Rowing Earns Five Medals in Last Race of Season
Nov. 4, 2013
On Saturday, November 1st Duquesne rowing was in Fairfax, VA competing in the Head of the Occoquan Regatta. It was a successful weekend for the Dukes with many top finishes and five earned medals.
The first event of the day for the Dukes was the collegiate women's eight in which Duquesne had two entries in the field of 33 boats. The varsity eight of Lauren Turner, Courtney Purslow, Hannah Mazur, Gretchen Swabe, Hannah Olinger, Marissa Conlin, Regina Dutz, Lauren Hughes, and coxswain Megan Parmarter finished 3rd in a time of 17:33.04 while the second varsity eight of Meredith Starczewski, Emily Herzig, Alex Watts, Julia Borsari, Emma Riegel, Lindsay Wyllie, Marta Kessler, Victoria Snyder, and coxswain Michelle Karkos finished 14th in 18:16.6. Georgetown captured first in 16:59.28 with George Washington in second at 17:22.23. The varsity eight also beat conference teams St. Joe's (17:52.65), George Mason (17:52.66, and La Salle (18:42.90). The second varsity eight was fourth among second varsity eights finishing 7 seconds behind the 2V from George Washington and 2 seconds ahead of the 2V from St. Joe's.
The second event of the morning for the Dukes saw the women's frosh four winning a gold medal in the novice 4 event. Alison Kane, Emily Ames, Anne Stevens, Kaitlyn Clem, and coxswain Caroline Connors finished in 21:05.82. Second and third were clenched by WVU at 21:19.49 and 21:54.94 respectively.
The women's novice eight event of 24 boats had two entries including the frosh eight and the novice eight. The line-up of Alison Kane, Emily Ames, Anne Stevens, Kaitlyn Clem, Mary Kate Keenoy, Emily Daley, Maggie English, and Jenna Boyd finished 7th in 19:16.95 which was 15 seconds behind 6th place GW. The novice eight of Amy Spigelmyer, Beth Sheridan, Margot Gagen, Serenity Wallace, Kayla Eick, Emma Szabo, Erin Holden, Faith Musinski, and coxswain Brittany Blackburn finished 18th in 22:14.59. Navy won the event in 17:43.61.
The final event of the day for the Dukes was the women's varsity four in which Duquesne had three entries in the 37 boat field. The A entry of Meredith Starczewski, Emily Herzig, Emma Riegel, Lauren Hughes, and coxswain Michelle Karkos finished second in 19:19.56, while the B entry of Lauren Turner, Courtney Purslow, Hannah Mazur, Gretchen Swabe, and coxswain Megan Parmarter finished fourth in 19:32.66. The C entry of Maureen O'Brien, Katherine Eastwood, Nicole Wozniak, Rachel Swain, and coxswain Grace Hindes finished 29th in 21:32.28. The winning boat was from George Washington University (19:01.72). Due to ten number of entries the A and B entries for Duquesne earned medals.
It was a very successfully end to the season for the varsity squad. This was just the first of three races for the novice group this season. This Friday the novices will travel to WVU for a scrimmage with their novices then return home to scrimmage the novices from Pitt and CMU on Saturday.