Sophomore Miranda Zsigmond, First-Team All-Conference
May 18, 2014
WEST WINDSOR, N.J. (SMU) - The SMU rowing team competed in the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship Sunday morning on Mercer Lake.
"Everybody really committed to each other and rowed their hearts out this weekend, it just wasn't enough to keep the pace," Head Coach Doug Wright said.
The Mustangs' Second Varsity 8+ crew of coxswain Stephanie Gentile, Brittany Courteau, Meghan Klein, Katrina Kerrigan, Mackenzie Daly, Dominique Earland, Julia Neppl, Jonnie Parmer and Dominique Conley outpaced crews from Rutgers and Villanova to finish fifth in the second to last race of the day in a time of 7:06.777.
In the final race of the championship, the Varsity 8+ crew of coxswain Maggie Jones, Sydney Severson, Chantelle Conley, Loni Albrecht, Miranda Zsigmond, Allison Buchanan, Amanda Esposito, Hanna Axene, and Lauren Moore clocked in at 7:03.321 for seventh.
"We lost two key rowers in Lindsay Heyman and Savannah Moody, less than two weeks prior to the championship," Wright said. "We had impressive times in both the 1 and 2v8s at the close of the regular season. Both crews showed even greater improvements in practice heading into conference until we lost Heyman and Moody. That required us to change the lineups in all crews the week of the championship."
With a team score of 158, Louisville became The American's first NCAA automatic qualifier after going six for six in races at the championship.
"I am so proud of everyone for staying postive and stepping up every aspect of their play as a result of the late changes. We have learned alot about dealing with adversity the last week and a half week but by staying true to our values we are stronger for it," Wright added.
Following the presentation of team awards, the conference's first and second team selections were announced. Sophomore Miranda Zsigmond, a native of Los Alamitos, Calif., represented SMU on the American Athletic Conference First-Team.
"I am also very proud of Miranda Zsigmond for being named to the 1st team all conference team. She is a stellar oarswoman."
"Also, I want to thank senior coxswain, Maggie Jones and senior rower and bow seat in the 1v, Lauren Moore for their leadership this year. They both helped the team stay focused and compelled to race as hard and as fast as possible. They will be missed but certainly not forgetten for their valuable contributions."