Dukes Take on High Winds at Occoquan Sprints
April 8, 2013
On Sunday the Duquesne Rowing team was in Fairfax, VA for the Occoquan Sprints with the teams from Navy, Bucknell, Delaware, Temple, and La Salle to name a few. Due to floating starts and high winds, times from different heats/finals cannot be compared.
The first heat of the day for Duquesne was the women's novice eight of cox: Mary Clair, stroke: Maureen O'Brien, Emily Zborowski, Marta Kessler, Rachel Swain, Erin Sanborn, Shannon Dorr, Jenna Boyd, and Megan Malone. In a very tight race Duquesne finished second in 4:54.6 behind 1st place Navy (4:46.5) and just ahead of Temple (4:55.42), advancing them to the grand final later in the day. Unfortunately a mix up at the start got the novice eight lined up with the petite final of the women's JV8 in place of our actual JV8. In what was another great race the novice eight finished fourth in this final just 4 seconds behind the JV8 from La Salle and 5 seconds behind the JV8 from George Mason. North Carolina finished first just 9 seconds ahead of Duquesne.
The JV8 was the second heat of the morning for the Dukes. The line-up of cox: Michelle Karkos, stroke: Gretchen Swabe, Maria De Iuliis, Alex Watts, Julia Borsari, Regina Dutz, Emily Herzig, Rachael Ross, and Samantha Newhart raced a very tight heat. Duquesne finished fourth in 6:15.56 just ahead of La Salle (6:17.33) and just behind Grand Valley State (6:12.31) and Delaware (6:12.52) advancing them to the petite final. Due to the afternoon mix up the JV8 ended up racing in the 3rd level final of the varsity eight. Duquesne crossed the line first in 6:40.0 ahead of varsity eights from the University of Mary Washington (6:58.78) and St. Mary's College of Maryland (7:06.74)
The women's varsity eight (cox: Kristy Pietrone, stroke: Lauren Turner, Courtney Purslow, Hannah Mazur, Marissa Conlin, Emma Riegel, Laura Dunlap, Hannah Olinger, and Lauren Hughes) was the third heat of the morning for Duquesne. In a very tight finish Grand Valley State crossed the line first in 6:14.0 with Drexel second in 6:15.0 and Duquesne third in 6:16.59. Only top two advanced to the grand final so Duquesne was on to the petite final later in the day in which they finished second(6:32.18) behind Washington College (6:27.2) and ahead of teams from UNC (6:33.71), George Mason (6:34.26), La Salle (6:38.88), and Delaware (6:40.60).
All of the fours from the day were straight finals without advancement. Duquense raced a novice four and two varsity fours.
The novice four (cox: Grace Hindes, stroke: Maureen O'Brien, Emily Zborowski, Marta Kessler, and Rachel Swain) raced strong and finished first in 7:06.3 ahead of teams from Bucknell (7:29.6), Delaware (7:34.1), Temple (7:48.7), and Loyola (8:10.7).
In the varsity four, Duquesne's "A" entry (cox: Megan Parmarter, stroke: Derin Ongun, Lindsay Wyllie, Meredith Starczewski, and Katherine Eastwood) finished fifth (5:53.13) in their race just 2 seconds behind UNC (5:51.4) and 10 seconds behind 3rd place Temple (5:43.8). Navy "A" finished first in 5:32.2. Duquesne's "B" entry (cox: Mary Ketchner, stroke: Alexandra Poudrier, Elizabeth Rhodes, Nicole Wozniak, and Victoria Snyder) crossed the line second (7:36.29) in their race less than one second behind first place Navy "C" (7:35.3) and 14 seconds ahead of third place Bucknell "B" (7:50.0).
Overall it was a very strong showing for Duquesne in the midst of some strong winds and difficulty at the start. The team is looking forward to seeing their progress as they travel to Cherry Hill, NJ for the Knecht Cup this Saturday and Sunday.