Women's rowing

Women’s rowing competed against two ranked schools in their spring opener.

 

 The Florida Tech women’s rowing team had their spring opener for the 2022 season on March 19. Racing against No. 5 Barry and No. 7 Embry-Riddle, the Panthers were up against competitive teams at Canal-54, right near campus. 

There were three categories for the races: Varsity 8+, DII Varsity 4+, and Varsity 4+ open. The participants per boat are as follows:

Varsity 8+

Bow: Elizabeth Weber

2. Gabby Rodenzo Wilson

3. Ismini Noni

4. Julia Seibold

5. Simona Vileniskyte

6. Nour Ettaieb

7. Sydney Freiberger

8. Liza Lutter

Coxswain: Abbigale Smith 

RESULTS: The Panthers battled hard with a time of 7:08.9 finishing third behind Embry-Riddle (7:04.2) and Barry finishing in first with a time of 6:58.9. 

DII Varisty 4+

Coxswain: Yarisse Adorno Oyola

4. Maggie Eure

3. Alexandria Easterling

2. Kessler Cluck

1. Farah Shaaban

RESULTS: This race showed great competition as Embry-Riddle crushed both schools with a time of 7:52. Barry followed next, almost 19 seconds after the first place winners with a time of 8:12.2, and Florida Tech finishing third (9:20.5). 

Varsity 4+ Open

Coxswain: Abbigale Smith

4. Simona Vileniskyte

3. Liza Lutter

2. Sydney Freiberger

1. Nour Ettaieb

RESULTS: The final race of the day for the lady panthers ended with a very close time against Embry Riddle. Both teams fought hard, ending with Barry in first (7:37.2), Florida Tech in second place with a time of 7:55.2, Embry Riddle at a close third (7:57.4). 

The spring opener was many athlete’s first race as a Florida Tech Panther. Kessler Cluck, Elizabeth Weber and Sydney Freiberger all made their debut race for Florida Tech. Farah Shaaban, a women’s basketball player, has become a dual sport athlete, competing in her first race with the women’s rowing team. 

After the first competition, Coach Adam Thorstad is proud of the start for the team and is looking forward to seeing where the improvement will take Tech in the future. 

“We’re just getting started,” Thorstad said. The Panthers will be back in action in Sarasota, Florida competing in the FIRA Championships on April 1.

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