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Lady Flames Novice 4 crew seventh at ACRA Championships

May 24, 2015  |  Gainesville, Ga. 

Members of Liberty's Women's Novice 4 rowed to a seventh-place showing in Sunday's Grand Finale.  test test test test
Members of Liberty's Women's Novice 4 rowed to a seventh-place showing in Sunday's Grand Finale.

In a dramatic sprint to the finish line, Liberty University's Women's Novice 4 boat surged past a team from Grand Valley State University and held off a crew from the University of Vermont to place third out of eight boats in Saturday's second heat at the ACRA National Championships regatta at Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Ga., site of the rowing events at the 1996 Olympic Summer Games.

The Lady Flames completed the 2,000-meter course in 8 minutes, 14.01 seconds, ahead of Vermont (8:14.51) and GVSU (8:14.68), to receive the final automatic entry into Sunday's Grand Final.

In that race, the powerful tandem rowed to a seventh-place national showing in the final, completing the course just 0.33 seconds behind the boat from the University of Denver in 8:18.58. Complete results are available online.

Lydia Miller served as Liberty's coxswain while fellow freshmen Sarah Catto, Allie Coughlan, and Kendra Dowdy were the first three rowers in a boat anchored by sophomore Gabby Kitchens.

"We are extremely proud of all their hard work and dedication," junior captain Rachel Williams said. "I got to be a part of their training and can testify to just how hard they worked leading up to this weekend. These girls stayed after school and did two-a-day practices."

Williams said the rowers received from valuable coaching tips from Debbie Prowse.

"We were able to learn some new techniques," Williams said. "We would not have been nearly as successful without her expertise and assistance in the rowing world, and we are extremely grateful to her for that. The team and I are incredibly proud of our novice women and all they have accomplished this year."

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Nov 9
Crew
at Head of the South
Women's 4 1st Place

Nov 3
Crew
at Head of the Hooch
3rd Place Finish

Nov 2
Crew
at Head of the Hooch
3rd Place Finish

Oct 26
Crew
at Richmond Chase
1st Place Finish

Oct 20
Crew
at Head of the Charles
Finished 22nd of 36

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