Friday, December 18, 2009

Happy Holidays and Fall Newsletter!

Click or cut and paste the link below to view the fall newsletter. Tons of information and great pictures of the team.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Duke Rowing Announces 2010-11 Freshman Class

DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke head coach Robyn Horner announced the signing of seven rowers and one coxswain for the 2010-2011 academic year. The Blue Devils signed Lauren Baumgartner (Oxford, N.J.), Allison Beattie (Jacksonville, Fla.), Grace Cassidy (New Fairfield, Conn.), Katy Gregor (Philadelphia, Pa.), Caroline Kiritsy (Boston, Mass.), Lauren Lashmet (Chicago, Ill.), Chelsea Sawicki (Farmington,Conn.) and Shannon Sims (Sarasota, Fla.).
"This class will give us competitive depth in all of our boats," said Horner, who is in her 11th season at Duke. Recruiting Coordinator
Jim Lister said, "This class can be quickly described as hard working. Each of these students has had a great impact on their high school programs, and we look forward to their contributions in the coming years."

Baumgartner rows for Blair Academy. Lauren is a Mid-Atlantic Prep League All-Academic soccer and track athlete. She has rowed for two years and made a varsity boat her novice year.

Beattie is a sculler for Stanton Riverbank Crew. Allison has continued to show a lot of growth competing in a double at Southeast Regionals for the past two years. This past year, she qualified for USRowing Youth Nationals in the double.

Cassidy will join two Exeter alumni in the Duke program. Grace is a varsity swimmer and quite new to the sport of rowing. In her novice year, she made the varsity eight and won gold at NEIRAs and a silver at Youth Nationals last year.

Gregor is a very experienced rower for Mount Saint Joseph Academy. Katy's most recent accolades include a gold medal at Scholastic Nationals, racing at the British Henley, and attending Jr. A development camp.

Kiritsy is a coxswain for both Boston Latin HS and Community Rowing. Caroline placed 11th, 1st and 2nd over the past 3 years at the Head of the Charles, respectively. She was a gold medalist in the eight at the 2009 Canadian Henley as well as the 2009 Club Nationals Championships.

Lashmet is a rower for New Trier HS. In Lauren's junior year, her team earned a first-place finish at SRAA Nationals in the senior eight. She went on to take fourth place at Youth National Championships, and then made the 2009 CanAmMex team as a part of the Junior Women's National Selection Camp.

Sawicki rows for Miss Porter's School. Chelsea is a soccer player as well. In her last two years, she has made the finals at the NEIRA regatta in the four. She has placed in the top four for the past two years.

Sims is a sculler for Sarasota. She placed 4th in the double at Youth Nationals. This summer, she qualified for the CanAmMex team as part of the Junior Women's National Selection Camp. Recently, she won the quad race at the head of the Hooch this past fall.

The Blue Devils will announce the remainder of their class this spring.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

U23 ID Camp held at Duke University

This weekend we hosted an ID camp for the U23 National Team. We had 21 rowers from around the southeast and a few from Texas and Syracuse as well. We started the morning with a capped 30 minute erg test and a peak power test. Then the national team coaches selected 16 rowers to go to the water for practice. Our very own Alex Japhet and Emily Theys were selected to boat out. 2 of our freshman coxswain (Justine Hong and Sarah Baker) were at the helm for the 10k row. The rowers did some drills and then some power 20s side by side. We look forward to seeing how far Alex and Emily go this year with the national team, whether its at a development camp, freshman camp, or possibly earning a seat to Belarus for the 2010 U23 Championships. Good Luck!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Duke Eights at the Hooch

Duke's young squad moves up from previous year.
Women's Championship 8+ (Duke 5th out of 32)

Place Time Organization First Rower
1 00:14:16.9 Clemson University
2 00:14:17.4 University of Tennessee A
3 00:14:18.2 University of Louisville A
4 00:14:31.2 University of Texas Austin A
5 00:14:36.3 Duke University A

Complete results:

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

What to do with all the coxswains when you take out team in pairs!

Stick them in a quad! Nice job coxswains. The best part, nobody wanted to sit bow and steer.
They did a great job and we hope this isn't the last of the coxswain 4x.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Freshman Recruits arrive on Duke Campus!

The greatly anticipated Class of 2013 arrived last week for orientation. We had a Welcome to Duke Dinner for freshman rowers and coxswains and their families. Upperclassmen have been arriving throughout the week. This is our first week of practice with ergs and weightroom sessions. Saturday after practice we are heading to the beach! Next week we head to the water with our sites on our upcoming fall races. To find out more about our race schedule as well as summer updates, please click on the link below to download our Pre-Fall Newsletter.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Duke Freshman Burke heading to Worlds

Hillsborough High’s Katie Burke has been named to the U.S. Junior Rowing team’s double sculls crew, and will compete for the U.S. at the World Junior Rowing Championships, which are to be held at Brive-la-Gaillarde in France in August.

