Drexel Crew Dominates the Cooper River at the Frostbite Regatta

Camden, N.J. – The Drexel men's and women's crew team had strong performances in its final competition of the fall season at the 2011 Frostbite Regatta. The Dragons captured six gold and six silver medals on the day.
The women's freshmen four took first in the Dragons first event of the day. The Dawn Byers boat with coxswain Catherine Hamilton, stroke Joy Yingling, Jayme Batcher, Elise Levito, and bow Chelsea Naylor stopped the clock at 8:51.80 ahead of runner up Haverford and Rutgers Camden. Maryland and Oswego State finished fourth and fifth respectively.
The women's freshmen eight, in the John A. Daskalakis, earned first place with a time of 7:22.83. Coxswain Barbara McKenna, stroke Olivia BabiecEmily GartlandMeredith BrackenSierra BacaNatalie MoreiraEmma Howard,Amanda Kleuser and bow Bridget Pfeifer finished ahead of West Virginia, Lehigh, Lafayette, Geroge Mason and Scranton.
The women's four, in the Sandra Lee Sheller boat, placed second behind West Virginia. Coxswain Caitlin Meehan, stroke Mollie Cusack, Alyssa Leahy, Caitlin Buser, and bow Elise Panacek crossed the finish line at 8:13.93. CAA's George Mason took third followed by Loyola, Haverford and La Salle.  
The women's second and third varsity eight took first and second place. Kerry Walsh coxed the in the Marlene Buckley boat across the finish line at 7:10.33 with teammates Amanda DargaySamantha CowanJuliana DeMarici,Megan BushJulia JacksonEmily CoyleJackie Bender, and bow Asiya Mahmud. The third varsity eight followed in the John A. Daskalakis boat with coxswain Dana Piccoli, stroke, Mollie CusackKathy ChengShannon O'Donnell,Emily BarthCaitlin BuserAlyssa LeahyJillian Skovran, and bow Elise Panacek.
The top varsity eight boat, in the Marlene Buckley II boat, captured first place in the women's final race of the day. Coxswain Alex Paulin, stroke Sarah MackenzieElizabeth DaughertyElizabeth BrattonColleen Delaney,Amanda O'MalleyMallory SykesElizabeth Campanella, and Alexa Antonioli posted a winning time of 6:55.30. West Virginia took second followed by George Mason, La Salle, Lehigh and Philadelphia University respectively.
The men's junior varsity eight scored a top time in the opening event for the men's team. Coxswain Marc Smith, stroke John Pieper, Pete Eyrich, Aleksandar Radovic, Michael Golden, Martin Khait, Brent Basso, Kevin Rorabaugh, and bow Nick Buyse guided the Vince Vidas boat through the finish line in 6:19.02. The junior varsity eight defeated Temple, La Salle, Ithaca, Delaware and Marietta.
The second junior varsity eight boat placed second behind Delaware with a runner-up time of 6:58.40. Jacquelyn Durkin also coxed the Vince Vidas boat along with Adam Cordi, Milos Rujevic, John Luciani, Scott Nordsiek, Peter Rampulla, Brian Kissam, Filip Topalovic, and bow Patrick McGann.
The men's freshmen eight placed, in the 1972 boat, also finished behind the Blue Hens. Coxswain Diana Fox, stroke Butch Eribal, Ryan Mallgrave, James Byrne, Jake Murphy, Oleg Gratwick, Andrew Weinstein, Mahmoud Shurbaji, and bow Matt Gehret posted a second-place time of 7:01.71. Lehigh earned third place followed by Ithaca and Stony Brook.
The men's top freshmen eight boat won first place with a time of 6:15.50 ahead of Marietta. The Peggy Greenawalt boat with Victoria Kenion, stroke Dean Hill, Brian McCabe, Marko Durica, Cameron Staines, Philip Byers, Casimir Czworkowski, Grigorios Papadourakis, and Christian Ladd also crossed the finish line before Delaware, Binghamton, Ithaca, and West Virginia.
The men's second four, in the Tobey & Kim Oxholm boat, crossed the finish line behind Washington College with a time of 7:53.12. The boat featured coxswain Ashley Jordan, stroke John Luciani, Brian Kissam, Peter Rampulla, and bow Scott Nordsiek. The top men's four boat posted third in the following event.
The men's varsity eight dropped a slim advantage to Temple for second place with a time of 6:05.13. Randall Lee coxed the Lois Krall boat with teammates Timothy Drake, Paul Wisniowski, Sebastian Ryan, Vanja Busic, Michael Faust, Lorenzo Albala, Kurt Linton, and bow Will Masters. Ithaca posted third place followed by Delaware and Marietta.