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Release: 05/15/2011
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OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Duke’s varsity eight took third place in the grand final at the Oak Ridge Invitational ahead of No. 20 Notre Dame, No. 25 Louisville and Oklahoma on Melton Lake.

The Blue Devils’ top boat of coxswain Justine Hong, Emily Theys, Rory Erickson-Kulas, Alex Japhet, Laura Sciarrino, Grace Cassidy, Katie Burke, Kathryn Lowry and Stephanie Rosser finished with a time of 6:34.78, just three seconds behind runner-up Clemson (6:31.86). Fifth-ranked Virginia (6:26.00) took first place in the race which featured four ACC boats, two from the Big East Conference and three from Conference USA.

“The varsity eight finally found a great race rhythm and executed well,” Duke head coach Robyn Horner said.

Duke’s varsity four powered by (coxswain) Emilie Marchetti, Allison Beattie, Lauren Lashmet, Chelsea Sawicki and Tori Arendt also placed fourth in the grand final ahead of Louisville and Tulsa. Virginia (7:12.20), Notre Dame and Clemson took the top three spots in that race.

The Blue Devil second varsity eight and open four also won their respective petite finals.

“This was a breakout performance for our team,” recruiting coordinator Jim Lister added. “Our hard work all year was finally revealed.”

The Oak Ridge Invitational Regatta concludes the Duke rowing regular season.

Oak Ridge Invitational
Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Melton Lake
May 13, 2011

Varsity 8+ Grand Finals:
1.    University of Virginia:  6:26.00
2.    Clemson:  6:31.86
3.    Duke University:  6:34.78
4.    Notre Dame:  6:35.18
5.    Louisville:  6:38.84
6.    Oklahoma:  6:47.27

2nd Varsity 8+ Petite Finals
1.    Duke University:  6:58.9
2.    University of Central Florida:  7:00.54
3.    Tulsa:  7:07.78

Varsity 4+ Grand Finals
1.    Virginia:  7:12.20
2.    Notre Dame:  7:22.52
3.    Clemson:  7:24.54
4.    Duke University:  7:31.02
5.    Louisville:  7:32.19
6.    Tulsa:  7:38.39

Open 4+ Petite Finals
1.    Duke University:  7:48.8

2.    Rhode Island:  7:54.59
3.    Oklahoma:  7:57.87
4.    Tulsa A:  8:01.43
5.    Tulsa B:  8:03.59