Burke, who finished third in the single sculls at the U.S. Junior Rowing Championships at Lake Harsha, Ohio earlier this month, said making the team meant a lot.

“I think last year, when I didn’t make the [U.S.] team, it was a goal for me to work for a full year to get on the team,” Burke said by phone from the U.S. Camp at Mercer Lake, N.J. “This is a really big honor, because obviously a lot of people wanted it and tried out.”

Burke was selected to the U.S. High Performance team, the equivalent of the National ‘B’ team, which competed in Germany last year. While in Mercer, she teamed with Abby Knight, from the Friends of Shenendehowa (N.Y.). Burke said the chemistry she and Knight, a fellow finalist at the U.S. Junior Nationals, were able to generate in a short space of time surprised her.

“Right when she got in the boat it felt pretty good,” Burke said. “Usually it takes a while, especially being single scullers getting together and finding a rhythm, but we matched up really well.”

Friday, June 19, 2009

Silver medal at Youth Nationals

Incoming Freshman Laura Kuhlman (4th from right) rowed to a silver medal at Youth Nationals last weekend. To read more please go to the following link:

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Summer Newsletter

Just Add Water...

Included in this issue:
  • Incoming freshman medal at Youth Nationals
  • Freshman Experience at Regionals by Rory Erickson-Kulas
  • Updates on 2009 Graduates
  • Alumnae: Where are they now?
  • Team Awards
  • Thank You!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Cape Program with Senior Karin English


When I think about the fact that I’m going to be a senior next year and what I’ll miss once I graduate there are many things that come to mind, but one stands out at the moment to me, the fact that I’ll never have another College summer. Life during the semester takes on such a pace that by the time summer comes around you realize that you have a whole year to reflect on, a whole summer ahead of you and another year to start getting excited for. It’s a chance to get to sit back and think (at least for a little while). It’s a chance to explore the world, relax at home, train and race with club teams, study at another university, participate in Duke Engage and the many other opportunities that Duke throws our way.
This summer I’ve been doing the CAPE program for premed female student athletes and a summer session class at night. To give you an idea of how action packed the summer is I’m going to describe one day last week – a typical Monday.
It’s 6.30 AM and the alarm goes off. I jump out of bed, I’ve timed the amount of time it takes me to get ready and ride to campus perfectly, so there isn’t a minute to lose. Once I get to campus I change into my work clothes in the bathroom and dab the sweat from my forehead – it’s 7.20 AM and already humid. By the time I make it to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit the staff are assembling to do rounds. We walk around the unit, talk about each patient and the doctor in charge tells me that it’s going to be a pretty boring morning. I head off to coffee with a med student in the PICU and learn about vital signs and how to read the monitors beside each patient’s bed. We meet for radiology rounds, where I’ll be in a few days. So far the morning is looking pretty quiet. However, a sick baby undergoing respiratory arrest comes into the PICU and a surgeon is called in to hook her up to ECMO – a machine that oxygenates blood. The whole procedure takes about an hour and I stand their watching the baby’s life being saved. In my time doing CAPE I’ve also seen the other side of medicine, so I savor this great feeling and ride the long way home to my apartment, down campus drive among the trees.
When I get home I head to the gym, time for some physical therapy exercises and a run. Then I squeeze in some reading, Freud on the Uncanny. I finish just in time to grab a ride with my roommate back to campus for our class, Fashion and the Avant Garde. It’s quite the combination, shadowing doctors in the hospital and then talking about philosophy and art for 2 hours three nights a week. Finally we make it home, which means time for dinner and reading for tomorrow’s class…
Not every day is quite this busy, but I don’t mind the days that are, because it’s impossible not to get a lot out of them. Every week for CAPE we meet with the other 8 women doing the internship and Terry Kruger. We discuss the experiences of the week, we learn to express our emotions by describing a special moment that week – for me it was the experience I just described, we present to each other on different diseases, we discuss issues in medicine and finally we learn about taking patient histories and doing patient exams in the Brain Tumor Centre. It’s a very special opportunity to get an inside look at what medicine is really like and a program that inspires young women to realize how big of a difference they can make.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Duke Rowers travel to South/Central Regatta

We are here in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Team arrived in the afternoon to rig and row. We had dinner at Outback Steak House. Row in the am and then racing starts on Saturday.

