Dukes Fare Well at The Head of the Genesee
Oct. 18, 2011
On Saturday, October 25th Duquesne women's rowing was in Rochester, NY for the Head of the Genesee Regatta. The Head of the Genesee features a unique head race/sprint format. Crews compete in a 3.1 mile morning head race followed by a 1,500-meter sprint in the afternoon. The winners are determined by multiplying the 1,500-meter time by three and adding it to the 3.1 mile time. This regatta is the most challenging regatta of the fall season with Duquesne racing teams from Ivy League Cornell, Syracuse from the Big East Conference, and Buffalo of the Mid-American Conference. Adding to the tough competition were high winds and rain that caused some teams to back out before the afternoon sprints.
The Duquesne women started the day with the women's freshman four of cox: Megan Parmarter, stroke: Lauren Turner, Courtney Purslow, Hannah Mazur, and Gretchen Swabe racing in the women's varsity 4 event. Of the 10 varsity boats entered our freshman four finished 6th overall behind the varsity four from Buffalo. With Buffalo scratching its boats from the afternoon sprint events the Duquesne women went up against the varsity four from D'Youville. They got out to an early lead off of the start and continued to pull away finishing 22 seconds ahead of their opponent, and less than 20 seconds off of the fastest time set by the varsity four from Syracuse.
Duquesne's Varsity 8 of cox: Kristy Pietrone, stroke: Derin Ongun, Maria De Iuliis, Rachael Thornton, Regina Dutz, Hannah Olinger, Laura Dunlap, Rachael Ross, and Samantha Newhart posted a best ever finish for the Dukes since they have begun attending this race. Through a cold and rainy morning Duquesne finished 5th out of 8 women's open eight entries and 6th out of the 22 women's eights that competed in the morning. Their time of 17:50.96 was 8 seconds off of the A boat from Buffalo, and over 30 seconds faster than the B boat from Buffalo. Buffalo scratched its boats from the afternoon sprint portion of the race which allowed the Duquesne women to go side by side with the B eight from Cornell University. With a strong start Duquesne hung even with Cornell for the first 1/3 of the race and slowly fell back as they reached the half-way point. They battled back in the last 500 meters to finish just 8 seconds behind.
Head Coach Joe Setting is happy with the results that the team has seen so far this fall. "As a team, this Fall has so far been one of our strongest to date. We've been generating positive momentum since our first outing at Head of the Ohio and it has continued through Head of the Genesee, as reflected in our best showing since starting to attend the race in 2009. Genesee was top competition, but our schedule features showdowns with other strong teams. Up next will be our annual local regatta against the local Pittsburgh colleges, which is always a fiercely contested event. After that, we will travel to Fairfax, VA, to see our conference foe GW at Head of the Occoquan. We know that although we are improving, and that improvement is reflected in our results, that our competition is also getting better and we must continue to do the same."