CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Duke rowing team closed out the fall with a full day of competition Sunday at the Rivanna Romp in Charlottesville, Va. The Blue Devils raced five varsity 8+ boats, five varsity 4+ boats and a pair of novice 8+ boats, coming away with a pair of top-five finishes over the day.
“I think today went alright, but I don’t think we knocked it out of the park,” head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno said. “I think we showed really good depth as a team, finishing second only to reigning ACC champion Virginia. There’s work to be done, and I think we’re capable of doing even better over the next couple of weeks. Thanks to Kevin Sauer and Virginia for putting on a great race.”
The varsity 8+ boats kicked off the competition first Sunday, with Duke’s top varsity 8+ boat notching a fourth-place finish in a time of 14:02.0. The Blue Devils’ A boat of coxswain Tara Fagan, Sydney Johnson, Olivia Mendonca, Isabel Ruby-Hill, Sophie Simister, Lelia Boley, Shannon Tierney, Caitlyn Carlisle and Olivia Von Stauffenberg finished behind only the boats of Virginia and Louisville.
The Blue Devils’ B boat clocked out at 14:09.8 to earn a seventh-place finish, while Duke’s C boat also earned a top-10 finish, finishing 10th with a time of 14:32.9. Duke’s D boat was right behind, placing 11th with a time of 14:35.9, with the E boat closing out the varsity 8+ competition with a 15th-place finish in a time of 14:47.9.
The Blue Devils earned two top-10 finishes in the varsity 4+ competition, with the A and B boats finishing sixth and seventh, respectively. The A crew of coxswain Fagan, Ruby-Hill, Mendonca, Johnson and Von Stauffenberg clocked a time of 15:18.0 to earn their sixth-place finish, while the B boat recorded a time of 15:40.1, finishing only one spot behind.
Duke’s C boat clocked a time of 16:07.3 to finish in 14th place. Rounding out the varsity 4+ competition for the Blue Devils were the D boat which finished with a 16th with a time of 16:17.7, and the E boat which clocked out at 16:44.5 to place 20th.
Duke’s top novice crew placed fourth to secure a top-five finish. The A boat of coxswain Eden Schumer, Payton Fraser, Gabriella Salvati, Katarina Kern, Amelia Shunk, Amelia Johnson, Stella Haley, Elizabeth Butero and McKendree Densel recorded a time of 14:40.3, finishing behind only the boats of Clemson, Louisville and Virginia. Closing out the competition for the Blue Devils was Duke’s second novice 8+ crew, which finished three spots behind in seventh place with a time of 15:56.1.
Today’s race at the Rivanna Romp marks the conclusion of the fall season for the Duke rowing squad. The Blue Devils will now turn their attention to the spring season, which kicks off on March 2, when Duke returns to Charlottesville, Va., for a scrimmage with Virginia.
V8 (A): coxswain Tara Fagan, Sydney Johnson, Olivia Mendonca, Isabel Ruby-Hill, Sophie Simister, Lelia Boley, Shannon Tierney, Caitlyn Carlisle, Olivia Von Stauffenberg
V8 (B): coxswain Leeloo Gilet, Laura Navarrete, Amelia Johnson, Anna Jenkins, Olivia Hunt, Kiernan Spencer, Rhea Bergman, Taji Phillips, Gabriella Salvati
V8 (C): coxswain Rani Duff, Katherine Lustig, Elizabeth Butero, Anne Klok, Katarina Kern, Madison Brown, Ema Kuczura, Amelia Shunk, Marissa Donadio
V8 (D): coxswain Anna Power Jestin, Bailey Knight, Reed Kenny, Meera Chakrabarti, McKendree Densel, Payton Fraser, Ella Harris, Callie Turner, Stella Haley
V8 (E): coxswain Eden Schumer, Grace Garverick, Savannah Herbek, Caroline Olsen, Kelsey Lackey, Julia Murphy, Margot Calmar, Sarah Hubner, Hannah Ferry
V4 (A): coxswain Tara Fagan, Isabel Ruby-Hill, Olivia Mendonca, Sydney Johnson, Olivia Von Stauffenberg
V4 (B): coxswain Rani Duff, Lelia Boley, Shannon Tierney, Caitlyn Carlisle, Sophie Simister
V4 (C): coxswain Leeloo Gilet, Laura Navarrete, Olivia Hunt, Madison Brown, Anna Jenkins
V4 (D): coxswain Anna Power Jestin, Kiernan Spencer, Anne Klok, Rhea Bergman, Taji Phillips
V4 (E): coxswain Lauren Burgett, Bailey Knight, Reed Kenny, Marissa Donadio, Savannah Herbek
Novice 8 (A): coxswain Eden Schumer, Payton Fraser, Gabriella Salvati, Katarina Kern, Amelia Shunk, Amelia Johnson, Stella Haley, Elizabeth Butero, McKendree Densel
Novice 8 (B): coxswain Sarah Royka, Callie Tuner, Ella Harris, Meera Chakrabarti, Kelsey Lackey, Alina O’Brien, Leo Kurzlechner, Julia Murphy, Hannah Ferry