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FAIRFAX STATION, Va. -- The University of Delaware women’s rowing squad will be looking to close out its 2013 season in grand style Sunday as the Blue Hens compete at the Colonial Athletic Association Championships on the Occoquan River in Sandy Run Regional Park.
Delaware, under the direction of first-year head coach Kevin Gruber, will be one of six teams vying for the CAA crown. The field includes Delaware, two-time defending champion Northeastern, Boston University, 2010 champion Buffalo, Drexel, and Eastern Michigan. Northeastern also won the inaugural championship in 2009.
The Blue Hens will be looking to improve upon last season’s sixth place finish following consecutive fifth place showings back in 2010 and 2011 and a third place performance in 2009.
Last season, the Hens placed fifth in the Varsity Fours and Second Varsity Eights races and sixth in the Varsity Eights competition.
This year’s championships will get underway Sunday beginning with the Varsity Fours competition at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Second Varsity Eights race at 9:45 a.m. and the Varsity Eights competition at 10:05 a.m. Admission to the event is free
Delaware’s Varsity Fours team will consist of coxswain Molly Gardner, Angela Quinn, Danielle Lawler, Kaitlin Flood, and Shannon Bell).
The Second Varsity Eights boat will include coxswain Jamie Noce, Denise Cirelli, Jennifer Majcher, Shannon Taylor, Ally Crossman, Alexandra Cruz, Corey Holloway, Meredith Murphy, and Lily Guttentag.
Delaware’s Varsity Eights contingent will include coxswain Hayley Diverio, Holly Dodge, Sarah Slotoroff, Jennifer Kohler, Catherine Manner, Bethany Porter, Calla Cissel, Bethany Callaway, and Alexandra Smart.