Rowers Have Successful Showing at Head of the Schuylkill
Oct. 28, 2013
On Saturday, October 26th Duquesne rowing was in Philadelphia for the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta. It was a cold and windy day, but it was an overall successful weekend for the Dukes with top finishes in all events.
The first event of the morning was the Women's Collegiate Open Four in which Duquesne had three entries. In the 40 entry field the sophomore line-up of stroke Meredith Starczewski, Emily Herzig, Emma Riegel, Lauren Hughes and coxswain Michelle Karkos earned the first place gold medal spot with a time of 16:52.23, just .4 of a second ahead of second place Holy Cross (16:52.64). WVU placed third in 16:55.31 with the Duquesne junior line up of stroke Lauren Turner, Courtney Purslow, Hannah Mazur, Gretchen Swabe, and coxswain Megan Parmarter close behind in fourth (16:56.16). The varsity four of stroke Maureen O'Brien, Katherine Eastwood, Nicole Wozniak, Rachel Swain, and coxswain Grace Hindes finished 16th in the strong field in 18:08.15 ahead of varsity fours from Buffalo (18:21.82) and Delaware (18:35.82).
The freshman novice eight was the next event of the morning for the Dukes. The frosh line-up of coxswain Caroline Connors, stroke Alison Kane, Emily Ames, Anne Stevens, Kaitlyn Clem, Mary Kate Keenoy, Jenna Boyd, Maggie English and bow Kaitlyn McConville finished fourth in the 33 boat field with a time of 16:47.80. Old Dominion won the event with a questionable time of 15:37.28 with Navy second (16:37.94), and Buffalo in third (16:39.94). The Dukes finished just two seconds ahead of Holy Cross in fifth (16:49.95) and three seconds ahead of conference team Fordham (16:50.20).
The second varsity eight of coxswain Michelle Karkos, stroke Emily Herzig, Julia Borsari, Alex Watts, Lindsay Wyllie, Emma Riegel, Tory Snyder, Meredith Starczewski, and bow Marta Kessler raced in the Women's Collegiate Open Eight event. With a time of 16:33.00 the Dukes finished fourth just ahead of conference team Temple (16:36.25). The top three finishers were Drexel (16:18.6), Fordham (16:19.37), and Old Dominion (16:31.80).
The final event of the day for the Dukes was the Women's Championship Eight. Within the 20 boat field the line-up of coxswain Megan Parmarter, stroke Lauren Turner, Courtney Purslow, Hannah Mazur, Gretchen Swabe, Hannah Olinger, Marissa Conlin, Regina Dutz, and bow Lauren Hughes finished fourth in a time of 16:02.32, less than 1 second behind third place Drexel (16:01.98) and over 4 seconds ahead of fifth place Old Dominion (16:06.79). The top two finishers in the event were Trinity (15:41.43) and Navy (15:46.37).
The team showed a lot of success and depth at this race. The fourth place finishes were good finishes, but have also pushed the team to want to work a little harder and push their way into the top three.
Up next for the Dukes is the Head of the Occoquan in Fairfax, VA on Saturday, November 2nd. They will again see Navy and some other competitors from this past weekend, but will also see George Washington, St. Joe's, and George Mason for the first time this year.