Rowing Completes Season at Dad Vail Regatta
May 16, 2016
On Friday, May 13th and Saturday, May 14th Duquesne Women's Rowing was on the waters of the Schuylkill River for the 2016 Dad Vail Regatta.
The Dukes raced a varsity eight, junior varsity eight, 3rd varsity eight, varsity four, and freshman four. On Friday the weather brought some rain while Saturday's racing schedule was shifted and condensed due to the forecast of high winds.
The women's varsity four of stroke Shelby Rocco, Antonia Maffia, Meredith Starczewski, Margaret Cunningham, and coxswain Grace Hindes raced in a time trial on Friday afternoon finishing 14th in the 31 boat field to advance to the semi-finals on Saturday morning. With only the top 2 boats advancing to the final from the semi the Dukes finished 5th in a time of 8:00.1. The fours from Drexel and Brock finished first and second to advance.
The women's junior varsity eight (coxswain: Amanda Booth, stroke: Kaitlyn Clem, Emily Ames, Margot Gagen, Madeleine Troppe, Abigail Bailey, Olivia Delaney, Marianna Manfredi, and bow Jenna Boyd) finished 3rd in their heat in 7:16.5 to Fordham (7:09.2) and Drexel (7:10.8) to advance to the final on Saturday. In a final reminiscent of the Atlantic 10 with boats from UMass, Fordham, and Saint Joseph's Duquesne crossed the line fourth behind the JV eights from UMass, Drexel, and Fordham. SJU and Delaware completed the field.
The women's freshman four of stroke Lauren Murray, Lauryn Garretson, Allison Schmitt, Kasie Sayers, and coxswain Mary Clay raced in a heat of 5 boats on Friday morning finishing second behind Central Oklahoma to advance to the semi-final on Saturday morning. The Dukes dominated their semi-final finishing first in 8:01.6 to advance to the final later that day. Rollins College was the second place boat in 8:12.8 also advancing from the semi. In the final the Dukes got out to an early lead and held on throughout the race to claim the first place spot in 8:52.8. Virginia Tech finished second (9:00.7), Rollins third (9:01.0), UMass fourth (9:03.1), Lafayette fifth (9:10.6) and Bowdoin sixth (9:10.9).
The Dukes third varsity eight of Coxswain Caroline Dirr, stroke Kira Butler, Mary Kate Keenoy, Anne Stevens, Morgan Starczewski, Maureen O'Brien, Alison Kane, Sarah Clair, and bow Olivia Szallairaced competed in a straight final on Saturday morning. In a very strong and well fought race the Dukes battled the length of the course with the 3V8 from Fordham. Bucknell won the event in 7:50.5 with Delaware in second (8:02.6). The Dukes won the battle with Fordham crossing the line third in 8:12.2 with Fordham finishing in 8:15.0. Saint Joseph's and Villanova rounded out the sixth boat field (8:19.4 and 8:30.1 respectively).
The women's varsity eight of Coxswain Faith Caldiero, stroke Syndie Pennington, Jessica Goldstein, Samantha Dunn, Lauren Hughes, Emily Herzig, Cassandra Holder, Mary Katherine Byrne, and bow Rachel Swain started the weekend with a first place finish in their heat over the varsity eights from Purdue, Marquette, and Ohio University advancing them directly to the semi-finals on Saturday. In what was another Atlantic 10 battle the Dukes finished second to UMass in the semi-final to advance to the grand final with varsity eights from Saint Joseph's and Dayton finishing third and fourth to advance to the petit final, while Pitt and DePaul did not advance out of the semi. In the grand final the Dukes came up short with a 6th place finish behind UMass, Drexel, Delaware, Fordham, an Grand Valley.
Duquesne finished the weekend in third place in the women's point standings.