CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Duke rowing team finished three boats in first-place and five boats in second-place at the Big Ten/ACC Dual on Lake Monticello on Saturday.
Duke competed against Big Ten schools No. 6 Michigan and No. 7 Ohio State and ACC schools No. 10 Virginia and No. 17 Syracuse.
“Today was a fun day,” said head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno. “Our team raced really hard, especially after a few weeks of really tough training.”
The Blue Devils’ first win of the day came in the 2V8 morning race, as Leeloo Gilet, Lelia Boley, Reed Kenny, Meera Chakrabarti, Sydney Cikovic, Kiernan Spencer, Rhea Bergman, Taji Phillips and Gabriella Salvati clocked a time of 6:39.0, just over four seconds faster than second-place Ohio State.
In Duke’s next event, the V4 crew of Rani Duff, Amelia Shunk, Elizabeth Butero , Anne Klok and Tara Christensen raced to a time of 7:25.2, two seconds faster than Ohio State’s second-place boat (7:27.6).
The Blue Devils’ final first-place finish came in the morning 2V4 race, as Duke again outraced the second-place Buckeyes, finishing 10 seconds faster with a time of 7:31.2 (Ohio State’s time was 7:41.8). Sarah Royka, Anna Jenkins, Olivia Hunt, Caitlyn Carlisle, Olivia Von Stauffenberg earned the victory.
“The wins were well earned,” stated Cooke Carcagno. “Ohio State is a deep and consistently great team and three-time national champion, so we knew it would be tough but I’m proud of our women for going for it.”
“All of our boats did well and raced with tremendous heart,” said Cooke Carcagno of today’s overall performance. “I think we handled ourselves well against Michigan and Ohio State, and raced very competitively with Syracuse.”
Duke took second in its last morning race in the 3V8 (B Boat, 7:00.1). In the afternoon races, the Blue Devils placed second in the 2V8 (6:36.1), V4 (7:31.9), 2V4 (7:45.2) and 3V8 (7:01.2).
“We’re looking forward to going home and training hard,” said Cooke Carcagno. “The competition is so much deeper this year across the country, and we want to be ready to go. Thanks to UVA and Kevin Sauer for putting on a great event.”
Duke next competes in the two day Clemson Invite Friday, April 19. The Invite will conclude Saturday, April 20.
Final Morning Results
V8: 1. Ohio State, 6:32.1; 2. Syracuse, 6:36.5; 3. Duke, 6:40.8
2V8: 1. Duke, 6:39.0; 2. Ohio State, 6:43.7; 3. Syracuse, 6:50.2
V4: 1. Duke, 7:25.2; 2. Ohio State, 7:27.6; 3. Syracuse, 7:49.5
2V4: 1. Duke, 7:31.2; 2. Ohio State, 7:41.8
3V8: 1. Ohio State, 6:49.6; 2. Duke B, 7:00.1; 3. Duke A, 7:02.3
Final Afternoon Results
V8: 1. Michigan, 6:26.5; 2. Syracuse, 6:30.8; 3. Duke, 6:32.2
2V8: 1. Michigan, 6:35.3; 2. Duke, 6:36.1; 3. Syracuse 6:47.4
V4: 1. Michigan, 7:24.2; 2. Duke, 7:31.9; 3. Syracuse, 7:49.2
2V4: 1. Michigan, 7:33.4; 2. Duke, 7:45.2
3V8: 1. Michigan, 6:51.7; 2. Duke A, 7:01.2; 3. Duke B, 7:10.1