Rowers Finish Fall Slate at Head of the Occoquan
Nov. 3, 2012
Last weekend Duquesne Rowing finished out a strong fall season with a successful showing at the Head of the Occoquan Regatta in Fairfax, VA. Racing against top teams from Navy and Georgetown, while also seeing conference teams George Washington, St. Joseph's, and La Salle, the Dukes brought home 5 medals in all.
The first race of the morning on Saturday was the Women's Collegiate 8 in which Duquesne had two entries with the event holding 34 entries total. The Duquesne A boat of coxswain: Megan Parmarter, stroke: Lauren Turner, Courtney Purslow, Hannah Mazur, Julia Borsari, Alex Watts, Laura Dunlap, Rachael Ross, and bow: Gretchen Swabe finished fifth in a time of 17:30.04, over 13 seconds ahead of 6th place St. Joseph's A entry. The Duquesne B entry of cox: Michelle Karkos, stroke: Amanda Wassenberg, Maria De Iuliis, Regina Dutz, Marissa Conlin, Liz Rhodes, Lindsay Wyllie, Hannah Olinger, and bow: Lauren Hughes finished 8th in a time of 17:50.64, just under 5 seconds ahead of the B entry from Georgetown (17:55.26) and ahead of the St. Joe's (18:23.75) and GW B (18:54.73) entries. Due to the high number of entries in the event the A entry claimed a 5th place medal in this event.
The next race of the morning for the Dukes was the Collegiate Women's Novice 4+ in which Duquesne also had two entries in the 20 entry field. Finishing first in a time of 20:09.29 was the freshman four of cox: Mary Clair, stroke: Emily Zborowski, Emily Herzig, Emma Riegel, and bow: Meredith Starczewski. The second place boat was Pitt in 20:59.76. The Duquesne B entry of cox: Marissa Gero, stroke: Erin Sanborn, Shannon Dorr, Natalie Avsec, and bow: Nicole Wozniak finished 8th in 22:37.09. This was the first collegiate race ever for most of these girls and they finished just over 7 seconds behind the A entry from La Salle.
To start of the the afternoon Duquesne again raced two entries in the Women's Collegiate Novice 8 event which held 26 total entries. The freshman eight of cox: Mary Clair, stroke: Amanda Wassenberg, Emily Zborowski, Emily Herzig, Emma Riegel, Meredith Starczewski, Lauren Hughes, Lexie Poudrier, and Maureen O'Brien had their first true test of the fall when they went up against other freshmen boats from Navy and George Washington. The Dukes finished second in 18:44.69 behind first place Navy (18:25.72) and ahead of conference team George Washington (18:49.23). The B entry for the Dukes was again the first collegiate race for 7 of the 8 first year rowers. The line-up of cox: Grace Hindes, stroke: Natalie Avsec, Shannon Dorr, Erin Sanborn, Megan Malone, Rachel Swain, Nicole Wozniak, Marta Kessler, and bow: Brandi Wian finished finished 20th in a time of 22:26.43, less than 2 seconds behind the A entry from Virginia Commonwealth University and a little over one second ahead of the A entry from the University of Mary Washington.
The final race of the day for the Dukes was the Women's Collegiate 4 in which Duquesne entered 3 boats in the 31 boat race. The senior line-up of cox: Kristy Pietrone, stroke: Rachael Ross, Maria De Iuliis, Liz Rhodes, and bow: Laura Dunlap finished second to George Mason in 19:21.13 (GMU finished is 19:16.13). Close behind in third place was the sophomore line-up of cox: Michelle Karkos, stroke: Lauren Turner, Courtney Purslow, Hannah Mazur, and bow: Gretchen which finished in 19:38.79. The third entry for Duquesne of cox: Mary Ketchner, stroke: Lindsay Wyllie, Alex Watts, Katherine Eastwood, and bow: Tori Snyder finished 15th in 20:40.20 just 5 seconds ahead of the third entries from GMU and St. Joe's.
"Overall this was a very successful race for our team and a great close to the varsity fall season. We have had the opportunity to see many of our conference teams this fall and we are able to see where we stand at this stage of the game. There is still a lot of work to be done and a lot of speed to be gained, but our team has showed a great deal of depth with the performance at this race. As long as we keep working hard from top to bottom we can have a very successful year." -Coach Joe Setting
The last race of the fall will be this Saturday where the first year freshmen will race against other first year freshmen from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University on the Allegheny River.