Dukes take home two medals from Atlantic 10 Championship
May 7, 2012
On Saturday, May 5th the Duquesne women rowers were in Cherry Hill, NJ competing in the Atlantic-10 Championship. The Dukes had six boats race and came away with two medals.
In the women's varsity eight (cox: Kristy Pietrone, stroke: Derin Ongun, Samantha Newhart, Elizabeth Brennan, Elizabeth Rhodes, Maria De Iuliis, Rachael Ross, Laura Dunlap, and Rachael Thornton) finished fourth in their heat behind the crews from George Washington, St. Joseph's, and UMass and advancing to the petite final. In the petite final the Dukes finished 3rd behind Fordham and La Salle.
The women's second eight (cox: Michelle Karkos, stroke: Lauren Turner, Courtney Purslow, Hannah Mazur, Regina Dutz, Hannah Olinger, Julia Borsari, Alex Watts, Gretchen Swabe) had equipment trouble off the start that caused them to row most of the heat with only 7 rowers. They finished fourth in their heat behind the crews from Temple, George Washington, and St. Joseph's. They advanced to the petite final where they finished first 18 seconds ahead of second place Fordham and posted a time that was just 5 seconds off of the 6th place crew in the grand final from St. Joseph's.
The women's varsity four (cox: Megan Parmarter, stroke: Kamryn Thorpe, Victoria Snyder, Marissa Conlin, and Alyssa McKernan) also posted a fourth place finish in heats behind crews from URI, St. Joseph's, and Dayton. In the petite final that afternoon the Dukes posted a second place finish behind the crew from Fordham.
The women's freshman/novice eight (cox: Megan Parmarter, stroke: Lauren Turner, Courtney Purslow, Hannah Mazur, Marissa Conlin, Alex Watts, Julia Borsari, Alyssa McKernan, and Gretchen Swabe) came together after all having raced in other events to post a second place finish just 12 seconds behind a fresh crew from URI and ahead of the novice eight from Temple.
In the women's novice four (cox: Erin Browne, stroke: Lindsay Wyllie, Jennifer Houser, Katherine Eastwood, and Nicole Wozniak) it was a tight race down the course. The crew from George Washington and the Duquesne women battled to the finish with George Washington edging out the Dukes for 3rd by less than one second.
The final event of the day was the women's quad of Rachael Thornton, Derin Ongun, Rachael Ross, and Maria De Iuliis. These accomplished scullers had no trouble crossing the line first in a time of 8:01.99 over 20 seconds ahead of the second place crew from St. Joseph's.
At the end of the day the Duquesne Women tied for 8th overall in points with La Salle.