@DuqRowing Announces Class of 2021
Nov. 28, 2016

PITTSBURGH - Duquesne head rowing coach Joe Setting has announced six National Letters of Intent signings for the Class of 2021.

Aleiia Asmundson (5-6 // Regina, Saskatchewan //Campbell Collegiate)
A member the Regina Rowing Club and Team Saskatchewan, Asmundson is an accomplished sculler under the coaching of Garett Mathiason, Aleiia finished third in the junior women's 2x at the Western Canada Sprints this past summer as well as 3rd at the NWIRA Championship Regatta.

In the summer of 2015 Asmundson raced in the women's eight at the Western Canada Games earning a silver medal just three seconds behind the winning eight from British Columbia. Asmundson has also earned top finishes in the women's junior 4x and 1x.

Before making the transition to rowing, Asmundson was an accomplished diver and gymnast. In 2010, she won a gold medal in trampoline at the Saskatchewan Winter Games helping her team win silver in trampoline and tumbling at this event. In 2012 and 2013, she competed at the Speedo Junior Elite National Diving Championships. The daughter of Kimberley and Gordon Asmundson, Aleiia will major in Psychology while on the Bluff.

Emily Chadwick (5-10 // Wexford, Pa. // North Allegheny)
Chadwick will be right at home on the Bluff as a native of the Pittsburgh area. In her three years with NA rowing, Emily has gained experience in both sculling and sweep and has excelled under current Coach Dan Jeffries.

In the spring of 2015, Chadwick earned a 1st place gold medal in the junior varsity four at the Midwest Regional Scholastic Association Championships which earned her and her boat mates a bid to Scholastic Nationals. At SRAAs the NA junior four finished 8th overall. In the spring of 2016, her junior four again raced at SRAAs. This fall, Emily earned first place finishes in the junior 1x, 2x, and 4x at the Head of the Cuyahoga. The daughter of John and Marcy Chadwick will major in Forensic Science and Law while at Duquesne.

 

 

Abigail Griffith (5-2 //Haddonfield, N.J. //Haddonfield)
Griffith will add to the Dukes already strong coxswain core. In the spring of 2015 under the coaching of Tim Hagan, Griffith led the women's lightweight four to a 3rd place finish at the Copper Cup while also coxing the junior varsity four to a 3rd place finish at the Independence Day Regatta.

This fall as the top varsity coxswain, Griffith led her women's four to a second place finish in their flight at the Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta with the fourth fastest time out of all flights. She also coxed the varsity eight to an 11th place finish out of 29 boats. This natural competitor finished 2nd at the 2015 Haddon Hammers Erg Competition in the coxswain division and followed that up with a 3rd place finish in 2016.

Off the water, Griffith enjoys volunteering to time through church and local organizations to better her community. The daughter of Kyle and Laurie Griffith, Abigail will major in education.

Molly Miller (5-7 //Cleveland, Ohio //Saint Joseph Academy)
Miller will make the short trek to the Bluff from Ohio where she was coached by Rob Zdankiewicz. Each year of her high school rowing career, Miller has finished first at the Midwest Scholastic Championships earning bids to the Scholastic National Championship. At SRAAs as a freshman in the womens' freshman eight, she finished 10th overall, as a sophomore in the women's junior eight she finished 6th, and as a junior in the women's junior eight she finished 2nd overall. Prior to rowing, Molly was an accomplished synchronized figure skater and she also enjoyed volunteering her time to help veterans, and abused animals.

The daughter of Mary Jo and John Miller, Molly will major in athletic training.

Rachel Pierce (5'4"/Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill High School East)
Pierce joins the Dukes from South Jersey Rowing Club and coach Jamie Stack. She brings with her a fierce competitiveness and a proficiency in sculling. This fall, Pierce raced regularly in the single and the women's four. She finished first in the youth single at both the Navy Day and Head of the Schuylkill Regattas in Philadelphia and finished fifth at the 52nd Head of the Charles Regatta.

In the summer leading up to her junior year, Pierce earned a 2nd place finish in the women's U19 four at Club Nationals and a 3rd place finish in the same event at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta rowing with Vesper.

The daughter of Jackie and Thomas Pierce, Rachel will major in multi-platform journalism.

Zara Wenzinger (5-8 //Wynnewood, Pa. // The Baldwin School)
Wenzinger comes to the Bluff from Undine Barge Club and coach Lisel Hud. The addition of Zara to the roster brings another accomplished sculler to the Dukes' program. During the spring of her junior year, Wenzinger raced to a first place finish in the lightweight 4x at the City Championships and a 2nd place finish in the lightweight double at the Stotesbury Regatta. She then went on to finish second in the junior 1x at The Independence Day Regatta in the summer. This fall, Zara continued her training and success in the single earning a 3rd place finish at the Navy Day Regatta in the junior 1x and a 3rd place finish at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in the varsity single. The daughter of Brian and Tracy Wenzinger, Zara will major in the Forensic Science and Law Program.

"Our recruiting class features accomplished youth rowers that are poised to make immediate contributions at the collegiate level,"said Setting. "Our staff and our team are excited to officially welcome them to the DU Rowing family!"

"With this class we are gaining a great deal of sculling experience which is an area our program has been focusing on recently," said associate head coach Jenn Langzettel. "Along with that, we are gaining some great competitive spirits that just want to work hard and win. I believe this class will add tremendously to what we already have in place to help us achieve our goals."

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