WEST WINDSOR, N.J.  --  The University of Delaware women’s rowing squad enjoyed its best finish in four years on Sunday as the Blue Hens posted a fourth place finish at the Colonial Athletic Association Championships at Mercer Lake.

Competing in their season finale, the Blue Hens placed fourth in each of three races - the Varsity Fours, Second Varsity Eights, and Varsity Eights - to earn 18 points and finish fourth overall. Northeastern won its fourth straight team championship with 36 points as the Huskies took first place in each race. Buffalo was second followed by Drexel, Delaware, and Eastern Michigan.

"We had solid showings by all three crews and were happy to secure a fourth place team finish,” said Delaware head coach Kevin Gruber. “We had a couple seniors competing as Blue Hens for the last time today. It was nice sending them out on a good note."

After finishing sixth last season and fifth in both 2011 and 2012, the Blue Hens posted their best finish since a third place showing in 2010.

In the Varsity Eights race, Delaware’s crew of coxswain Jamie Noce, Denise Cirelli, Kat Francis, Jenny Kohler, Catherine Manner, Annie Waskover, Calla Cissel, Hannah Scholes, and Lily Guttentag placed fourth overall with a time of 6:59.458, finishing behind Northeastern (6:38.037), Buffalo, and Drexel.

In the Second Varsity Eights competition, Delaware’s team of coxswain Sarah Tenenbaum, Shannon Taylor, Corey Holloway, Kate Flood, Kristen Van Iderstine, Carly Alexander, Angela Quinn, Meredith Murphy, and Sam Noel finished fourth with a time of 7:11.120. Northeastern took first place with a time of 6:45.195 followed by Buffalo, Drexel, Delaware, and Eastern Michigan.

In the Varsity Fours race, Delaware’s crew of coxswain Hayley Diverio, Megan Kirby, Kathleen Garrity, Laura Peterson, and Olivia Brady rowed to a time of 8:03.572 to finish fourth. Northeastern won in a time of 7:30.360 followed by Buffalo, Drexel, Delaware, and Eastern Michigan.

In addition to the championships being held, the CAA also announced its post-season honors on Sunday and the Blue Hens were well represented. Jenny Kohler and Hannah Scholes earned All-CAA honors while Denise Cirelli earned a spot on the CAA All-Academic Team.

Kohler, a senior from Oceanport, N.Y. (Shore Regional High School) and Scholes, a freshman from Wilmington, Del. (Wilmington Charter HS), both were top members of the Varsity Eights crew.  

Cirelli, a junior from Wayne, Pa. (Baldwin School), is an exercise science major and carries a 3.57 grade point average. She also competes as part of the Delaware Varsity Eights crew.  


Final Team Standings: 1. Northeastern - 36 points; 2. Buffalo - 30; 3. Drexel - 24; 4. Delaware - 18; 5. Eastern Michigan - 12.

Varsity Fours: 1.  Northeastern, 7:30.360;  2. Buffalo, 7:31.873; Drexel. 7:49.304; 4. Delaware, 8:03.572; 5. Eastern Michigan, 8:10.959.

Second Varsity Eights: 1. Northeastern, 6:45.195; 2. Buffalo, 6:51.871; 3. Drexel, 6:52.126; 4. Delaware, 7:11.120; 5. Eastern Michigan, 7:54.398

Varsity Eights: 1. Northeastern, 6:38.037; 2. Buffalo, 6:44.165; 3. Drexel, 6:45.569; 4. Delaware, 6:59.458; 5. Eastern Michigan, 7:04.437.

CAA All-Academic Team: Delaware: Denise Cirelli; Northeastern: Lauren Terris; Buffalo: Emily Glasgow; Drexel: Alyssa Leahy;  Eastern Michigan: Steph Schlosser

All-CAA Team: Delaware: Jenny Kohler, Hannah Scholes; Northeastern: Kelsey Flynn, Alaina Williams, Katie O’Connell, Chloe Laverack; Buffalo: Haley Franco, Kate Koscielniak, Sam Paige; Drexel: Liza Daugherty, Kerry Walsh;  Eastern Michigan: Krista Burdick.

CAA Coach of the Year: Joe Wilhelm, Northeastern