Rowing Adds Five Student-Athletes to Class of 2016

June 1, 2012

Duquesne rowing has rounded out its Class of 2016 with five more student-athletes bringing the class to a total of eight. "We are excited to welcome one of our largest recruiting classes in team history," said Head Coach Joe Setting. "Our incoming freshmen boast outstanding athletic and academic accolades and will be strong additions to our team."

Duquense Rowing Class of 2016
Mary Clair - Pittsburgh, PA/Oakland Catholic High School
Maureen O'Brien - Dayton, OH/Archbishop Alter High School
Emily Herzig - Buffalo, NY/Mount Saint Mary Academy
Lauren Hughes - Baldwinsville, NY/Charles W. Baker High School
Emma Riegel - Lutherville, MD/St. Paul's School for Girls
Meredith Starczewski - Syracuse, NY/Charles W. Baker High School
Amanda Wassenberg - Woodbridge, VA/Woodbridge High School
Emily Zborowski - Philadelphia, PA/Julia R. Masterman

Mary Clair is coming to Duquesne from Oakland Catholic High School here is Pittsburgh, PA. Mary has been a four year member of the Oakland Catholic Rowing Team as a coxswain and at the helm of the women's second varsity eight this spring that finished 5th at the 2012 Midwest Scholastic Rowing Championship in Cincinnati, OH. Clair will be coming to Duquesne as a liberal arts major.

Maureen O'Brien will be entering the PT program at Duquesne University from Archbishop Alter High School where she was an honors student and maintained a 4.0 GPA. As a rower O'Brien is very versatile having rowed both port and starboard in her career while also having sculling experience. A rower since 2006 she is currently rowing for the Dayton Boat Club under Head Coach Mike Miles. As a junior Maureen earned the Dayton Boat Club Hammer Award as well as a 3rd place finish in the women's second varsity four at the 2011 Midwest Championship. In the fall of her senior year she was a member of the Dayton Boat Club varsity eight that finished 18th out of 62 entries in the event at the Head of the Hooch Regatta. O'Brien is also very involved in her club in a coaching capacity teaching young rowers the basics of the sport.



Emma Riegel is finishing her senior year at St. Paul's School for Girls in Baltimore, MD. In her first year of rowing for St. Paul's Emma won the novice rower award. This spring she was 2 seat in the fastest varsity four in Baltimore with a first place finish at the Baltimore Championships. Her four also had a second place finish at the St. Andrew's Regatta. The daughter of Catherine and Dave Riegel, Emma was the 2011 recipient of the Day-Z Math Award at St. Paul's and plans to major in elementary education while at Duquesne University.

Meredith Starczewski is the second rower from Charles W. Baker High School to join the Duquesne Rowing family this spring. While Meredith is a versatile rower of both port and starboard, she earned stroke seat experience as a sophomore stroke of the Baldwinsville lightweight four at the NY State Rowing Championships as well as Scholastic Nationals in the spring of 2010. As a junior she rowed at four seat of the silver medal second varsity eight at the NY State Championships and went on to row at four seat of the Baldwinsville varsity eight at Scholastic Nationals. Most recently Meredith has been rowing in two seat of the senior four that earned a silver medal at the NY State Championships and went on to compete at the Scholastic National Championship finishing 16th overall in the varsity four event. As a student Meredith has maintained exceptional grades and will enter Duquesne as a liberal arts major. The daughter of David and Deborah Starczewski, Meredith is currently in her fifth year of German, acts as a peer tutor, and has also volunteered her time at a local woman's shelter and at Relay for Life.

Emily Zborowski will be entering Duquesne University as an early childhood education major and a member of the honors college. While maintaining a 3.9 GPA at Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School in Philadelphia, Emily was also a member of the yearbook staff and launched a Christian Club in her sophomore year. Each summer Emily attends a mission trip to aid disaster relief in flood or hurricane stricken areas and will travel to the eastern coast of North Carolina to continue in the relief effort from Hurricane Katrina. Zborowski is in her second year of rowing at Philadelphia City Rowing and was chosen to be the first women's captain of the program this year.

Herzig, Hughes, and Wassenberg were early signees for the Dukes.

This spring Emily Herzig was a member of the West Side Rowing Club senior four that advanced to the final at the NY State Championship and finished 5th out of 32 senior fours. Lauren Hughes was a member of the Baldwinsville senior four along with Starczewski. She advanced to Scholastic Nationals where her boat finished 16th overall. Amanda Wassenberg raced a lightweight double at Scholastic Nationals this spring finishing second to earn a silver medal.


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