Red and Blue Have Strong Showing at Knecht Cup Regatta
April 15, 2013
Duquesne had a windy weekend for racing while in Cherry Hill, NJ for the Knecht Cup Regatta. Racing against teams from all over the East Coast and Midwest, the Dukes had one of their best ever showings at this race.
The first of the seven Duquesne entries to race on Saturday morning were the women's varsity fours. The first varsity four of cox: Megan Parmarter, stroke: Katherine Eastwood, Alyssa McKernan, Lindsay Wyllie, and Derin Ongun finished third in their heat behind fours from UMass and Colgate while finishing ahead of Philadelphia, Marist, and Pitt. Unfortunately only the top two from their heat advanced on to the semi finals. While they did not advance they did post a better time than the varsity four from conference foe Fordham in the heat prior.
The second varsity four (cox: Mary Ketchner, stroke: Meredith Starczewski, Elizabeth Rhodes, Tory Snyder, and Nicole Wozniak) raced in the second varsity four event finishing second in their heat behind Boston College and ahead of teams from Fairfield, Temple, Villanova, and UConn. This advanced them to the semi final later in the day where they placed fifth. Only the top 3 teams from each semi advanced to the final.
The third event of Saturday morning for the Dukes was the women's novice four in which Duquesne had two entries. The A entry of cox: Mary Clair, Maureen O'Brien, Emily Zborowski, Marta Kessler, and Rachel Swain crossed the line second behind Fairfield automatically advancing them to the semi-final later in the day. The B entry of cox: Marissa Gero, stroke: Erin Sanborn, Shannon Dorr, Jenna Boyd, and Megan Malone finished fourth in what was one of the faster heats of the event and advanced to the semi-final based on their time. Both Duquesne boats were in the same semi-final that afternoon and finished third and fourth advancing them both to the petite final on Sunday morning. In that final the Duquesne finished first and second and each posted a better time than the 6th place boat in the grand final and the A entry posted a better time than the fifth place grand final boat.
All of the novices from the fours also competed in the women's novice eight event. The line-up of cox: Mary Clair, stroke: Maureen O'Brien, Emily Zborowski, Marta Kessler, Rachel Swain, Erin Sanborn, Shannon Dorr, Jenna Boyd, Megan Malone raced in one of the fastest heats of the event and finished fifth. While they did not finish in the top three their time was fast enough to advance them to the semi final that afternoon. In a great race Duquesne's novice eight finished fourth, less than 3 seconds behind Holy Cross and a little over 2 seconds ahead of Pitt. This fourth place finish advanced them to the Petite Final on Sunday. In their final race of the weekend after having come down the course 5 times already the novice eight finished fifth in the petite final about 5 seconds behind fourth place Kansas and over 20 seconds ahead of the novice eight from UMass.
The women's second varsity eight of cox: Michelle Karkos, stroke: Gretchen Swabe, Maria De Iuliis, Alex Watts, Julia Borsari, Regina Dutz, Emily Herzig, Rachael Ross, and Sam Newhart raced a strong heat and finished fourth less than 1 second behind the Wisconsin Lightweight entry. While they did not finish in the top 3 to automatically advance their time was fast enough to advance them to the semi-final. They posted a better time than conference team entries from Fordham, La Salle, and Temple, and had a time just 1 second behind that of Dayton. Later that afternoon the Dukes were in the fastest semi final of the event. Crossing the line fifth they advanced to the third level final. In that final on Sunday afternoon the women finished second less than one second behind the Wisconsin Lightweights and four seconds ahead of Temple. Their time was also faster than that of conference team Dayton who was in the petite final and UMass who was in the grand final.
The final entry of the weekend for the Dukes was the women's varsity eight of cox: Kristy Pietrone, stroke: Lauren Turner, Courtney Purslow, Hannah Mazur, Marissa Conlin, Emma Riegel, Laura Dunlap, Hannah Olinger, and Lauren Hughes. In what was the fastest heat of the event the Dukes crossed the line fourth just two seconds behind both Temple and Kansas who clenched second and third spots. Only the top three from this event advanced, but the Duquesne women posted a better time than conference teams UMass, Fordham, Dayton, and La Salle.
Overall it was a very successful weekend for the Dukes and they are looking to make some improvements and gain speed over the next few weeks to prepare for the Atlantic-10 Championship in May. The next race for Duquesne is the hometown Car-Du-Pitt on the Allegheny River this Saturday, April 20th.