Dukes Compete for Knecht Cup
April 16, 2018


- The Duquesne rowing team participated in the Knecht Cup on Saturday on Mercer Lake in the Dukes' final official race before the Atlantic 10 Championship in early May. 

Originally scheduled as a two-day event, race officials called for a condensed schedule on Saturday due to some inclement weather appearing in Sunday's forecast. 

The Knecht Cup marked Duquesne's second straight race in New Jersey following last weekend's Cooper Invite. The Dukes will return to New Jersey on May 5 for the 2018 Atlantic 10 Championship which will also occur on the Cooper River.  

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 Duquesne novice eight with coxswain Sarah Coltson, Talia Roth, Hannah Reed, Angelina Van Sprang, Sabrina Vazquez, Rachel Parshall, Hayley Meyer, Hannah Straub and Celia Gambacorta raced a straight final later in the day and crossed the line in sixth place behind novice eights from Pitt and Villanova. 

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.

Head coach Jenn Langzettel: "This was a great race weekend with some conference teams and other strong competition. The women performed quite well after what was one of our toughest training weeks of the season so far.  We are looking forward to our progress at home the next couple of weeks while we prepare for our Atlantic 10 Championship."  


The Dukes will face off with intrastate foes Mercyhurst, Pittsburgh and Robert Morris in a scrimmage next Saturday, April 21 on the Allegheny River. 


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