@DuqWRow Inks 12 During Early NLI Signing Period
Nov. 21, 2017

PITTSBURGH - Duquesne rowing head coach Jenn Langzettel recently announced the signings of twelve recruits for the class of 2022.

"I am very excited to see what this incoming class will bring to this team," Langzettel said. "It is a class that is built on work ethic and a desire to get this team where we want it to be. All of these women love Duquesne University and what it has to offer them both academically and athletically. They will all bring something different to the team, but ultimately that common want to be the best they can be is what will continue to move this team forward. Welcome to the "Grand Old Red and Blue" Class of 2022."  

@DuqWRow Class of 2022:

Annina Baccile | Havertown, Pa. | Merion Mercy | Vesper Boat Club | 5-7 

Langzettel on Baccile: "Annina has a work ethic like no other. She does not like to be underestimated and does not like to lose. There is a lot of fire in a little body that will only create speed."

Baccile, a rower for both Merion Mercy High School and Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia, was the stroke seat of her lightweight women's eight which won the Stotesbury Cup Regatta in 2017. In the same season, Baccile went on to win silver medals at both the Philadelphia City Championships and the Scholastic Rowing Association of America's National Championships in the lightweight eight. Annina is the daughter of Michael and Judith Baccile.



Arielle Behar | Niskayuna, N.Y. | Niskayuna | 5-8

Langzettel on Behar: "Arielle also has a strong work ethic with a very light-hearted personality. I am looking forward to seeing her gains over the next four years as well as what her positivity will add to the daily grind."

Named to the USRowing Scholastic Honor Roll for the 2017-2018 year, Behar was a member of the 2016 Women's Junior Eight at Niskayuna which won the New York State Championship, Stotesbury Cup Regatta and the Scholastic Rowing Association of America's National Championship in the spring of 2016. Behar is also a three-time Letter Winner for Niskayuna's Ski Racing Team. Intending to study chemistry, Arielle is the daughter of Matthew and Susan Behar.

Delaney Dooley | Absecon, N.J. | Holy Spirit | 5-6

Langzettel on Dooley: "Delaney is a very mature woman that knows what she wants and goes after it wholeheartedly. Her down to earth mentality along with her drive to win will bring great results over her four years."

As a junior, Dooley won a gold medal at the Greenhead Indoor Sprints, a gold medal at the Philadelphia City Championships and a silver medal at the Stotesbury Cup in the Women's 2nd Eight. Dooley also participates in swimming and cheerleading and has accrued eight varsity letters from all three sports. Intending to study education, Delaney is the daughter of Daren and Bridget Dooley.

Kayla Eads | Centerville, Ohio | Centerville | Greater Dayton Rowing Association | 5-5

Langzettel on Eads: "Kayla is a sweet but driven woman. She is another positive force in this class that coupled with her work ethic will achieve great things."

Eads is a member of the Greater Dayton Youth Quad which won silver medals at the Head of the Hooch in 2015, 2016, and 2017. She has raced at the USrowing Youth Nationals on four different occasions, achieving a fifth-place finish in the Women's Youth Quad in 2015. Eads volunteers for her church and is involved in volunteer and club activities such as STAND, Key Club, Shoes for the Shoeless, The Bog, and the Five Rivers Clean Up. Intending to study marketing, Kayla is the daughter of Darren and Katie Eads.

Brooke Gauntner | Wexford, Pa. | North Allegheny | 5-9

Langzettel on Gauntner: "Brooke is a solid go-getter. She does not let anything get to her and just wants to succeed. I know we will see great things from her in her four years here."

A local talent from the Pittsburgh area, Gauntner was stroke seat in the Women's Junior Quad which won the Midwest Scholastic Championships in 2017. The women's team captain for North Allegheny's 2017-2018 season, Gauntner stroked the girl's varsity squad to a gold medal at the Head of the Cuyahoga Regatta. Daughter of Chris and Cheryl Gauntner, Brooke is also a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. She intends to study in the physician assistant program.

Ella Germaine | Lakewood, Ohio | Lakewood | Cleveland Youth Rowing Association | 5-6

Langzettel on Germaine: "Ella is another positive personality that just wants to win. Right now she is competing with both the men and the women at her club. The addition of her work ethic is going to help push this team forward."

