Dukes Battle Cold and Wind in Indiana
March 29, 2014
On Saturday the Duquesne women battled cold temperatures, rain and sleet at their scrimmage in Bloomington, Indiana where they went up against crews from A-10 foe Dayton and Big-10 Indiana.
The first event of the day was the women's varsity four in which Duquesne had two entries while Dayton and Indiana each had one. Duquesne's A four of Mary Kate Keenoy, Lindsay Wyllie, Maureen O'Brien, Kaitlyn Clem, and Grace Hindes finished second to Indiana. The Duquesne B entry of Tory Snyder, Nicole Wozniak, Margot Gagen, Serenity Wallace, and Caroline Connors finished just 5 seconds back from the A entry. Both Duquesne boats finished ahead of the lone entry from Dayton who crossed the line 3 seconds behind our B entry.
The 2V eight of coxswain Megan Parmarter, Anne Stevens, Rachel Swain, Alex Watts, Marissa Conlin, Emma Riegel, Emily Herzig, Meredith Starczewski, and Emily Ames crossed the line third to Indiana's 2V8 and Freshman Eight, while finishing 4 seconds ahead of the 2V8 from Dayton.
The varsity eight of coxswain Michelle Karkos, Lauren Turner, Courtney Purslow, Hannah Mazur, Julia Borsari, Gretchen Swabe, Regina Dutz, Hannah Olinger, and Alison Kane finished 3 seconds behind the crew from Dayton. Indiana finished first in this event.
"Our crews across all events raced hard but our execution was off the mark" said head coach Joe Setting. "We have been on and off the water the past few weeks and our lack of water time was apparent; however, I feel the team was capable of better racing nonetheless. Our first priority was to see how we matched up against Dayton, our fellow a10 opponent. Our teams have developed a competitive rivalry over the past few years and we have traded race placements in all our varsity events seemingly each time we face each other. We will see them again next weekend and it will be helpful to see how we stack up against them again after a week of additional training."
In addition, "It was great for our squad to compete against another Big 10 opponent this year in Indiana. We raced the eventual 2013 national champion Ohio State last year and I feel the exposure to large conference school competition is very beneficial for our squad on many levels. The Duquesne women have never raced against Big 10 opponents before and it's been great to have these opportunities against schools we traditionally never see during the course of a season. Indiana was a gracious host and we appreciate the efforts that Coach Steve Peterson and his staff put forth on this event."