Dukes Finish Fourth at Atlantic-10 Championship
May 6, 2013
On Saturday, May 4th Duquesne Rowing was in Cherry Hill, NJ for their Atlantic-10 Conference Championship. It was the most successful showing for the team at the Championship with all of the varsity boats advancing to the grand final and the team's best finish since the points system changed.
In the morning heats, the varsity eight of coxswain: Kristy Pietrone, stroke: Lauren Turner, Courtney Purlsow, Hannah Mazur, Marissa Conlin, Emma Riegel, Laura Dunlap, Hannah Olinger, and Lauren Hughes finished second in a time of 7:06.32, a little less than 5 seconds off first place George Washington University (7:01.79) and less than a second ahead of third place Dayton (7:06.57). Temple finished fourth in 7:10.77. In the final the Dukes finished fifth.
The second varsity eight of coxswain: Michelle Karkos, stroke: Gretchen Swabe, Maria De Iuliis, Alex Watts, Julia Borsari, Regina Dutz, Emily Herzig, Rachael Ross, and Samantha Newhart crossed the line third in their heat posting a time of 7:24.06. They were less than one second behind second place George Washington (7:23.41) and over 10 seconds ahead of fourth place St. Joseph's (7:35.04). UMass won the heat in 7:19.21. In the final the Dukes finished fifth again.
The varsity four of coxswain: Megan Parmarter, stroke: Victoria Snyder, Elizabeth Rhodes, Derin Ongun, and Nicole Wozniak finished first in their heat posting a time of 8:21.04. This was five seconds faster than second place UMass (8:26.34) and 15 seconds faster than thirds place Dayton (8:36.13). St. Joseph's rounded out the field in fourth (8:40.27). In a tight final the Dukes claimed the third place spot less than 3 seconds behind Temple in second place and almost 2 seconds ahead of fourth place UMass. This finish earned a bronze medal.
The second varsity four of coxswain: Mary Ketchner, stroke: Meredith Starczewski, Lindsay Wyllie, Alyssa McKernan, and Katherine Eastwood raced in a straight final later in the day. Their time of 8:55.53 earned them a third place finish just four seconds behind URI (8:51.44) and over 10 seconds ahead of fourth place George Washington (9:08.88). This finish earned a bronze medal.
The novice eight event was also a straight final later in the day. The line-up of coxswain: Mary Clair, stroke: Maureen O'Brien, Emily Zborowski, Erin Sanborn, Rachel Swain, Marta Kessler, Shannon Dorr, Jenna Boyd, and Megan Malone crossed the line first in 7:52.19 ahead of boats from Temple, URI, La Salle, and Fordham.
The novice four was the final event of the day for the Dukes. The line-up of coxswain: Grace Hindes, stroke: Meredith Starczewski, Emily Herzig, Emma Riegel, and Lauren Hughes finished first in a straight final of three boats. Posting a time of 8:40.82 put them almost 30 seconds ahead of second place Dayton (9:07.56) and well ahead of the third place boat from George Washington (9:26.95).
This was a very successful showing for the Dukes and a historic day for the program. The team as a whole posted 32 points to finish fourth overall. In fifth place just one point back was Temple and Dayton was sixth with 30 points. Rhode Island finished first overall with 49 point and won an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship. Duquesne will look to continue its growth and gain more speed to move further up in the standings next year. The final race of the season for the Dukes will be the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia May 10th and 11th. They will race in the women's varsity eight, the women's JV eight, the women's freshman/novice eight, and the women's varsity four events.