Dukes Open Season at Head of the Schuylkill
Oct. 31, 2017


- The Duquesne rowing team opened the 2017-18 campaign over the weekend at the 2017 Head of the Schuylkill Regatta on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. 

Women's Championship 2 (pair) - In a race with 21 entries, Samantha Dunn (Lake City, Pa.) and Devon Eliason (Woodbury, N.J./Bishop Eustace Prep) teamed up to finish eighth with the pair of Abigail Bailey (Erie, Pa./Mercyhurst Prep) and Maggie Cunningham (Garnet Valley, Pa./Padua Academy) less than a second behind in ninth place. The senior pair of Mary Katherine Byrne (Dunwoody, Ga./Marist) and Cassandra Holder (Greenville, Pa./Greenville) finished 12th with Lauren Murray (Orchard Park, N.Y./Nardin Academy) and Antonia Maffia (Egg Harbor, N.J./Egg Harbor) finishing 15th

Women's Novice 4 - In their first regatta ever and with three members of the lineup starting their rowing careers in September, the Duquesne lineup of stroke Ally Seymour (Rochester, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy), Angie Van Sprang (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin), Samantha Bradford (Broadview Heights, Ohio/ North Royalton), Caroline Hoffman (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle) and coxswain Sarah Coltson (Burke, Va./Lake Braddock) placed 16th.    

Women's Championship 4 - Three women's championship 4's took to the course along with 38 other boats in the event. The Dukes finished 15th, 23rd and 34th out of the 41 entries. 
A entry: Meredith O'Neil (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland), Amanda Pellegrino (Yardley, Pa./Nazareth Academy), Caroline Redd (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Catholic), Rachel Kaup (Fort Recovery, Ohio/Fort Recovery) and coxswain Faith Caldiero (Buffalo, N.Y./Nardin Academy)
B entry: Serena Benages (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley), Olivia Delaney (Cloucester City, N.J./Cloucester City), Nayia Faxio-Douglas (Upper Marlboro, Md./Elizabeth Seton), Kasie Sayers (Spring City, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) and coxswain Devon Lyons (Rockville, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross)
C entry: Katie Sistare (Rhinebeck, N.Y./Rhinebeck), Lauryn Garretson (Huntington, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy) , Sarah Clair (Pittsburgh, Pa./Oakland Catholic), Anabel McGuan (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) and coxswain Abigail Guenther (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward)



Women's Freshman/Novice 8 - The Dukes had two entries in the event that boasted 31 entries.  The freshman eight of coxswain Sarah Coltson (Burke, Va./Lake Braddock), stroke Aleiia Asmundson (Regina, Saskatchewan/Campbell Collegiate), Molly Miller (Cleveland, Ohio/Saint Joseph Academy), Rachel Pierce (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill High School East), Abigail Zornow (Victor, N.Y./Victor Senior), Emily Chadwick (Wexford, Pa./North Allegheny), Elizabeth Giglia (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson), Rebecca McCallin (Port Washington, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) and bow Ellen Wenzinger (Wynnewood, Pa./The Baldwin School) finished second, just five seconds behind the Frosh 8 from Drexel. The novice eight consisting of Dukes who just began rowing in September crossed the line 25th. (Coxswain Hannah Weber (Pottstown, Pa./Boyertown Area), Hannah Straub (State College, Pa./Saint Joseph's Catholic Academy), Celia Gambacorta (Hockessin, Del./Deleware Military Academy), Hayley Meyer (Wilton, Conn./Wilton), Elizabeth Tarbet (Schwenksville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley), Mary Stuart Myers (Wilmington, Del./Alexis I DuPont), Lauren Foote (Stony Point, N.Y./Immaculate Heart Academy), Rachel Parshall (Elkridge, Md./Howard) and Natalie Klek (Lawrenceville, N.J./Notre Dame). 

Women's Championship 1x (single) - Four Dukes competed in the event with more than five United States national team rowers, Olympians, and former Olympians. Duquesne's Rachel Pierce (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill High School East) finished 14th, while Jess Goldstein (Wexford, Pa./North Allegheny) finished 22nd, Abigail Zornow (Victor, N.Y./Victor Senior) 26th, and Brittney Raible (Allison Park, Pa./Hampton) 28th.

Lightweight Single - Ellen Wenzinger ( Wynnewood, Pa./The Baldwin School) was the lone lightweight single for Duquesne and crossed the finish line ninth in her event.

Women's Club 8 - The event boasted 43 entries. Duquesne's A entry of coxswain Mary Clay (Radnor, Pa./Archbishop John Carroll), Lauren Murray (Orchard Park, N.Y./Nardin Academy), Rachel Kaup (Fort Recovery, Ohio/Fort Recovery), Meredith O'Neil (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland), Olivia Delaney (Cloucester City, N.J./Cloucester City), Antonia Maffia (Egg Harbor, N.J./Egg Harbor), Kasie Sayers (Spring City, Pa./Owen J. Roberts), Caroline Redd (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Catholic) and Amanda Pellegrino (Yardley, Pa./Nazareth Academy) crossed the line 13th with the B entry of coxswain Caroline Dirr (Buffalo, N.Y./Mount Saint Mary Academy), Nayia Faxio-Douglas (Upper Marlboro, Md./Elizabeth Seton), Serena Benages (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley), Katie Sistare (Rhinebeck, N.Y./Rhinebeck), Lauryn Garretson (Huntington, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy), Sarah Clair (Pittsburgh, Pa./Oakland Catholic), Elizabeth Giglia (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson), Rebecca McCallin (Port Washington, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) and Anabel McGuan (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) crossing the line 28th. 

Championship 2x (Double) - The freshmen duo of Aleiia Asmundson (Regina, Saskatchewan/Campbell Collegiate) and Molly Miller (Cleveland, Ohio/Saint Joseph Academy) teamed up to finish sixth in the event.

Women's Championship 8 - In the final event of the day, Duquesne's lineup of coxswain Faith Caldiero (Buffalo, N.Y./Nardin Academy), Devon Eliason (Woodbury, N.J./Bishop Eustace Prep), Jessica Goldstein (Wexford, Pa./North Allegheny), Samantha Dunn (Lake City, Pa./Girard), Cassandra Holder (Greenville, Pa./Greenville), Mary Katherine Byrne (Dunwoody, Ga./Marist), Brittney Raible (Allison Park, Pa./Hapton), Abigail Bailey (Erie, Pa./Mercyhurst Prep) and Margaret Cunningham (Garnet Valley, Pa./Padua Academy) crossed the line fifth, less than a second ahead of the Champ eight from SJU and 2.5 seconds ahead of the Champ 8 from Bucknell. 

Head coach Jenn Langzettel: "Overall it was a great weekend of racing. Our main goal on the day was to get out there and get in some great racing working to focus more on our process and our build to our end goal in the spring. Every woman raced twice and most of them were really pushed out of their comfort zone in one of their events. We have made some great strides this fall, but coaches identified some areas we need to continue to improve upon if we want to achieve our spring goals. I am proud of the team for really embracing the challenges put in front of them with small boats and dealing with some rough conditions midday. We have just a couple weeks left in our fall season and we will use every moment to gain as much as we can."

Up Next: The Dukes are action with the Car-Du-Pitt race in Pittsburgh on Nov. 11. 


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