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Syracuse Rowing: Men & Women Ranked in Top 20

Both of the Syracuse Rowing squads are ranked in the top 20 nationally and both will continue to face tough challenges this weekend.

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The Syracuse Orange women's rowing squad finished on a strong note at last week's Clemson Invitational and jumped back into the Top 20 of this week's CRCA/US Rowing Coaches Poll as the 17th ranked school nationally. SU won't have a lot of time to celebrate as they are off to Columbus to compete  against #1 Ohio State, #13 Michigan, and Michigan State this Saturday.

Head Coach Justin Moore felt that the Varsity 4 boat of: Christina Tobias, Alexis Dorner, Shannon McCann, Kelsey Thornton, and Alyssa Vasiliou had the best showing at Clemson

"The first varsity four was the, relative to the other crews, top performer," added Moore. "They finished with the sixth-best time today. Those guys were really, really consistently good. They are really young and raw as racers. They were able to display their guts. They raced, every single one of the races, fearlessly. They put themselves in a position to be successful. I am so excited for their development."

Syracuse's Men's Squad was unable to claim the Goes Trophy last weekend as Cornell was able to retain over SU and Navy. The Orange dropped 3 spots to #16 in this week's US Rowing Collegiate Poll, but this week marks the 76th consecutive week that Syracuse has been ranked in the top 20. This week, SU travels to Boston to face #6 Boston University and #18 Columbia for the Conlan Cup and Lustis Trophy.

In Orange Alumni news, Mike Gennaro is competing at the National Selection Regatta for a spot on the World Championships roster. Gennaro was an alternate on the US Olympic Rowing Squad in 2012