Personal records set at Colonial Erg Sprint in Williamsburg
February 28, 2015 | Williamsburg, Va.
It was a record-setting day for Liberty University's men's and women's crew teams at Saturday's indoor Colonial Erg Sprints, hosted by the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va.
"This was an excellent race for our team," Flames Head Coach Sarah Morris said. "We had 17 out of 25 rowers get personal records on their 2,000-meter races, which is great to see so early in the season. (Assistant Coach) Mitchell (Dieudonne) and I are extremely proud of them all."
A highlight of the competition was freshman Trevor Quandt's first-place finish and Liberty Novice Lightweight 2,000-meter record time of 6 minutes, 49.4 seconds in only his second race of that distance.
"He did extremely well," Morris said. "Mitchell and I were very impressed with his time and are looking forward to seeing what he can do moving forward."
In the Varsity Men's 2,000-meter event, Flames junior Jordan Childs, who joined the team late this semester, finished 11th in a PR time of 6:47.6 while sophomore Joshua Herts took 14th in a PR time of 6:54.8 and Samuel Knauss came in 23rd out of 31 rowers in 7:15.2.
Sophomore Debbie Martin finished runner-up in the Varsity Women's 2,000-meter race in 7:36.2, just 3.4 seconds behind JMU's Melissa Alexander. Lady Flames teammate Carolyn Nascimento also set a PR, placing 16th in 8:04.5.
"Carolyn in particular has had an amazing semester," Morris said. "She is really showing what it is to be a Varsity Woman by always improving herself."
Liberty junior Rachel Williams came in second in the Varsity Lightweight women's 2,000 in 8:18.3, behind only Mary Washington's Samantha Lancke who won the four-boat race in 8:07.1.
In the Novice Lightweight women's 2,000, Lady Flames freshman Lydia Miller placed second in a PR time of 8:20.6, five seconds behind Richmond's winning erg rowed by Tess Munoz. Freshmen Hayley Edmundson (fourth in 8:32.2) and Mary Beth Klein (ninth in 8:45.5) and sophomore Gabrielle Kitchens (10th in 9:11.5) also set PRs.
Four Liberty freshmen set PRs in the Novice women's 2,000 — Kendra Dowdy (10th in 8:08.3), Natasha Fifelski (11th in 8:15.5), Sarah Catto (20th in 8:23.6), and Andrea Deisher (22nd in 8:28.1) — while the Flames freshmen Matheus Coelho (6:45.8), James Ford (6:48.0), and Matthew Reidy (6:53.7) had the sixth through eighth-place rows in the Novice men's 2K and Zachary Belk also clocked a PR time of 7:26.4.
"We've never had so many novice men with sub-7 minute times so it is exciting to see that our team is growing early on in their careers," Morris said.
Flames junior Kekoa Ellingson took second out of four competitors in the Men's Coxswain 500-meter race, just 1.3 seconds behind North Carolina State's Michael Crankshaw. In the Women's event, Liberty sophomore Linda Branch placed seventh out of 17 contestants in 1:58.9.
Sophomore Kevin Brown finished sixth in the Varsity Lightweight Men's 2,000 in 7:06.8, just a tenth of a second behind the fifth-place rower.
"Kevin fought extremely hard all the way through the race," Morris said. "It was exciting to watch as it was stroke for stroke fighting for that spot the entire race."
Sophomore teammate Trevor Prescott placed eighth in 7:11.9.
Finally, in the Partner Men's 10,000-meter event, Brown and Prescott teamed up for a second-place time of 35:06.8 behind only the host Tribe's tandem of Adam Mullet and Brendan Sawyer, while Herts and Childs finished fifth out of 10 teams in 36:54.4.
In the Partner Women's 10K, Martin and fellow sophomore Emily Berguson placed seventh in 43:00 followed by Williams and Nascimento's eighth-place showing in 45:13.7.
"The team is really pushing forward well and we are excited to see what they do on the water over spring break, March 7-14 at Camp Bob Cooper in Summerton, S.C." Morris said.