DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke rowing team officially opens its 2010 racing season this Sunday, March 28, at the Occoquan Sprints in Woodbridge, Va.
Duke will take three boats to the season-opening showdown on the Occoquan Reservoir. The Blue Devils will use two varsity eights and a varsity four in the one-day event.
"The first race of the season is always very exciting," head coach Robyn Horner said. "We are hoping to race aggressively with good execution. It will be good to see how the things we've been on in practice carry over to the 2k course."
Junior Alex Japhet will lead a young and talented varsity eight that includes five sophomores and three freshmen. Joining Japhet are sophomores Kathy Smithwick, Rory Erickson-Kulas, Kathryn Lowry, Caroline Fox and Stephi Rosser and freshmen Justine Hong (coxswain), Laura Sciarrino and Emily Theys. That boat will push off at 11:10 a.m. on Sunday in the first heat and again at 3:20 p.m. for the final.
Duke's second varsity eight includes All-ACC senior Lesley King and junior Laurel Sisler. Competing with them are sophomores Breanna Briede, Ali Long, Joline Doedens and Laura Guth and freshmen Sarah Baker (coxswain), Katie Burke and Laura Kuhlman. They have Duke's first race of the day Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and will race again at 2:30 p.m. in the final.
Sophomores Nancy McKinstry and Tori Arendt and freshmen Ashleigh Anne McKinney (coxswain), Victoria Tsamis and Sydney Johnson make up the varsity four. That group races at 1:50 p.m.
Following the Occoquan Sprints, Duke will have an open weekend to prepare for the Knecht Cup on April 10-11 in Camden, N.J.