Duquesne Rowing Celebrates its 25th Anniversary by Earning Three Medals at the Head of the Ohio
Oct. 1, 2011
This fall marks the 25th anniversary of the inception of Duquesne Rowing. To celebrate this milestone the team hosted its first ever banquet bringing together current rowers, parents, and alumni. Old teammates had an opportunity to connect and get to know some of the current rowers, while parents got to spend time with and get to know one another. Many of the alumni got together again on Saturday morning to race an alumni boat in the 25th running of the Head of the Ohio Regatta here in Pittsburgh while the Duquesne women finished the day with 3 boats medaling.
In the chilly wet weather on Saturday morning the first event of the day for the Duquesne women was the open eight event. Duquesne had one varsity entry and one alumni boat racing in this event. The Varsity eight (cox: Kristy Pietrone, stroke: Derin Ongun, Maria De Iuliis, Rachael Thornton, Regina Dutz, Hannah Olinger, Laura Dunlap, Sam Newhart, and Rachael Ross) finished third to West Virginia University and Three Rivers Rowing Association in a field of 11. With a time of 16:15.49 and a stronger performance than last year the eight was just 16 seconds off of first place WVU (15:59.20) and 1.5 seconds off of second place TRRA (16:13.77). The women's alumni eight finished 9th in 17:54.52, almost 40 seconds ahead of the Carnegie Mellon Alumni boat that finished 10th in 18:33.37.
Just 20 minutes later the Duquesne freshman four of cox: Megan Parmarter, stroke: Lauren Turner, Courtney Purslow, Hannah Mazur, and Gretchen Swabe blew away their competition and finished first in the Frosh/Novice four event with a time (18:15.46) that put them almost a full two minutes ahead of second place Pitt (20:05.38).
The rain continued into afternoon and so did the racing. Duquesne raced two women's varsity fours (cox: Michelle Karkos, stroke: Hilary Lovett, Courtney Purslow, Sam Newhart, Laura Dunlap and cox: Megan Parmarter, stroke: Hannah Olinger, Regina Dutz, Stephanie King, Kamryn Thorpe) which finished 9th and 10th and less than 1 second apart (18:46.45 and 18:47.09 respectively) in a field of 22 boats. The four from West Virginia finished first.
Directly following the varsity fours were the lightweight fours. Duquesne's crew of cox: Kristy Pietrone, stroke: Rachael Ross, Maria De Iuliis, Rachael Thornton, and Derin Ongun went up against one of the top lightweight fours in the country from the University of Pittsburgh and finished just 10 second behind Pitt for the second place position with a time of 18:07.08.
Overall it was a great starting point for the Duquesne Women. Over the next two weeks the women will work hard to prepare for the upcoming Head of the Genesee in Rochester, NY where the varsity eight will take on top crews from Cornell, Buffalo, and Syracuse, while the freshman four will race varsity fours from those same programs.