A member of the Cleveland Youth Rowing Association in Ohio, Germaine rowed in the women's junior four and eight at the Head of the Cuyahoga which placed seventh and sixth, respectively. Intending to study Psychology at Duquesne, Ella is also a member of the National Honors Society, Band and Choir at Lakewood High School. She is the daughter of Russel and Laura Germaine.

Alexandria Giongo | Spring City, Pa. | Owen J. Roberts | Whitemarsh Boat Club | 5-9

Langzettel on Giongo: "Alex is a very hard worker with a mature down to earth personality. She has seen great improvement over the last year and will continue to show those improvements as a Duke."

Giongo recently won first place at the Head of the Christina Regatta in the Women's Varsity four, first place in the Women's Varsity Quad at the King's Head Regatta and third place at the Navy Day Regatta in Philadelphia, Pa. She also helped her club secure an automatic bid for the Women's Youth Coxed Quad event at the Head of the Charles with a 13th-place finish. Giongo volunteers at learn-to-row sessions in addition to other charity work, and enjoys playing piano and playing with her dog. Intending to study liberal-arts with an interest in pre-law, Alexandria is the daughter of Michael and Marie Giongo. 

Katherine Hollenbeck | Ann Arbor, Mich. | Ann Arbor Pioneer | 5-7

"Kate is a fierce competitor that doesn't like to be underestimated. She is a solid athlete that will push this team in every area of work." 

Katherine received her first Varsity Letter in her novice year after winning both the Novice Eight and Novice Four at the MSRA Regatta. She also won a bronze medal at the CSSRA Championships in the 2016 Varsity Eight. Katherine is a member of the National Honors Society, Vice-President of the World Hunger Project Club, and a local tutor. Intending to study business, Katherine is the daughter of Brent and Ann Hollenbeck.


Alexis Lytle | Erie, Pa. | Mercyhurst Prep | 5-10

"Lexie is a quiet individual with a fire to get better and win. I look forward to seeing her open up and grow exponentially over her four years with us."

Was named most-improved for both the '15-16 and `16-17 seasons at Mercyhurst Prep. Alexis recently won gold at in the Women's Varsity Four at the Hebda Cup & qualified for the semi-finals at the CSSRA Championships in the Varsity Four. In addition to rowing, Alexis is also the Secretary of her Critical Concerns Club, a member of the National Honors Society. Alexis is the daughter of Eric and Julie Lytle.

Julia Stoll | Amherst, N.Y. | Nardin Academy | West Side Rowing Club | 5-6

"Julia is a fighter and a boat mover. She is another woman who does not like to be underestimated and will work to prove herself in every situation."

Julia was a member of the West Side Rowing Club Under-17 Eight which took second place at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in 2016, as well as a member of the Under-19 Eight which took second place at the Royal Canadian Henley in 2017. For Nardin Academy, Julia most recently won a silver medal at the Canadian Secondary Schools Championship, and also won a bronze medal at the Scholastic Rowing Association of America's National Championship in the Varisty Four. Intending to study Health-Management Systems, Julia is the daughter of George and Lisa Stoll.

Molly Stothard | North Olmsted, Ohio | Magnificat | 5-8

"Molly is a hardcore competitor. She wants to take names and I am glad she is on my roster to achieve that."

A member of Magnificat's inaugural novice class, Molly was part of the Women's Novice Eight which won a silver Medal at the Midwest Scholastic Championships in the spring of 2017. In the fall of 2017, Molly won a gold medal in the Women's Varsity Four and a Silver Medal in the Women's Varsity Eight at the Head of the Ohio Regatta. Molly is also a horseback rider, member of CYO Basketball and a therapeutic horseback riding volunteer. Intending to study biology, Molly is the daughter of Dan and Phyllis Stothard.

Natalie Weeks | Linwood, N.J. | Holy Spirit | Coxswain 

"Natalie is a great woman to have at the helm with all of the women listed above. She has a drive to help others improve and to win that will help this class achieve great things on and off the water."

As a sophomore, Natalie coxed her crew to a silver medal in the Women's 2nd Eight at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta. In her three years coxing for Holy Spirit, Natalie has won the Atlantic County Championships three times. In addition to rowing, Natalie is a member of the National Honors Society, math tutoring club, and a volunteer for the Kellsie's Hope Foundation. Intending to study education, Natalie is the daughter of Michael and Jessica Weeks.


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