Red and Blue Rowers Enjoy Successful Knecht Cup Regatta
April 16, 2012
This past weekend the Duquesne women's rowing team was in Cherry Hill, NJ for the Knecht Cup Regatta. The team posted one of its best performances in team history and the freshman four won the first gold medal ever for the Dukes at the event.
The women's varsity eight of cox: Kristy Pietrone, stroke: Derin Ongun, Sam Newhart, Beth Brennan, Liz Rhodes, Laura Dunlap, Rachael Thornton, Maria De Iuliis, and bow: Rachael Ross raced in the most exciting heat of the event with only an 11 second deficit separating first and fifth place. Duquesne (6:59.79) crossed line just 3.5 seconds behind conference foe UMass (6:56.27). Duquesne's time was also faster than those posted by conference teams Fordham (7:12.92) and La Salle (7:13.29).
The women's second varsity eight (cox: Michelle Karkos, stroke: Lauren Turner, Courtney Purslow, Hannah Mazur, Regina Dutz, Hannah Olinger, Julia Borsari, Alex Watts, and Gretchen Swabe) came back from a rough start to finish 4th in their heat just one spot out of semi-final qualification.
Dayton clenched the 3rd place finish with 7:08.85 while the Dukes posted 7:13.80. This time put them ahead of conference teams Fordham (7:25.85) and La Salle (7:29.77).
Also posting a fourth place finish in their heat was the women's varsity four of cox: Megan Parmarter, stroke: Kamryn Thorpe, Alyssa McKernan, Marissa Conlin, and Jennifer Houser. Their posted time put them 2.5 seconds ahead of Dayton who beat them by just 2 seconds at the Marietta Regatta.
The women's freshman/novice eight (cox: Erin Browne, stroke: Tori Snyder, Katherine Eastwood, Nicole Wozniak, Lindsay Wyllie, Em Gorham, Megan Boley, Marissa Gero, and Megan Hufnagel) crossed the line sixth, 5 seconds behind fifth place Penn State.
Duquesne had two fours entered in the freshman/novice four event with a total of 48 entries. The novice four (cox: Erin Browne, stroke: Tori Snyder, Lindsay Wyllie, Nicole Wozniak, Katherine Eastwood) finished fourth in their heat (8:37.72) over 10 seconds ahead of fifth place Colgate (8:48.37).
The best performance of the weekend came from the freshman four of cox: Michelle Karkos, stroke: Lauren Turner, Courtney Purslow, Hannah Mazur, and Gretchen Swabe. The four finished first in their heat on Saturday morning posting the second best time of the 48 entries. In the semi-final Saturday afternoon the Dukes came away with the fastest time of the remaining 18 crews advancing them to the grand final. On Sunday morning the Dukes went up against teams from Villanova, Fairfield, Delaware, Old Dominion, and West Virginia. The Duquesne freshman posted a 7:47.80, 3 seconds ahead of Villanova (7:51.97), and 10 seconds ahead of third place Fairfield (7:57.73) coming away with the first gold medal the Duquesne program has earned at this large event.
This Saturday Duquesne is hosting a hometown race where they will compete against Pitt, Carnegie Mellon, Robert Morris, Rochester, John Carroll, Case Western, and Cleveland State.