Oak Ridge, Tenn. - The Duke University rowing team concluded day one of the Oak Ridge Invitational on Saturday with the Blue Devils winning six of their ten races on Melton Lake.
The varsity eight crew of Caroline Kiritsy, Kathy Smithwick, Katie Burke, Emily Theys, Rory Erickson-Kulas, Tara Dalton, Laura Sciarrino, Grace Cassidy and Claire Vannelli finished five seconds behind Louisville with a time of 6:35.32. Dayton came in third at 6:48.96.
Duke's second varsity eight trailed seven seconds behind Louisville (6:43.90) with the crew of Sarah Baker, Sophia Blair, Tori Arendt, Laura Guth, Lauren Lashmet, Brielle Batesko, Julie Rohde, Victoria Tsamis and Sydney Johnson, while Dayton took third with a time of 7:01.11.
The Blue Devils went head to head with Louisville in the varsity four, beating the Cardinals by 28 seconds with a time of 7:36.60.
In the second varsity four, the crew of Kara Risser, Patricia Kolman, Emily Hyland and Shaye Bastien finished with a time of 7:52.49 to trail Notre Dame (7:40.20).
The novice eight boat of Kathryn Walter, Karolina Wadolowska, Alexandra Enzor, Caroline Williams, Kathleen Lyons, Sophia Staal, Nicole Antoine, Sarah Mayo and Emily Hadley finished with a time of 7:14.20 to defeat Louisville (7:26.93) and Dayton (7:41.00).
Duke won the novice eight with a time of 7:03.36, finishing four seconds ahead of Buffalo, with Louisville trailing with a time of 7:22.28.
The Blue Devils went head to head against Buffalo in the varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four, winning all three races. Duke finished with a time of 6:28.13 in the varsity eight, 6:53.20 in the second varsity eight and 7:29.80 in the varsity four.
In the second varsity four, Duke fell to Tennessee (7:22.40) with a time of 7:41.26.
The Blue Devils will conclude the Oak Ridge Invitational Sunday afternoon with races against Kansas, Tennessee, Minnesota, Buffalo, Jacksonville and No. 1 ranked Virginia.