Dukes Compete for Knecht Cup
April 16, 2018
The women’s varsity eight of coxswain Faith Caldiero, Kasie Sayers, Rachel Pierce, Jessica Goldstein, Allison Schmitt, Cassandra Holder, Samantha Dunn, Brittney Raible and Lauren Murray endured a rough start in the heat that saw the Dukes working their way from behind for the duration of the 2000-meter course. Their sixth-place finish advanced them to the third final where they finished in third place behind Holy Cross and Old Dominion while ahead of conference rival George Mason.
The second varsity eight consisting of coxswain Caroline Dirr, Ellen Wenzinger, Elizabeth Giglia, Olivia Delaney, Meredith O’Neil, Maggie Cunningham, Mary Katherine Byrne, Molly Miller and Serena Benages raced a very tight heat the length of the course and crossed the line in 7:06.32, just behind the eights from UMass and Villanova. In the petite final later in the day UMass and Villanova remained out front, while Duquesne finished ahead of Old Dominion and George Mason.
The women’s varsity four with coxswain Mary Clay, Amanda Pellegrino, Caroline Redd, Rachel Kaup and Antonia Maffia completed its heat in 8:06.98, just shy of qualifying for the petite final. In the third final later in the day, the Dukes finished second behind the four from Old Dominion.
The novice four with coxswain Sarah Colston, Rachel Parshall, Hayley Meyer, Hannah Straub and Celia Gambacorta raced a very strong heat finishing third behind the Harvard-Radcliffe lightweights and Jefferson. The Dukes’ advanced to the grand final later in the day where they finished sixth with a mark of 8:48.12.