We recently celebrated our team at our year end banquet last week. Family and friends joined us to recognize our team and individual accomplishments as well as recognize our seniors for their commitment to the team. Our captains have been announced as well. Next year's captains will be Alex Japhet and Lesley King. Congratulations to all award recipients!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

ACC Banquet

We just returned from the ACC Championships in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The ACC hosts a banquet the evening before the event. Part of the banquet includes a member from each team to give a speech. Our very own Sara Couch gave a wonderful speech. Her message was refreshing and unique about the hope and faith we all share in this sport. Please feel free to watch.

Enjoy! Great job Sara!

Monday, April 6, 2009

We went to Disney World!

Our rowers needed a well deserved break. After racing in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Austin, Texas, Washington D.C. and finally Orlando, we all went to Disney. The four rowers (Kathy, Bri, Laura, and Caroline) holding the flag took took me to Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain. I will post my video on YouTube of the roller coaster ride. Yes, lots of screaming!

We have 2 weeks to prepare for the ACC Championships. We have learned a lot about ourselves and our rowing over the last month. Our boats continue to work more and more closely together. Particularly the freshman 8+ that has the sky as the limit. Our varsity 8+ has some underclassmen that have really stepped up. And our varsity and novice 4+ have shown a lot of race savvy.

We continue to expand upon our strengths and we continue to remedy areas that need improvement. The athletes have shown a tremendous amount of dedication to both their rowing and their school work. I am proud to be working with this very dedicated group of rowers.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Spring Break Training

We are in Oak Ridge, Tennessee for spring break. We had a scrimmage today with Boston University. The workout was 12 x 250, some from a start, body and finish. The rowers all performed very well and we traded wins with Boston throughout the workout in all of our boats. Good start to our season and especially beneficial to get in some racing before our 2k on Sunday with Louisville.

The rest of the week has been filled with long rows, weight lifting at a local gym, and a 4 mile run along the river. Tonight we had dinner at the Flat Water Grill, which sits at the starting line of the race course (check out our latest youtube video at the restaurant). We are starting to think of Oak Ridge as our home course this semester. We will be here for the ACC Championships in April and then again in May for the South/Central Regional Championships. It's definitely one of the best race courses in the southeast. See what row2k poll says about Oak Ridge at:

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Faculty Row Day!

Our rowers invited their professors and athletic department staff for a row today. We will definitely track down some pictures to post later. We ended up with 2 eights on the water. Good fun for all. It's great to have people outside our sport see what we do.

Monday, February 23, 2009

A Week In The Life of a Duke Rower

By Kathy Smithwick

The month of February is considered one of the most mentally taxing times for DWR. We have been inside for about two months, including Christmas break, and the erg room is filled with intensity as we transition into the spring training schedule. February is thought to be so challenging because we are still retaining many of the fall training elements—long distance, low intensity power pieces—and now applying them to high rating aerobically challenging shorter pieces. We have even been pumping it in the weight room. Now that our initial testing is complete, we have begun seat racing, and the spring season is no longer in our peripheral. Furthermore, with February coming to a speedy end (no pun intended J), Duke Women’s Rowing has pushed itself to a new level of intensity.
Let me paint you a picture….This past month, my Mondays begin with a 12k early morning erg at a low intensity pace with my two Australian partners in crime, Karin and Bre. This workout is on our own, and we have the choice to do it either Monday or Wednesday; however, I figure that I better start the week off right with a 7.46 mile erg. Later that afternoon, our erg workout is either a high intensity pyramid piece or 8 X 500 meters. Tuesdays and Thursdays are our weight lifting days and in the afternoon are our “less intense” practices; however, we are expected to reproduce a low intensity split for 2X10k or go on a 3 mile run then 10k erg. Although not physically as challenging, these pieces are very tedious and technique oriented—testing our mental patience. Then Wednesdays and Fridays are our seat-racing days on the water. It is very exciting to see so much intensity on the lake; all of the boats are very competitive and close in boat speed, which will keep us pushing each other forward. Also Fridays begin with a casual 6-mile run around the infamous golf course, i.e. mountainous terrain. Saturday practices are a wrap up of the general concepts of the week. Half of the practice is focused on technique work, while the other half is a peak power workout—30 seconds on 2 minutes off. Oh and did I mention that we are Duke students and go to class with some of the smartest people in the country? No bigs. A Duke student-athlete can do it all.

CRASH Bs Video of Arena

Great weekend in Boston. I ran into 3 rowers coming to Duke next year. It was great to see all the rowers perform. Several Duke prospects performed quite well and others even PR'd. To see results go to :

Friday, January 9, 2009

Students Return to Campus

We are back on campus and started practice January 7th. We have a 10k today and recently finished our golf course run this morning. We are excited to be heading to the water on Monday. Please stay tuned as we add more videos and pictures soon.