DU Rowing Wraps Ups Spring Break with a Race in Florida

March 10, 2014

For spring break women's rowing traveled to sunny Winter Park, Florida to train on Lake Maitland. To culminate the week, the team took part in a spring break race with teams from Nova Southeastern (2013 Division II National Champions), Villanova, Rollins College, and Embry Riddle on Saturday, March 8th.

The first race of the morning was the women's varsity eight. The line-up of coxswain Michelle Karkos, stroke Lauren Turner, Courtney Purslow, Hannah Mazur, Lauren Hughes, Hannah Olinger, Regina Dutz, Gretchen Swabe, and bow Julia Borsari finished second in the event in a time of 6:28.7 a little more than 1 second behind Nova Southeastern (6:27.3). In third was Villanova (6:49.6) and fourth was Rollins (6:53.4).

The second race of the morning was the women's second varsity eight. Finishing first in 6:47.4 was the Duquesne line-up of coxswain Megan Parmarter, stroke Meredith Starczewski, Rachel Swain, Emily Herzig, Emily Ames, Emma Riegel, Marissa Conlin, Alex Watts, and bow Anne Stevens. Crossing the line second was Nova Southeastern in 6:52.3 followed by Villanova in third with 7:05.3.

The varsity four line-up of coxswain Grace Hindes, stroke, Maureen O'Brien, Lindsay Wyllie, Victoria Snyder, and bow Nicole Wozniak went up against four varsity eight athletes from Villanova and Nova Southeastern as well as varsity fours from Rollins and Embry Riddle. Nova crossed the line first (7:22.7), followed by Villanova (7:35.2), Rollins 7:38.4, Duquesne (7:52.9), and Embry Riddle (8:13.9).

The final race of the morning for Duquesne was the women's novice four event. The freshman line-up of coxswain Caroline Connors, stroke Mary Kate Keenoy, Kaitlyn Clem, Margot Gagen, and bow Serenity Wallace finished second in 7:49.2 behind Nova Southeastern (7:31.2) and ahead of Villanova (7:51.6), Rollins (7:55.4), and Embry Riddle (8:07.2).

"It was a very productive training week for the team," said assistant Coach Jenn Langzettel. "The water time was an important part to bringing all of their hard winter training to the boat and start seeing results. The coaching staff was happy with the results from the culminating race. The varsity eight raced well against a team that is the best Division II team in the country and it was close right down to the line. The success of the second eight shows that we have good depth. The varsity four raced very well against the top rowers from other team while the freshman four also raced well. There is still a lot of work to be done and some speed to be gained, but overall it is a very promising start to our season."

The Dukes won't race again for 3 weeks when they will travel to Indiana for a scrimmage against Indiana University and Dayton University. This is a week later than originally scheduled due to the harsh winter and ice still present on the course.




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