DELAND, Fla. (women’s rowing)- The Florida Tech Panthers raced in their second fall event this season dominating the 2006 Hatter Classic hosted by Stetson
University on Lake Beresford. On the women’s side five institutions competed in the race including Florida Tech, Nova Southeastern, the University of
Central Florida, Embry Riddle Aeronautical and host Stetson in the 5,000 meter course.
The first 2,000 meters of the course, which started in the St. John’s River, remained calm throughout the regatta. The remaining 3,000 meters concluded in
Lake Beresford, which was a wide open area. Lake conditions were strong and shifting winds throughout the day.
There were four events scheduled on the women’s side with the final event the Women’s Varsity Four being cancelled due to deteriorating conditions.
In the first event, Florida Tech came away with first place honors with a 19:29 time, five seconds faster than second place team Nova Southeastern
University. Central Florida and Stetson pulled up the rear finishing third and fourth respectively.
The WV8+ coxed by senior Morgan Tweedie (Osprey, Fla.), stroked by senior Rachel Purvis (Brockville, Ontario), followed by senior seven seat Jessie House
(Satellite Beach, Fla.), junior six seat Anna Beaman (Pittsboro, Ind.),freshman five seat Sam Roman (Jacksonville, Fla.) , freshman four seat Cheryl
Skibski (Tolland, Mass.), freshman three seat Amanda Saeger (Des Plaines, Ill),senior two seat Safia Tappan (Sarasota, Fla.), and sophomore bow Jen Johnson
The Panthers did not have a boat in the Freshman Novice Eight which was won by Central Florida “A” boat with a time of 21:44.
The women’s V4+ coxed by Tweedie, stroked by Purvis, House, Beaman, and Tappan, also finished first ahead of two Nova Southeastern boats, Embry-Riddle, and
host team Stetson.
The winning time was 22:33 for the Panthers.
“The crew and coach are very happy with the performance of the weekend,” stated Head Coach Adam Thorstad. “All of us knowing now that we must continue
working hard to stay out in front… Nova is a great conference rival, and it is in our hands to make that five second gap even greater.”
1. Florida Tech 19:29
2. Nova Southeastern 29:34
3. UCF 20:26
4. Stetson 20:47
1. UCF A 21:44
2. UCF C 21:54
3. UCF B 21:56
4. UCF D 24:28
5. Stetson 25:00
6. UCF E 25:01
1. Florida Tech 22:33
2. Nova Southeastern A 23:04
3. Nova Southeastern B 23:17
4. Stetson 25:14
5. Embry-Riddle 28:21
CANCELLED DUE TO WHITECAPS AND WEATHER