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Duke Rowing Takes Third at 2011 ACC Championships
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 04/23/2011
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CLEMSON, S.C. - The Duke rowing team captured third place at the 2011 ACC Championships in Clemson, S.C., on Saturday, and placed senior Alex Japhet and sophomore Emily Theys on the All-ACC Rowing Team.

The Blue Devils finished third in three of their four races, and in outstanding finish, Duke's novice eight boat finished second. The Duke team collected 41 points to finish third overall, finishing behind top-ranked Virginia (60 pts.) and Clemson (49 pts.).

Japhet collected her third All-ACC honors, while Theys 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 6:41.4, clearing last season's time by almost 14 seconds. Also powering Duke's boat was coxswain Justine Hong, Kathryn Lowry, Katie Burke, Rory Erikson-Kulas, Grace Cassidy, Laura Sciarrino and Steffi Rosser.

In the second varsity eight, the Blue Devils finished behind Virginia and Clemson with a time of 6:59.6, cutting nearly 24 seconds off last season's ACC boat. Duke's crew of coxswain Caroline Kiritsy, Laura Guth, Breanna Briede, Kathy Smithwick, Lauren Lashmet, Katy Gregor, Sydney Johnson, JJ Englander and Tori Arendt...

In Duke's strongest performance, the novice eight boat (seeded fourth) of coxswain Tami Segal, Allison Beattie, Shaye Bastien, Chelsea Sawicki, Lauren Jadovich, Leilani Doktor, Emily Hyland, Lauren Baumgartner and Elizabeth Howell were able to push past ACC front-runners Clemson, and take second by a narrow margin, with a time of 7:01.0.

"The race plan was to row well and work hard one stroke at a time," said assistant coach Jim Lister. "Confidence has been growing every race leading up to ACCs. The boat was ranked fourth going in to the race. They found themselves in front of Clemson by a few seats and rowed with great composure to hold the lead to the finish line."

In the varsity four, (coxswain) Sarah Baker, Nancy McKinstry, Lissa Glynn, Shannon Sims, and Joline Doedens claimed third place with a 7:39.6.

With Virginia, Clemson and Duke collecting the top three spots, Miami pushed to a significant rise from last season finishing fourth, while Boston College and North Carolina took fifth and sixth respectively to round out the six-team field.

By finishing ahead of the Tar Heels, the Blue Devils claim a full point in the Battle of the Blues standings. North Carolina still leads the all-sports competition between the schools 14-11.

ACC Rowing Championship
Full Results

Team Totals:

1. Virginia, 60
2. Clemson, 49
3. Duke, 41
4. Miami, 23
5. Boston College, 22
6. North Carolina, 14

First Varsity Eight+

1. Virginia, 6:23.9
2. Clemson, 6:25.1
3. Duke, 6:41.4

4. Miami, 6:49.6
5. Boston College, 6:55.5
6. North Carolina, 6:57.5

Second Varsity Eight+

1. Virginia, 6:35.9
2. Clemson, 6:40.8
3. Duke, 6:59.6

4. Miami, 7:04.5
5. Boston College, 7:09.9
6. North Carolina, 7:18.3

Novice Eight+

1. Virginia, 6:49.5
2. Duke, 7:01.0

3. Clemson, 7:03.6
4. North Carolina, 7:09.2
5. Boston College, 7:24.1

First Varsity Four+

1. Virginia, 7:17.5
2. Clemson, 7:28.0
3. Duke, 7:39.6

4. Boston College, 7:44.8
5. North Carolina, 8:00.9
6. Miami, 8:46.2