Lightweights Finish Fourth at Eastern Sprints

Lightweights Finish Fourth at Eastern Sprints


WORCESTER - The No. 2 Boston University women's lightweight rowing team competed at the 44th annual Eastern Sprints Championship on Sunday.
The Terriers finished fourth in the varsity eight grand final and third in the second varsity grand final. Earlier in the day, the varsity four boat finished third in the V4 grand final. Overall, BU placed fourth in team points with 16 behind Ulbrich Trophy winner Wisconsin (38), Harvard (35) and Princeton (17) while Harvard won gold in the varsity eight race.

Location: Lake Quinsigamond - Worcester, Mass
Results: EAWRC

  • In the varsity eight grand final, the BU V8 boat fell behind Harvard and Wisconsin early and battled Princeton for third. The 1V, coxed by Taylor Alix and stroked by Janice Hagerman, could not catch Princeton over the final 500 meters and finished fourth with a time of 6:47.61. Harvard won gold with a time of 6:43.42, while Wisconsin won silver (6:46.67) and Princeton won bronze (6:46.77).  
  • The second varsity eight boat, coxed by Elizabeth Wu and stroked by Mariah Ippolito, finished third in the lightweight second varsity grand final. Wisconsin got out to a big lead early and never looked back, finishing with a time of 6:53.56 with Harvard finishing second (6:58.89) and BU coming in third (7:03.29).
  • Earlier in the day, the BU lightweight varsity four finished third in its grand final race. Coxed by Rishika Gupta and stroked by Olivia Osbourn, BU finished with a time of 7:59.57, behind race-winner Wisconsin (7:36.84) and second-place Georgetown (7:55.43).
  • Overall, BU earned 16 team points, good for fourth place. Wisconsin won the 2017 Konrad Ulbrich Lightweight Points Trophy as overall Eastern Sprints Champion with 38 points.
Final Ulbrich Points Trophy Standings
1 Wisconsin - 38
2 Radcliffe - 35
3 Princeton - 17
4 Boston University - 16
5 Georgetown - 8

  • Racing was delayed at 12:50 p.m. due to a storm moving through the area with the threat of lightning. The competition did not resume until 3:10 p.m.
After Sunday's competition, the Terriers will next compete at the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia on May 12-13, before heading to Sacramento, Calif. to compete in the IRA National Championship Regatta on June 2-4.
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