Dukes Take Part in George Washington Invitational Regatta
April 9, 2012
Over the Easter weekend the Duquesne Women's Rowing Team participated in the 25th Annual George Washington Invitational Regatta on the Potomac River in Washington, DC. Racing began on Friday afternoon with the Dukes going up against the Engineers from MIT. Racing resumed on Saturday with the Dukes racing George Washington University during the morning racing session and Saint Joseph's University during the afternoon racing session.
The varsity eight line-up of coxswain Kristy Pietrone, stroke Derin Ongun, Samantha Newhart, Beth Brennan, Elizabeth Rhodes, Laura Dunlap, Rachael Thornton, Maria De Iuliis, and bow Rachael Ross had its best showing of the weekend in its last race of the weekend against the varsity eight from Saint Joseph's University. The Dukes (6:45.6) finished just 13.6 seconds behind the Hawks (6:32.0). The Dukes gained speed throughout the weekend having finished 22 seconds behind MIT and 20 seconds behind George Washington who edged out Saint Joseph's by 4 seconds on Friday afternoon.
The second varsity eight of cox Michelle Karkos, stroke Lauren Turner, Courtney Purslow, Hannah Mazur, Regina Dutz, Hannah Olinger, Julia Borsari, Alex Watts, and bow Gretchen Swabe showed strong performances throughout the weekend. Their strongest performance came on Saturday morning with the Dukes (6:55.5) finishing just 7 seconds behind the Colonials (6:48.5) of George Washington University. On Friday afternoon the Dukes finished 12 seconds behind MIT and Saturday afternoon they finished 13 seconds behind the second eight from SJU.
The varsity four of cox Megan Parmarter, stroke Kamryn Thorpe, Alyssa McKernan, Marissa Conlin, and bow Jennifer Houser had it best performance of the weekend against the Hawks from SJU on Saturday afternoon. The Dukes (8:04.1) finished 21 seconds behind the Hawks (7:43.60). They finished 26 seconds behind MIT on Friday and 31 seconds behind GW on Saturday afternoon.
The novice eight of cox Erin Browne, stroke Tori Snyder, Katherine Eastwood, Emily Gorham, Lindsay Wyllie, Marissa Gero, Megan Boley, Nicole Wozniak, and bow Megan Parmarter raced in the third varsity eight event for the weekend. Their best race of the weekend was against George Washington University on Saturday morning. The Dukes (7:40.9) finished 18 seconds behind the Colonials (7:22.6). In their other races throughout the weekend they finished 32 seconds behind MIT and 46 seconds behind SJU.
This was the first time the Dukes have been invited to this event and the coaches were proud of the performance that the team put forth. The next race for Duquesne is this weekend at the Knecht Cup in Cherry Hill, NJ.