Oct. 10, 2017
MORGANTOWN, W.V. - The Duquesne rowing team faced off with host West Virginia and Dayton in a scrimmage on Saturday on the Monongahela River in Morgantown. This marked the Dukes' final fall tune-up before the fall season officially begins later this month.
Duquesne started the day with a round of piecing consisting of two Dukes eights going up against an eight from WVU and an eight from Dayton, as well as a pair of fours versus a four from WVU and a four from Dayton.
Head coach Jenn Langzettel stated that the goal of Saturday's scrimmage was to get in a few pieces against outside competition.
"We have made a few technical adjustments to our rowing this fall and we wanted to see our women maintain those aspects while going up against the outside competition," Langzettel said. "While it is always nice to see our bow ball out front that was not the main goal of the day. We felt our eights and fours performed well and maintained most aspects of what we have been working on. There is still a lot of work to be done."
In the second round of racing on the day, the Dukes split their eights into fours and put two fours into an eight.
"We were disappointed with our performance in the second round of piecing," Langzettel noted. "The women let some fatigue get to them and resorted back to some old ways."
Duquesne will have three weeks to prepare for the first official event of the season when the Dukes travel to Philadelphia for the Head of the Schuylkill on Saturday, Oct. 28.
"We learned a lot more as a team this past weekend in terms of where we are and what we need to continue to work on to gain more speed throughout the year," Langzettel said. "While having your bow ball our front right now is fun, if that is all we focus on, we will fall short of our goals in the spring.
We are working on focusing on the process this fall to get us where we want to be in the spring, not on the results right now. It was nice to see our bow ball out front in the V8 and the Frosh 4 for our first round of piecing which shows we are moving in the right direction. I am looking forward to our next few weeks of training and how what we will gain in that time as we head into the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta at the end of the month."
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