Varsity four shell finishes first at Jim Schabb Regatta

By Mike Pesarchick

Copy Editor

Canisius’ women’s rowing team was back in action Saturday, competing in the annual Jim Schabb Regatta on Tonawanda Creek in Tonawanda. Fourteen clubs competed in the regatta.

The Griffs had some of their best finishes of the season as a varsity four shell, crewed by Gianna Ortolani, Andrea Kraft, Anezka Krobot, Bridget Brogan and Sara Ruszczyk, took first place in both the first heat and the finals, placing in front of the University at Buffalo and SUNY Oswego.

Official race times were unavailable; the race had been moved from Buffalo’s Black Rock Canal to Tonawanda Creek due to ice buildup.

Later, Misa Gamble, Max McGuire, Sydney Bichsel, Brooke Stanley, Tara Federow, Shannon Pritzker, Jessica Fabian, Emma Vicaretti and Alexandra Heinz placed second in their varsity eight heat, placing in front of Oswego, but did not qualify for the finals.

The second Canisius varsity eight shell, commanded by Grace Horner, Mackenzie App, Bridget Lillis, Cat Gallagher, Audrey Rieman, Madeline Kurka, Patricia Beaulieu, Michelle Turner and Melissa Frank did advance to the finals, finishing behind a pair of Rochester Institute of Technology’s shells.

Canisius hosts the Black Rock Cup this Sunday at the West Side Rowing Club.

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