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No. 16 Rutgers Women’s Rowing’s Varsity Four Named B1G Boat of the Week

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Wins over ranked foes last weekend show continued progress this season.

(Ben Solomon/Rutgers Athletics)

The Rutgers women’s rowing team continued to make waves last weekend with the varsity four boat beating no. 7 Princeton and then no. 12, now no. 11 Wisconsin, as well as Columbia, at Lake Carnegie in Princeton, NJ. On Tuesday, they earned Big Ten Boat of the Week honors for their performance.

The Rutgers varsity four boat was comprised of Mackenzie George, Olivia Betz, Olivia Maxton, Emily Meade and coxswain Rachel Usen. They won the race with a time of 7:19.4, which was over two seconds faster than Wisconsin and nine seconds ahead of Princeton. Columbia finished over thirty seconds behind. The Scarlet Knights won three races overall in the event.

The First Varsity Eight of Rutgers won the Big Ten Boat of the Week back in March for its victory in the Doc Hosea Invitational. Ever since, the Scarlet Knights have been nationally ranked all season and are now 16th in the latest US Rowing Coaches Poll that came out Wednesday.

Rutgers concludes the regular season this Sunday at the Eastern Sprints in Worcester, Massachusetts. They will then compete in the Big Ten Championships in Devil’s Lake in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Last season, Rutgers finished in seventh place as a team and will look to improve on that result at this year’s event, which takes place on Sunday, May 19th.