April 13, 2014
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (SMU) - The SMU rowing team's crew competing in the Frosh/Novice 4+ race capped off an impressive weekend at the Knecht Cup on Mercer Lake by winning the Grand Final on Sunday morning.
The Mustangs finished in a time of 8:15.84 earning the victory. Also competing in the final race were future competitors Tulsa and Temple. SMU will see the Golden Hurricane next weekend in Oklahoma for the Lawless Cup, while the Temple Owls are on the schedule for May 18 at the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship.
The crew was composed of freshmen Lindsay Heyman, Dominique Earland, Jessica Clouse, Moyra Tran and sophomore coxswain Nikole Metz. Julia Neppl was also a part of the crew during the event's first race. On Saturday, the group breezed through preliminary rounds winning its first race in 8:16.36 before posting the fastest and only sub-eight minute time of both days in the semifinals at 7:53.01.
SMU's Second Varsity 8+ crew also competed in Sunday finals, taking third in the Third Level Final clocking in at 7:10.04. The group was also matched up against American opponents Temple and Connecticut, who finished fourth and sixth, respectively.
The Mustangs are back in action next Saturday when they travel to Tulsa, Okla., to face the Golden Hurricane in the Lawless Cup. Check SMUMustangs.com for ways to follow, or like the Ponies on Facebook (/SMURowing) and follow them on Twitter (@SMURowing).
Nikole Metz (c)
Lindsay Heyman / Julia Neppl