Duquesne Rowing Opens Season With Successful Showing at Head of the Ohio
Oct. 7, 2013
Duquesne rowing kicked off its fall season Saturday at the 27th Head of the Ohio on the Allegheny River here in Pittsburgh.
The first event of the morning for Duquesne was the Women's Open Single. In the event for the Dukes were Katherine Eastwood, Maureen O'Brien, and Nicole Wozniak. Rounding out the top three with a third place finish and a bronze medal was Maureen O'Brien with Nicole Wozniak finishing fourth, and Katherine Eastwood finishing fifth.
The next event of the morning for the Dukes was the Women's Open Eight in which Duquesne entered 2 varsity eights, a freshman eight, and an alumni eight. In total the event had 18 entries. The "A" entry of coxswain: Michelle Karkos, stroke: Lauren Turner, Courtney Purslow, Hannah Mazur, Marissa Conlin, Emma Riegel, Regina Dutz, Hannah Olinger, and bow: Gretchen Swabe finished second in 15:35.44, less than 1 second behind the "A" entry from West Virginia University who clenched first in 15:34.66.
Duquesne's "B" entry of coxswain: Megan Parmarter, stroke: Alex Watts, Rachel Swain, Emily Herzig, Julia Borsari, Victoria Snyder, Lindsay Wyllie, Meredith Starczewski, and bow: Marta Kessler finished fifth in 16:08.85, which was a little more than 1 second behind the "B" entry from West Virginia who crossed the line in 16:07.80.
Duquesne's Freshman Eight of coxswain: Caroline Connors, stroke: Alison Kane, Emily Ames, Anne Stevens, Kaitlyn Clem, Mary Kate Keenoy, Jenna Boyd, Michaela Beucler, and bow: Kaitlyn McConville finished ninth crossing the line in 16:44.97, over 5 seconds ahead of 10th place Three Rivers Rowing (16:52.48) and almost 1 minute ahead of the "C"entry from West Virginia (17:41.83).
The Alumni Eight of coxswain: Elizabeth (Mills) Bailey ('08), stroke: Chelsea (Breitenbach) Dzubak ('10), Halyna Tarnawskyj ('08), Jennifer McDonald ('08), Mary Deet ('10), Rachael Thornton ('12), Kelly Beck ('11), Katherine Arias ('11), and bow: Brittany DelPizzo ('09) had a great race and finished 12th out of the 18 entries just 7 seconds behind the alumni entry from Pitt and a full 15 seconds ahead of the "B" entry from Marietta.
Racing that afternoon Duquesne had 5 entries in the Women's Varsity Four event, including an alumni four. Out of a field of 27 boats Duquesne finished 3rd, 4th, 5th, 10th, and 17th. The sophomore boat ("C" entry) of stroke: Meredith Starczewski, Emily Herzig, Emma Riegel, bow: Lauren Hughes, and coxswain: Grace Hindes finished 3rd in 17:45.42, the junior boat ("A" entry) of stroke: Lauren Turner, Courtney Purslow, Hannah Mazur, bow: Gretchen Swabe, and coxswain: Michelle Karkos finished fourth in 17:47.42, and the "B" entry of stroke: Alex Watts, Rachel Swain, Hannah Olinger, bow: Julia Borsari, and coxswain: Megan Parmarter finished 5th in 17:56.27. In first was WVU "A" in 17:41.41 and in second was Marietta College "A" in 17:43.04.
The freshman four of stroke: Alison Kane, Emily Ames, Anne Stevens, bow: Kaitlyn McConville, and coxswains: Caroline Connors rounded out the top 10 in 18:32.43 just 6 seconds ahead of Marietta "B" in 11th. The alumni four of stroke: Rachael Ross ('13), Maria De Iuliis ('13), Elizabeth Rhodes ('13), bow: Laura Dunlap ('13), and coxswain Kristy Pietrone ('13) finished 17th out of the 27 boat field in 19:01.54 beating out Liberty "A", WVU "C", and Robert Morris "B".
Overall if was a great start to the season for the Dukes and the coaching staff is pleased with the results. There is more speed that can be gained over the next few weeks as the team prepares for The Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, October 26th.