Rowing at the 2018 MAAC Championships
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Canisius rowing team returned to the water Saturday, taking part in the Mercyhurst Invitational. The regatta saw the three varsity four boats for the Golden Griffins sweep the top spots in the women’s V4 session, while the varsity eight finished placed second in the women’s V8 session.
Each session featured a five-kilometer head race, followed by a 500-meter sprint race. The 500-meter sprint race was multiplied by five, to give a weighted score, and the times from the two portions were added together for a final time.
The varsity eight started the day by having the third-best five-kilometer time among the women’s V8 participants with a time of 19:54.54. The Griffs then completed the 500-meter part of the race with a time of 01:34.82 (07:54.10 weighted). These scores gave the varsity eight a final time of 27:48.64, bested by the top boats from Mercyhurst and RIT. The boat consisted of Sydney BichselMax McGuireAllyson MatrassiShannon Pritzker,Emma VicarettiBridget LillisAlexandra Heinz and Brynn Krolikowski with Misa Gamble as the coxswain.
In the women’s V4s, the Blue and Gold’s “A” varsity four took advantage of a disqualification by the top Mercyhurst crew to place first. The boat put up a 21:43.28 time in the five-kilometer part before posting a 500-meter time of 01:50.76 (09:13.80 weighted) for a final time of 30:57.08. The “A” varsity four was crewed by coxswain Emma Sabio and rowers McGuire, Matrassi, Pritzker and Vicaretti.
The “B” varsity four, made up of Gamble, Bichsel, Lillis, Heinz and Krolikowski, was the runner-up in the V4 session with a 31:41.89 final time. The crew crossed the finish line a time of 22:33.39 in the five-kilometer portion before notching a 01:49.70 time in the 500-meter race for a 09:08.50 weighted score.
Coming in third overall was the Griffs’ “C” varsity four of coxswain Gianna Ortolani and rowers Cat Gallagher,Audrey RiemanAnezka Krobot, and Bridget Brogan. Their five-kilometer time of 23:08.47 and 500-meter time of 01:51.51 (09:17.55 weighted) gave them a 32:26.02 final time.
Head Coach Kerri Brace‘s Postrace Comments
“Today was a great day to test our speed against some really good crews. We’ve been working as a program to strengthen our technique at lower ratings and the girls executed the plan the way we wanted them to. Our varsity fours really impressed me today. Eight of them were racing their second race of the day, and to come out 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall made for an exciting finish to our day. We look forward to building on today’s results in the coming weeks as we prepare for the Head of the Niagara.”
Up Next
The Blue and Gold head east for Rochester, N.Y. on Oct. 6 to compete at the Head of the Genessee. The regatta is set for an 8 a.m. start.

Canisius Lineups
Canisius Open Women’s 8+:
Cox- Misa Gamble
Str- Sydney Bichsel
7- Max McGuire
6- Allyson Matrassi
5- Shannon Pritzker
4- Emma Vicaretti
3- Bridget Lillis
2- Alexandra Heinz
Bow- Brynn Krolikowski
Canisius Open Women’s 4+ “A”:
Cox- Emma Sabio
Str- Max McGuire
3- Allyson Matrassi
2- Shannon Pritzker
Bow- Emma Vicaretti
Canisius Open Women’s 4+ “B”:
Cox- Misa Gamble
Str- Sydney Bichsel
3- Bridget Lillis
2- Alexandra Heinz
Bow- Brynn Krolikowski
Canisius Open Women’s 4+ “C”:
Cox- Gianna Ortolani
Str- Cat Gallagher
3- Audrey Rieman
2- Anezka Krobot
Bow- Bridget Brogan

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