Copeland
3 Seat Morgan Cody 
2 Seat Stephanie Erlacher
Bow     Julia Fortin