The Marist men’s rowing team claimed its 13th Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship on Sunday at Mercer County Park Marina. They won seven of eight races contested to total 189 points and beat second place Loyola who scored 165 points. The women’s crew team also finished very strong, earning 166 points at the meet and claiming second place, falling only 16 points shy of the lead.
The Red Foxes won the first men’s race of the day, the varsity 8 by nearly 15 seconds with a time of 5:45.4 seconds. The win earned the men the first 40 points awarded on the day. They continued and won the final six races of the day – the lightweight 4, the varsity 4, the JV 4, the novice 8, the 2V8 and the novice 4. The Red Foxes defeated two other entries in the lightweight 4 for 25 points. Marist edged Loyola by .7 seconds to claim the victory. The championship boat finished with a time of 7:03.2. In the Varsity 4, they bested a five-shell field with a time of 6:49.6. Marist won the race by over seven seconds and defeated crews from Loyola, Iona, Fairfield and Manhattan.
The championship was the 10th straight for Marist men, as the Red Foxes have won the conference title each year since 2001. The women have successfully placed in the top two over the past five consecutive years.
The Marist men’s and women’s rowing teams also had a total of 22 student-athletes named to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) All-Academic Team at the conference championship on Sunday. To be eligible for the MAAC All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must complete two semesters at its institution and hold a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.20 on a 4.0 scale.
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