Rowing Wins Saturday Events and Earns Two Medals in Sunday Races
April 7, 2014
On Saturday Duquesne women's rowing was on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia for a scrimmage against Drexel, Williams, and Temple. The Dukes started the morning against the crews from Drexel and Williams. The varsity four event started the morning. Duquesne's A entry of coxswain Grace Hindes, Mary Kate Keenoy, Lindsay Wyllie, Maureen O'Brien, and Kaitlyn Clem finished third (7:49.12) while the B entry of coxswain Caroline Connors, Kaitlyn McConville, Nicole Wozniak, Alison Kane, and Serenity Wallace finished fourth (8:04.35) behind Drexel (7:33.50) and Williams (7:41.12).
The second varsity eight of coxswain Megan Parmarter, Anne Stevens, Emily Ames, Alex Watts, Marissa Conlin, Meredith Starczewski, Emily Herzig, Tory Snyder, and Rachel Swain was the second event of the morning for the Dukes. Drexel crossed the line first in 7:02.54 with Duquesne following close behind in 7:09.87. Williams crossed the line third in 7:16.86.
The final race of the morning was the women's varsity eight of coxswain Michelle Karkos, Lauren Turner, Courtney Purslow, Hannah Mazur, Julia Borsari, Gretchen Swabe, Regina Dutz, Hannah Olinger, and Lauren Hughes finishing first over 4 seconds ahead of the varsity eight from Drexel and over 7 seconds ahead of Williams.
The afternoon brought on some high winds and strong competition from former conference team Temple. The Duquesne B four went up against two Temple boats to start the afternoon. Temple finished first and second (8:15.78 and 8:21.31) while Duquesne crossed the line third (8:37.04). The A entry finished second in 7:50.71 to Temple's A entry (7:38.20).
The second eight went up against the Temple second eight and novice eight. In a tight race the length of the course Duquesne crossed the line first in 7:02.21 followed closely by Temple's second eight in 7:03.71. Temple's novice eight finished third in 7:24.77.
The final race of the day was the women's varsity eight. In another tight race Duquesne crossed the line first in 6:49.80 with Temple crossing the line in 6:52.24.
On Sunday the team was in Fairfax, VA for the Occoquan Sprints against teams from Navy, UNC, Dayton, and George Mason among others.
Duquesne had two entries in the women's varsity four event. The A entry of coxswain Grace Hindes, Mary Kate Keenoy, Lindsay Wyllie, Tory Snyder, and Maureen O'Brien advanced to the petite final from a very strong heat and crossed the line first almost 40 seconds ahead of the lone entry from conference foe Dayton. The B entry of coxswain Caroline Connors, Kaitlyn Clem, Kaitlyn McConville, Alison Kane, and Serenity Wallace advanced to the grand final where they crossed the line in 6th place. The JV8 of coxswain Megan Parmarter, Anne Stevens, Emily Ames, Alex Watts, Marissa Conlin, Emma Riegel, Emily Herzig, Meredith Starczewski, and Rachel Swain comfortably finished second in their heat to advance to the grand final of their event. In the final the Dukes crossed the line third in 7:14.19, just 4 seconds behind the second place boat from UNC (7:10.73) and 9 seconds off the pace of first place Navy (7:05.80). The bronze medal crew finished ahead of fellow A-10 competitors George Mason (7:23.91) and Dayton (7:31.47).
The Varsity eight of coxswain Michelle Karkos, Lauren Turner, Courtney Purslow, Hannah Mazur, Julia Borsari, Gretchen Swabe, Regina Dutz, Hannah Olinger, and Lauren Hughes also finished comfortably in second in their heat to advance to the grand final. In a very tight race the Dukes V8 crossed the line third in 6:42.37, just 2 seconds behind second place UNC (6:40.87) and 10 seconds off the pace set by Navy (6:32.98). Earning a bronze medal the crew finished just ahead of conference teams George Mason (6:46.25) and Dayton (6:50.74) with Washington College finishing 6th (6:57.63).
"This past weekend offered significant racing opportunity for all our crews," says Head Coach Joe Setting. "Every crew got four races over two days and went up against top level competition, including two conference foes in Dayton and George Mason. I'm satisfied with how we performed this past weekend and am proud of the effort the women put forth. Our results indicate we are on the right track; however, we still have a lot of time left in the season and must continue to see speed gains across the board."
"This upcoming weekend we travel to the GW Invitational and will see two more conference foes in St. Joseph and George Washington, in addition, to racing non-conference opponent Navy. This regatta will provide three races for all our crews over two days and further give us some indication as to where we stand among the A10 conference at this point in the season. The team and coaching staff are looking forward to the upcoming weekend and are excited to be invited back to the GW Invitational for a second time."
The Dukes will travel to Washington, DC on Thursday, April 10th to take part in the George Washington Invitational against crews from George Washington, St. Joseph's, and Navy.