This is Duquesne Rowing

THIS IS DUQUESNE ROWING

Being a part of Duquesne rowing means being part of a strong tradition which spans three decades. The program was launched at the club level during the 1986-87 season and gained Division I varsity status in 1995. The following season, the Atlantic 10 Conference added the sport to its repertoire of Championship events. Over its 23-year history, DU rowing has established itself as one of the most competitive programs in the Pittsburgh and surrounding areas as well as a contender in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

From its humble beginnings, Duquesne has taken pride in its successes, which includes the program's first gold medal which was won at the 1999 A-10 Championships when the Novice 4 prevailed and led the Dukes to a seventh place finish. Since that first victory, the Red & Blue has won gold four times and has taken seven silver and 14 bronze medals at the Conference Championship Regatta, with the most recent being the two bronze won by the varsity and second varsity fours and the gold won by the freshman eight at the 2013 Championship.

Academically, Duquesne has had 17 student-athletes make the Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference team a total of 25 times, tying George Washington and trailing only Massachusetts (29) for most all-time in conference history. Additionally, Duquesne is the only school that has won the Atlantic 10 Student-Athlete of the Year three times. Karen Predmore took home the award in 2003 and Colleen McCroskey was the recipient in 2004 and 2005. The Dukes have earned five ESPN the Magazine District 2 Academic All-America honors and one ESPN National Academic All-American.

In August of 2006, a new era of Duquesne rowing began with the hiring of Joe Setting. Just eight months into his tenure, Setting guided the Dukes to third place finish at the Atlantic 10 Women's Rowing Championship. This was the highest finish the program had since joining the A-10 in 1996. In addition, this was the first time that Duquesne won more than one event at the A-10 championships. The Lightweight 4 won their first-ever A-10 Championship event while setting a course record and the Novice 4 won their event for the first time since 1999. In the spring of 2008 the Dukes came home with 3 more medals from the Conference Championship which included a gold medal in the lightweight eight and a silver medal in the quad.

The 2012-13 season was the most successful season in team history. In the fall the Dukes collected a total of 8 medals from 3 regattas including 1st place finishes in events at the Head of the Ohio, the Head of the Genesee, and the Head of the Occoquan. The spring bolstered some strong competition with races against NCAA Division II Champions Nova Southeastern as well as races with NCAA Division I Champions Ohio State. These match ups prepared the women for their Atlantic-10 Championship in which all boats made the grand finals, 3 medals were won, and the team finished fourth overall. The final race of the year was the prestigious Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia in which Duquesne raced a full complement of boats. All boats raced well with the best performance coming from the varsity eight in which Duquesne finished fourth in the grand final.

 

 

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