Novice Squad Wraps up Fall Season With a Busy Weekend
Nov. 11, 2013
This past weekend the Duquesne Rowing novice women finished their fall season with a weekend full of racing. On Friday, November 8th the novices and some freshmen traveled to WVU for a scrimmage with the Mountaineer novice squad on the Monongahela River. The format had two boats from WVU and two boats from Duquesne racing multiple 6 minute pieces side by side up and down a stretch of the Mon.
"It was nice for the novices to have the opportunity to travel on their own and race side by side with some good competition," commented Coach Jenn Langzettel. "WVU has some strong novices that medaled at the Head of the Occoquan just one week prior so it was important to see how much of an impact our final week of practice had. With only 10 novice rowers we included freshmen in our line-ups to fill out two full eights. It was a good day with a lot of tight short pieces to prepare the women for the spring."
The line-ups for the Dukes were Anne Stevens, Emily Ames, Maggie English, Beth Sheridan, Megan Finnerty, Serenity Wallace, Mary Kate Keenoy, Kaitlyn McConville, and cox Caroline Connors, while coxswain Brittany Blackburn led Michaela Beucler, Kaitlyn Clem, Amy Spigelmyer, Emily Daley, Margot Gagen, Emma Szabo, Kayla Eick, and Faith Musinski. The Dukes consistently finished second and third for all of the pieces with WVU taking first and fourth. "There were some tight pieces and some pieces a little more spread out. It shows we need to work on consistency throughout the winter and into spring."
Upon returning from WVU Friday afternoon the Dukes went right back to action Saturday morning competing in the annual Car-Du-Pitt with novices from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. The eight of Maggie English, Beth Sheridan, Amy Spigelmyer, Emily Daley, Megan Finnerty, Serenity Wallace, Kayla Eick, Faith Musinski, and cox Brittany Blackburn finished second to the first eight from Pitt by about one boat length while finishing ahead of the second eight from Pitt and the only eight from CMU. The four of Amy Spigelmyer, Emily Daley, Margot Gagen, Emma Szabo, and cox Brittany Blackburn finished fourth to the frosh four from CMU and two Pitt boats while the line-up of Maggie English, Beth Sheridan, Megan Finnerty, Serenity Wallace, and cox Caroline Connors finished sixth behind a third Pitt boat and ahead of the second CMU entry.
"It was a whirlwind of a weekend for the novices. Some of these girls have only practiced 2-3 times a week throughout the fall while others have been able to practice 5 times a week. I am proud of how they performed over the two days of racing and am excited to see what they can accomplish after a winter of training under their belts," said Coach Jenn.