DU Rowing Competitive at Marietta College Regatta
March 24, 2012
On Saturday, March 24th the Duquesne Women traveled to Marietta, Ohio to race against crews from Marietta, North Park, and Dayton.
The first event of the morning was the novice eight. With only two entries the event was a straight final in which Duquesne's novice eight (cox: Erin Browne, stroke: Victoria Snyder, Katherine Eastwood, Jennifer Houser, Lindsay Wyllie, Marissa Gero, Megan Boley, Nicole Wozniak, and bow: Megan Hufnagel) raced for their first time ever against the novice eight from Dayton. The Duquesne women finished just 17 seconds behind the crew fro Dayton.
The second event of the morning was the heat for the women's varsity eight in which the Duquesne varsity eight (cox: Kristy Pietrone, stroke: Maria De Iuliis, Rachael Thornton, Elizabeth Brennan, Elizabeth Rhodes, Laura Dunlap, Rachael Ross, Regina Dutz, and bow: Derin Ongun) also raced the eight from Dayton. Dayton overcame Duquesne in the second half of the race to cross the finish line 13 seconds ahead of the Dukes.
The women's second varsity eight heat was the third event of the morning. Duquesne's crew (cox: Michelle Karkos, stroke: Samantha Newhart, Courtney Purslow, Hannah Mazur, Em Gorham, Hannah Olinger, Julia Borsari, Lauren Turner, and bow: Gretchen Swabe) battled the second eight from Dayton down the course and finished just 4 seconds behind the Dayton crew.
In what was the best race of the day the varsity four (cox: Megan Parmarter, stroke: Kamryn Thorpe, Alex Watts, Marissa Conlin, and bow: Alyssa McKernan) went up against the varsity fours from Dayton and Marietta in a straight final. The three boats battled side by side for the duration of the race. In a very tight finish Dayton (6:55.41) crossed the finish line first with Marietta finishing second (6:57.34) and Duquesne finishing third (6:57.88).
The afternoon races put the Duquesne varsity eights up against the eights from North Park. The women's second varsity eight crossed the line first 50 seconds ahead of the crew from North Park. The varsity eight also won their event finishing ahead of the crew from North Park by 20 seconds.
This was the Duquesne women's first test against an Atlantic-10 opponent and the coaching staff was very happy with the results. The next test for Duquesne will be in two weeks when the team will travel to Washington DC to take on crews from George Washington, St. Joe's, and MIT.