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Rowing Defeats Bluejays In Annual Duel

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
         
Release: November 10, 2012
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DES MOINES, Iowa - The Drake rowing team defeated the Creighton Bluejays in its annual fall duel on the Des Moines River Saturday morning (Nov. 10). The Bulldogs won two of the three races to retain the trophy and the duel was the final race of Drake's fall season.

The Bulldogs varsity eight crew (Jacque Nowers-cox, Maggie Benhart, Brittany Michael, Jessica Nightser, Bailey Berg, Andrea Piekarczyk, Katie Serbin, Kelsey Leahy and Sarah Laughlin) edged the Bluejays in a close race to seal the win.

"I'm happy with how today went," Drake head coach Charlie DiSilvestro said. "The team set goals before the season and the first was to beat Creighton and retain the trophy. We had some great races today and we always enjoy this annual event. We have a great friendly rivalry with Creighton."

The Drake second varsity crew (Hannah Hennessy-cox, Monica Worsley, Brianna Leinon, Alex Lueck, Leah Robison, Wenel Jais-Cross, Emily Householter, Kristina Vann, and Justine Choe) crossed the finish line ahead of Creighton.

The Drake rowing team will be off for the next few months. The Bulldogs will start the spring season at the Wichita State duel on March 16, 2013.

"Now we enter our next section of training, which is a critical time for us being off the water for the next three months," DiSilvestro said. "We will set our winter training camp roster for the trip to Tampa over the next few weeks and take the top-20. We will use this time to get stronger physically utilizing the rowing machines and working hard in the weight room.  We have to train hard these next few months and be ready to go in the spring and work toward our next set of goals, which include trying to win conference again and advancing to the NCAA's."

Results

Varsity Four

1.     CRE 2. DU

2nd Varsity Eight

1.     DU 2. CRE

1st Varsity Eight

1.     DU 2. CRE

Novice Four

1.     CRE 2. DU

Novice Eight

1.     CRE 2. DU 3. CRE B

(Novice races were unofficial and didn't count towards results)

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