PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr crew team had a historic day at the Kerr Cup Regatta earlier Saturday afternoon. The Owls had a hugely successful day all around, capped off by winning the DIII Varsity Eight event to close out the regatta.
Bryn Mawr started off the day with a great showing in the second heat of the DIII Varsity Four event. The Owls won their heat with a time of 8:38.46. That was almost ten seconds faster than the next-closest finisher and easily qualified them for the final in the afternoon.
That strong showing carried on to the DIII Varsity Eight event as well. The Owls eight, made up of Ji Yoon Ahn, Emily Spiegel, Jane Liu, Jill Li, Aurielle Hampton, Sophia McConnell, Samantha Forestier, and Eliza Wagner and coxed by Anna Ferlanti, won the first heat of the day, posting a time of 7:44.90. That beat out the second place finisher Johnson & Wales by almost six seconds, and it again easily advanced the Owls into the final.
The first final of the day for Bryn Mawr was the Varsity Four race, which saw the Owls taking on teams from Stockton, NY Maritime, Haverford, St. Mary's, and Johnson & Wales. Bryn Mawr put together another very strong race, but just barely missed out on a first place finish. It was Haverford who won the event, just barely edging out Bryn Mawr by less than five seconds to give the Owls a second place finish.
Bryn Mawr closed out the day with a thrilling DIII Varsity Eight final. Racing against teams from Washington College, Franklin & Marshall, NYU, St. Mary's, and Johnson & Wales, the Owls dominated the event. After a good start Bryn Mawr settled into a strong pace and were in third place behind F&M and Washington College. At the 500 meter mark, the crew pushed into second place behind the Diplomats. With a solid power ten at the 1000 meter mark, the Owls pushed into the 9 mph head wind and ahead of Franklin & Marshall. From there, Bryn Mawr increased its lead to an open water lead. The Owls ultimately held off all comers, winning the event by over eight seconds against the rival crew from F&M.
The Owls continue to impress this spring with their performances, and they'll look to keep the positive results going when they get back in action at the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference championship regatta in two weeks.