first national championship run in florida tech history
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Florida Tech women’s rowing ends their season as the third-best team in the country as the team tallied third-place finishes in both the V4 and V8 Grand Finals.
Unlike in previous days, Tech’s V4 of Gabby Rodezno Wilson (bow), Sophia Ferrizzi, Rebecca Miller, Julia Seibold (stroke), and Nashaita Patrawalla (coxswain) opened the racing for the team.
The women started strong as they stormed into second off the line and held that position through the first 500 meters. However, a strong middle portion of the race saw Mercyhurst overtake Crimson & Gray for the second spot.
This did not stop Florida Tech from fighting as they kept pushing Mercyhurst and it showed as they finished about seven seconds behind them with a time of 8:13.981.
Graysen Pensch (bow), Simona Vileniskyte, Sydney Spicer, Hannah Schilcher, Maclain Zajicek, Liza Lutter, Ismini Noni, Anna Kayser Gallego (stroke), and Abbigale Smith (coxswain) put together an excellent performance in the V8.
The women were second for the first 500-meter of the final race of the season, just like their V4 counterpart, but unfortunately, Mercyhurst overtook the spot as the team headed to the halfway point of the 2000-meter contest.
Despite the overtake, the Panthers kept fighting and made it a race for the final 1000 meters and finished only six-second behind the Lakers with a time off 6:59.295.
The now three-time defending national champions, the University of Central Oklahoma, took first in both races with a 7:42.655 in the V4 and 6:39.731 in the V8.
The Panthers now get a well-deserved break for the summer before they get ready for another run at the program’s first national championship in 2021-22.
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