Rowing debuts season

Noor Kaur, Staff Writer

This past weekend, Bucknell Rowing opened its season at the Doc Hosea Invitational at Cooper River against schools including Penn, Syracuse, Villanova and Northeastern. 

The Varsity Eight, composed of Juliette Gaggini ’24 as the coxswain, Hayden Groves ‘25 (8), Maddie Wickers ’23 (7), Caroline Brandt ’23 (6), Kona Glenn ’25 (5), Alina Kelly ’25 (4), Abby Gerst ’24 (3), Abby Malek ’24 (2) and Haley Beardsley ’24 (1), earned fourth place with a 6:55.50 time. 

The 2V8+ and 3V8+ also finished fourth with times of 7:04.79 and 7:38.74, respectively. Annabelle Kaeli ’24 (8), Georgia Lambrakis ’23 (7), Logan Moore ’26 (6), Bella Guzman ’26 (5), Caroline Corbett ’26 (4), Jordyn Weber ’26 (3), Elizabeth Berlinger ’23 (2) and Millie Malloy ’23 (1) worked together on the 2V8 with Ava Rysman ’23 as the coxswain. 

Making up the 3V8 is Katie Lash ’26 (coxswain), Abbey Nay ’26 (8), Morgan Brill ’26 (7), Maeve O’Keefe ’26 (6), Rebekah Lando ’26 (5), Colby Bernhard ’26 (4), Nicole Salantay ’26 (3), Naomi Malone ’25 (2) and Sierra Jordan ’26 (1).

On the Fours side, the 1V4+ finished fourth with a 8:02.68 time, while the 2V4+ earned third place with a time of 8:13.11. 

Coxswain Molly Garrahy ’24 competed in the V4 along with Amanda Pennett ’24 (4), Chloe Segal ’23 (3), Gaby Wakim ’23 (2) and Kira Capaldi ’25 (1). 

Zoe Frank ’26 (coxswain), Cecilia Dial ’26 (4), Victoria Miller-Tuchon ’26 (3), Cleo Ray ’26 (2) and Dehlia Rotchford ’24 (1). 

“Bucknell’s Women’s Rowing has been an amazing freshman experience,” said Nora Finlay ’26. “The team has put in a tremendous amount of work in winter training at Clemson and spring break training here on campus. The leadership of Coach Kish, Coach Harris and Coach Updegraff  has the team in great shape. The team’s camaraderie is in a fantastic place, which will help add value and speed to every boat. I look forward to seeing what our team’s season holds because it’s going to be a great season!”

The rowing team will compete in five more races before heading to the Patriot League Championships in May. Next Saturday, they look to compete at the Saint Joseph’s Invitational on Overpeck Creek.

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