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Rowing Collects Top-Three Finish at ACC Championship
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 04/21/2012
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Clemson, S.C. - The Duke rowing team captured third place at the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship in Clemson, S.C., on Saturday, Apr. 21, and placed senior Kathy Smithwick and junior Emily Theys on the All-ACC Rowing Team.

The Blue Devils finished in the top three in three of their four races, including an outstanding second-place finish by Duke's varsity four boat. The Duke team collected 39 points to place third overall, finishing behind top-ranked Virginia (56 pts.) and Clemson (52 pts.). The Blue Devils have now notched 10 top-three finishes of the 13 ACC Championships.

Theys collected her second appearance on the All-ACC team, while Smithwick captured her first appearance on the team. Both Blue Devils rowed on the varsity eight and helped the crew post a third-place time of 6:44.1. Coxswain Caroline Kiritsy, Kathy Smithwick, Katie Burke, Emily Theys, Rory Erickson-Kulas, Tara Dalton, Laura Sciarrino, Grace Cassidy and Claire Vannelli also powered Duke's top boat.

In the second varsity eight, the Blue Devils finished fourth behind Virginia (6:43.3), Clemson (6:51.6) and Boston College (7:04.4). Duke's crew of coxswain Emilie Marchetti, Brielle Batesko, Tori Arendt, Breanna Briede, Lauren Lashmet, Sophia Blair, Julie Rohde, Laura Guth and Sydney Johnson clocked in a time of 7:05.1.

In Duke's strongest performance, the varsity four (seeded third) of coxswain Ashleigh Anne McKinney, Allison Beattie, Elizabeth Howell, Nancy McKinstry and Lissa Glynn were able to push past ACC front-runner Virginia, and take second by under one second with a time of 7:46.6, marking the first time in championship history that Duke has beaten Virginia. Clemson captured first, crossing the finish line at 7:37.9.

The novice eight team of coxswain Katie Walter, Karolina Wadolowska, Alexander Enzor, Caroline Williams, Kathleen Lyons, Sophia Staal, Nicole Antoine, Rebecca Kim and Emily Hadley finished third for the Blue Devils with a time of 7:10.4. Virginia (6.53.8) captured first with Clemson (7:05.4) notching second.

"We wanted to do better, but we weren't able to get it done," said head coach Robyn Horner. "Our varsity four and our freshman boat really elevated and did a great job. Our 1V and 2V didn't execute and do as well as they could have, so it was a good weekend for part of our team and a little frustrating for the other part of our team. We are going to try to regroup here and use what we learned from this weekend to move forward."

Duke occupying the top three spots, Boston College took fourth with 27 points, North Carolina fifth with 18 points and Miami sixth with 17 points to round out the six-team field.

The Blue Devils will travel next week to Bloomington, Ind. for the Triple Dual on April 27-28.

ACC Rowing Championship
Full Results

Team Results:

 1. Virginia, 56

 2. Clemson, 52

 3. Duke, 39

 4. Boston College, 27

 5. North Carolina, 18

 6. Miami, 17

First Varsity Eight:

 1. Virginia, 6:27.9

 2. Clemson, 6:38.6

 3. Duke, 6:44.1

 4. Miami, 6:49.6

 5. Boston College, 7:02.8

 6. North Carolina, 7:04.6

Second Varsity Eight:

 1. Virginia, 6:43.3

 2. Clemson, 6:51.6

 3. Boston College, 7:04.4

 4. Duke, 7:05.1

 5. North Carolina, 7:16.0

 6. Miami, 7:25.4

Novice Eight:

 1. Virginia, 6:53.8

 2. Clemson, 7:05.4

 3. Duke, 7:10.4

 4. Boston College, 7:10.7

 5. North Carolina, 7:25.6

First Varsity Four:

 1. Clemson, 7:37.9

 2. Duke, 7:46.6

 3. Virginia, 7:47.1

 4. North Carolina, 7:56.8

 5. Boston College, 7:59.6

 6. Miami, 8:31.0