Rowers Finish Eighth at 2011 Atlantic 10 Championship

April 18, 2011



On Saturday, April 16th the Duquesne women's rowing team competed in their Atlantic-10 Championship Regatta battling 18-20 mph head winds. The schedule was adjusted and condensed to assure as much racing as possible before a major threat of weather and cancellations.

The women's varsity eight started off the morning with their heat racing against URI, Temple, Fordham, and La Salle. The boat of cox: Kristy Pietrone, stroke: Derin Ongun, Taylor Shannon, Maria, Scinico, Beth Brennan, Katie Arias, Kelly Beck, Rachael Thornton, and bow: Maria De Iuliis battled into the wind holding tight with Temple and Fordham to the 1500m mark. With 500m meters to go Temple and Fordham made a small move that the Dukes were not able to counter. Duquesne finished fourth in 8:49.7, just eight second behind third place Fordham, which advanced them to the Petite Final along with George Washington and La Salle later that morning. The same conditions ensued for the finals and the women once again battled down the course along side GW and La Salle. GW came on strong in the second thousand and finished first with a time of 8:42.5, Duquesne was second with 9:06.0, and La Salle was third with a time of 9:10.4. Dayton went on to win the event in the Grand Final.

The second boat to battle the conditions that morning was the women's second varsity eight. The boat of cox: Mary Ketchner, stroke: Emma Keller, Sam Newhart, Liz Rhodes, Maggie Brophy, Stephanie King, Laura Dunlap, Aly Enslen, and bow: Megan Parmarter raced one of their strongest races of the season despite the conditions. They battled the full 2000m along side Fordham and were edged out at the finish by the Rams. The Dukes missed advancing to the grand final by less than five seconds crossing the line in 9:19.1 behind Fordham's 9:14.7. In the Petite Final later that morning the Dukes were only up against the JV 8 from Temple. The Duquesne women got out front early and continued to move away finishing first in a time of 9:20.1 which was over 30 seconds ahead of Temple's 9:53.4. The Dukes also posted a better time than the Dayton Flyers who finished 6th in the grand final with a 9:29.3.



The varsity four of cox: Michelle Karkos, stroke: Rachael Ross, Colleen Cannan, Hannah Olinger, and bow Meghan McNichol had more of a battle with the conditions during their race. In a strong heat with boats from URI, St. Joe's, and Fordham the Duquesne women finished fourth in a time of 11:12.1, about 15 seconds off of the Fordham Rams who finished third. In the Petite Final later that morning the Dukes still had trouble with the stiff head wind, where they were up against boats from George Washington, and La Salle. George Washington had more success in the wind and finished first in the petite final. The Duquesne women finished second over one minute ahead of the boat from La Salle. The Dukes also posted a better time than the four from Temple in the Grand Final.

The last event of the day for the Dukes was the women's second varsity four. The boat of cox: Olivia Twomey, stroke: Regina Dutz, Hilary Lovett, Teresa Guzik, and bow: Kamryn Thorpe raced a straight final against boats from URI, Fordham, GW, Dayton, and La Salle. This young crew handled the conditions of the morning very well and had a great battle down the course with the four from Fordham. The Dukes crossed the line in third just four seconds behind the Rams and eight seconds in front of the boat from George Washington. URI won the event.

The race was cancelled before the quad event due to high winds.

While three of the four boats for Duquesne did not advance from heats it was still a great showing for the Dukes. The weather this spring has been challenging for the team and has kept them off the water for most of the season. Each week the team has shown improvement with only work that can be done on land.

"It is difficult to finish your racing season with two weeks of erg training, but the women stayed focused and did what they could do to improve," said Assistant Coach Jenn Langzettel. "I am confident that if we were on the water we have seen a better outcome. The weather on race day was also challenging and with little water training as it was, the women did what they could do to combat the conditions."

Three schools finished in a three-way tie for first place as Massachusetts and Rhode Island joined Saint Joseph's with 45 points. The Hawks owned the tiebreaker between the tied teams which reverted back to the overall finish in the Varsity 8 competition. Saint Joseph's finished second in the Varsity 8 (8:04.45) followed by Massachusetts in third (8:07.95) and Rhode Island in fourth (8:09.26).

Massachusetts was awarded second place for the overall championship, while Rhode Island finished third. Rounding out this year's field was Dayton in fourth (41 points), Fordham in fifth (27), George Washington in sixth (24), Temple in seventh (23), Duquesne in eighth (14) and La Salle in ninth (4).

Taylor Shannon was awarded a spot on the second team Atlantic-10 All Conference Championship Team


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