Rowing Places Sixth at Atlantic 10 Championship
May 5, 2014
On Sunday, May 4th Duquesne women's rowing was on the Occoquan Reservoir in Fairfax, VA for the 2014 Atlantic 10 Conference Championship.
Due to recent flooding racing was delayed two hours to allow more time for officials to clear debris from the course. Throughout the morning the wind picked up and caused a direct head wind on the course.
The first race of the day was the women's varsity four heat. Duquesne's four of cox: Grace Hindes, Mary Kate Keenoy, Emily Ames, Kaitlyn McConville, and Nicole Wozniak finished second behind UMass in a five boat heat to advance to the Grand Final later in the day. In the final the Dukes crossed the line fourth a little less than 2 seconds ahead of the varsity four from George Mason. UMass won the event followed by URI and GW to round out the top three. Fordham finished 6th.
The second varsity eight of coxswain Megan Parmarter, Anne Stevens, Tory Snyder, Alex Watts, Marissa Conlin, Emma Riegel, Emily Herzig, Meredith Starczewski, and Lindsay Wyllie finished third in their four boat heat to advance to the grand final where they finished sixth behind URI, UMass, Fordham, SJU, and GW.
In what turned out to be one of the tightest heats of the morning the varsity eight of coxswain Michelle Karkos, Lauren Turner, Courtney Purslow, Hannah Mazur, Julia Borsari, Gretchen Swabe, Regina Dutz, Hannah Olinger, and Lauren Hughes finished third, less than one second behind Dayton and less than half a second ahead of Fordham. URI won the heat by 2.5 seconds over Dayton. URI, Dayton, and Duquesne advanced to the Grand Final. In the final Duquesne finished sixth behind UMass, URI, SJU, GW, and Dayton.
Overall the Dukes finished sixth in the points standings one point off of fifth place Fordham.
"For the second year in a row, we advanced all our varsity boats to the grand final events at the championship," Head Coach Joseph Setting. "That shows that we continue to have solid depth among our team and within the A10 conference. Our team has a strong presence of underclassman and I feel that the missing link to getting ourselves into a medal position is experience."
This weekend the Dukes will travel to Philadelphia for the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta.