Rowing Wraps up Season with a Successful Showing at Dad Vail Regatta
May 14, 2013
On Friday May 9th the Duquesne women began a weekend of racing in Philadelphia at the 75th Dad Vail Regatta. This year the Dukes brought a full complement of varsity boats as well as a novice eight.
The first boat to race Friday morning was the women's varsity four of cox Megan Parmarter, stroke Victoria Snyder, Elizabeth Rhodes, Derin Ongun, and Nicole Wozniak. This event began with 35 entries. In a great race Duquesne finished second in 7:24.599, just 2.5 seconds behind Northwestern (7:22.087) and 2.2 seconds ahead of Lehigh in third (7:26.751). The top three boats advanced to the semi-final on Saturday morning. In a very tight semi-final the boat crossed the line third in 7:51.053. The boats from Western Ontario (7:38.835) and Drexel (7:45.703) advanced on to the final later that day. Duquesne missed advancing with its third place finish, but edged out the varsity four from Temple (7:51.661) by less than one second. This four beat Duquesne just one week before at the Atlantic 10 Championship.
The women's freshman/novice eight raced its heat on Friday afternoon going up against boats from Lehigh, Purdue, Delaware, and Ohio University out of the field of 30 entries. The line-up of cox Mary Clair, stroke Maureen O'Brien, Emily Zborowski, Erin Sanborn, Rachel Swain, Marta Kessler, Shannon Dorr, Jenna Boyd, and Megan Malone finished second in their heat (7:26.595) behind the eight from Lehigh (7:21.639), but ahead of the eight from Purdue (7:30.427) who had beat them earlier this season. These three boats advanced to the semi-final on Saturday morning. In the semi-final the Dukes finished third (7:17) behind Western Ontario (7:03) and Florida University (7:11), and ahead of Dayton (7:28), Penn State (7:34), and Fairfield (7:50).
The final race of Friday afternoon for the Dukes was the heat for the women's JV eight of cox Michelle Karkos, stroke Gretchen Swabe, Maria De Iuliis, Alexandra Watts, Julia Borsari, Regina Dutz, Emily Herzig, Rachael Ross, and Samantha Newhart. The Dukes finished their heat fourth in 7:20. Drexel crossed the line first (7:06) with Dayton in second (7:12), and St. Joseph's third (7:18). Rounding out the heat was Middlebury in fifth (7:33) and Villanova (7:56). With 18 entries in the event only the top two boats from this race advanced to the final on Saturday afternoon with no semi-final for this event.
The women's varsity eight of cox Kristy Pietrone, stroke Lauren Turner, Courtney Purslow, Hannah Mazur, Marissa Conlin, Emma Riegel, Laura Dunlap, Hannah Olinger, and Lauren Hughes raced their heat on Friday morning. With 30 entries in the event 1st place only advanced directly to the semi-final while the rest of the field advanced to a repechage later in the day. Duquesne finished 3rd in their heat (6:54) behind boats from Purdue (6:42) and Colgate (6:47), but ahead of boats from San Diego State (7:01), and Penn State (7:18). In the repechage that afternoon Duquesne went up against many of its Atlantic 10 teams. With the top three advancing to the semi-final Saturday morning the finishing order was UMass (6:59), Dayton (7:01), Duquesne (7:02), St. Joseph's (7:13), Marquette (8:07), and Albany (8:32). In the semi-final on Saturday morning Duquesne then went up against conference teams Temple and Fordham. With the top two advancing to the grand final that afternoon Temple finished first in 6:55 while Duquesne finished a close second in 6:59. Drexel (7:02) and UConn (7:13) advanced to the petite final while Marist (7:19) and Fordham (7:22) were eliminated. With this being just the second year that Duquesne has ever raced a varsity eight at this regatta, this is the first time the boat has made the grand final. In a great race that included four Atlantic 10 teams Duquesne finished fourth in 6:44. First place was Grand Valley State (6:30), second was UMass (6:39.240), third was Bucknell (6:39.838), fifth was Temple (6:52), and sixth was Dayton (6:54).
Overall it was a great showing for the team as a whole. "One of our team goals was to build and be competitive in all boats this season so that we could take our full complement of boats to this regatta and advance out of the heats," said Coach Jenn Langzettel. "We are very proud of our whole team for what they accomplished this season and at this race. We are especially pleased with the performance of the varsity eight and look forward to what the team can accomplish next year. While we are losing key players in our six seniors we still had a very young team this year and are only losing one rower and our coxswain from the varsity eight. With the depth that we have shown and the recruits that are joining us next year we are confident we will continue to see growth and success."