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Rowers Head to 2012 ACC Championship
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 04/20/2012
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DURHAM, N.C. - After an impressive showing at the Knecht Cup, the Duke women's rowing team will head to Clemson, S.C., to compete in the 13th Atlantic Coast Conference Rowing Championship on Saturday, April 21.

Six ACC schools will compete for the ACC rowing title with Boston College, Clemson, Virginia, Miami and North Carolina joining Duke.

Racing will begin at 9 a.m. on Lake Hartwell with the varsity four and will continue until 10 a.m. with the final race being the varsity eight.

Duke will use the same line-up as they did in the Knecht Cup in all four races with the second-seeded varsity eight boat including coxswain Caroline Kiritsy, Kathy Smithwick, Katie Burke, Emily Theys, Rory Erickson-Kulas, Tara Dalton, Laura Sciarrino, Grace Cassidy and Claire Vannelli.

The third-seeded crew of coxswain Emilie Marchetti, Brielle Batesko, Tori Arendt, Breanna Briede, Lauren Lashmet, Sophia Blair, Julie Rohde, Laura Guth and Sydney Johnson will make up the second varsity eight boat while the third-seeded varsity four will include coxswain Ashleigh Anne McKinney, Allison Beattie, Elizabeth Howell, Nancy McKinstry and Lissa Glynn.

The team of coxswain Katie Walter, Karolina Wadolowska, Alexander Enzor, Caroline Williams, Kathleen Lyons, Sophia Staal, Nicole Antoine, Rebecca Kim and Emily Hadley will power the fourth-seeded novice eight boat.

"Some of the things we've talked about trying to do is getting out as quickly as we possibly can in the first 500 meters, putting ourselves into a position to be challenging right away and attacking throughout the entire course," said head coach Robyn Horner. "The momentum is big, but I think when you go into the ACCs, it means a lot to people so there's always an added level you're looking to elevate and we're trying to elevate."

Duke has clinched a top-three finish in ten of the last twelve ACC Championships. For live results, and video coverage of the ACC Rowing Championships on Saturday, visit: