Rowing Announces Three Newcomers For 2012-13 Season
Dec. 12, 2011
Duquesne Rowing head coach Joe Setting has announced the signing of three women that will join the roster in the fall of 2012. Emily Patricia Herzig (Buffalo, NY/Mount Saint Mary Academy), Lauren Hughes (Baldwinsville, NY/Charles W. Baker) and Amanda Lynn Wassenberg (Woodbridge, VA/Woodbridge) are the newest Dukes.
Herzig has been a four year rower for the West Side Rowing Club in Buffalo, NY under Coach John Haumesser. Along with winning many medals at various races throughout her high school career Emily has also been very involved in her school and local communities. While maintaining honor roll status Emily is a member of her school's concert and marching bands as well as the jazz ensemble and is the director of many committees for her band. She has earned the President's Service Award and Triple C Award for her work volunteering for the Upstate New York Transplant Services, while also being a peer leader and educator within her religious community. Emily plans to major in Elementary Education.
Hughes will come to Duquesne University from her Charles W. Baker team under Coach Chris Ludden. In her past 3 spring seasons with the Charles W. Baker team Lauren has earned many top finishes. In the spring of 2010 she received a silver medal at the New York State Championship and a gold medal at the Syracuse Chargers Invitational in the Varsity eight and raced at the National Championships in Saratoga Springs, NY. In the Spring of 2011 Lauren's success continued with a silver medal finish at both the Syracuse Chargers Invitational and the New York State Championships in the varsity four and went on to finish 6th overall at the National Championships in Camden, NJ. Lauren is also a member of the Baldwinsville Cross Country Team and was voted team captain for 2011. Along with her many athletic achievements, Lauren is also a peer tutor and is an honor roll student, and also plans to major in Elementary Education.
Wassenberg plans to major in Liberal Arts when she enters Duquesne in the fall of 2012. She will come to Duquesne from Woodbridge Senior High School and Coach John Meehan. A notable accomplishment from her many races in high school would be her second place finish at the VASRA State Championships in the women's lightweight eight in both 2010 and 2011. Along with earning a JV and Varsity letter Amanda received an honorable mention for all area rowers in the Potomac New and Messenger in 2010 and received first team recognition for all area rowers in 2011. While working hard on the water Amanda also works hard off the water. She is a VCPA/AP Scholar, a member of the National Honor Society, and she has received the advanced math student of the year award for 2011.
"We are excited to add such dynamic and talented rowers to our program for next season," said Head Coach Joe Setting. "These women have had a high level of success at the youth level and possess the physical and mental intangibles that will enable them to thrive at the collegiate level."