Thursday, October 27, 2011

Team Ropes Course Challenge

Between the Gauntlet and the Zip Line, Duke Rowers were like kids on a playground. Check out the pics at this link: (You will have to get a Google Picasa Account to open the page if you don't already have one)

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Incoming freshman competes at 2011 Worlds

2012 Olympic Rowing Course was host to the 2011 Junior World Championships. A fantastic course with close viewing. Congratulations to incoming Freshman Claire Vanelli for a 6th place finish in the most competitive women's event.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Theys and Japhet Selected to the USR U-23 Team

PRINCETON, N.J. – Duke rowers Alex Japhet and Emily Theys have been selected to the USRowing U-23 National Team and will represent the nation at the 2011 FISA World Rowing Under 23 Championships on July 21-24 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

School-Record Eight Rowers Named to All-ACC Academic Team

DURHAM, N.C. – A school-record eight Duke rowers were named to the All-ACC Academic Rowing Team, including two-time CRCA All-America Alex Japhet, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced Wednesday.

Japhet, a senior Psychology major who has appeared on the All-ACC Academic Team for three straight years, was joined by junior teammates Tori Arendt, Joline Doedens and Rory Erickson-Kulas, and sophomore teammates Sarah Baker, Katie Burke, Justine Hong and Emily Theys.

Duke, ranked No. 24 in the final CRCA National Coaches Poll, had the second most selections to the All-ACC Academic Rowing Team, trailing only Boston College’s 11 honorees. Clemson followed with six selections, and NCAA Champion Virginia placed five on the team. North Carolina placed three student-athletes on the team, and Miami landed two.

Japhet and Erickson-Kulas were both named to the All-ACC team this year after leading Duke’s Varsity Eight to a season-ending upset over No. 20 Notre Dame, No. 25 Louisville and Oklahoma at the Oak Ridge Invitational and a sub-seven minute, third-place performance at the ACC Championship. Theys, Hong and Burke also competed in that boat, while Doedens, Baker and Arendt were fixtures of the 2V8 all season.

Arendt, Burke, Doedens, Erickson-Kulas, Hong and Theys also appeared on the CRCA Scholar-Athlete Team, which honors collegiate rowers who have at least sophomore status and maintain a GPA of at least 3.5 while competing in at least 75 percent of their team’s spring season.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Vannelli Named to Canada Jr. World Championship Team

DURHAM, N.C. – Incoming Duke freshman rower Claire Vannelli was selected to Canada’s 2011 Junior World Rowing Championship team and will represent her nation at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Eton, Great Britain, on August 4-7.

A native of London, Ontario, Vannelli will stroke the junior women’s four at the international event. A product of the Brentwood College Rowing Club, Vannelli has also represented Canada at the CanAmMex Regatta. She also finished third in the single at the Henley Regatta and won the single at the National Rowing Championships of Canada in September, 2010.

Vannelli is one of nine incoming freshmen for 2011-12 that join a Duke program that ranked 24th in the final CRCA Coaches Poll. The Blue Devils have plenty of momentum heading into next season after placing third at the 2011 ACC Championships and taking down a pair of ranked teams in the V8 during the final meet of the year.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Duke Rowing Adds Two More to 2011 Incoming Class

DURHAM, N.C. - Duke recruiting coordinator Jim Lister announced Thursday the signing of two additional rowers to the class of 2015. Tara Dalton and Claire Vannelli are the newest of nine members joining the Blue Devils for the 2011-2012 season.

"We are very excited to have Tara and Claire join our team," said head coach Robyn Horner. "They will have an immediate impact on our boat speed and they both posses the level of maturity to be successful collegiate athletes."

Vannelli, a native of London, Ontario, Canada, has compiled a stack of accomplishments in her young career, include representing Canada at the CanAmMex Regatta, finishing third at Henley in the single and taking first in the single at the National Rowing Championships of Canada in September.

"Claire is a natural rower," said Lister. "She has quickly learned how to move well in a boat to make it really fast, she has shown this throughout the year racing and we look forward to her continued success."

Dalton is a 5-10 athlete from The Woodlands, Texas. Last weekend she placed second in the Texas State Championships in the Women's 2x and earlier this year she placed first at the Erg Rodeo in Austin, Texas.

"Tara is a program changing rower," said Lister. "She is the fastest athlete at her program and builds up the rowers around her through her leadership as captain. We look forward to her bringing all her tangibles and intangibles to the Duke team."

Early decision candidates of the Class of 2015 include:

Brielle Batesko: Mercer Rowing Club

Sophia Blair: Radnor Crew

Alex Enzor: Connecticut Boat Club

Patricia Kolman: Mercer Rowing Club

Kara Risser: Los Gatos

Julie Rohde: Sacred Heart

Karolina Wadolowska: Sarasota Crew

All nine signees will join the Blue Devils starting in August for the 2011-12 campaign.

Race vs. Iowa, Cornell, Bucknell, Dartmouth, Buffalo, Rhode Island

Pictures from Carole and Dave Baker.

Great racing shots from shore. The race course is so close to the shore that you are practically standing one lane over from the racing. We had great support from parents and family. We also enjoyed the giant cookie....see pics!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Guth Cam

Ok, we finally have a video of A Day in the Life of Laura Guth. The video will show Guth at weights, walking or dancing around campus, traveling to practice, in a boat, at meals, and studying. We have it on our youtube account.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

From 5th to 3rd

Thanks to Carole Baker and her video and photography expertise, we have some great footage of the sprint of the Varsity 4+ finals at Knecht Cup. This was a field of 7 and the boat was in 5th place at the 1000m mark. Congratulations girls on a great strong second thousand and sprint sequence!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Can you find the Duke Coxswain?

One of our coxswains camped out for several weeks and now found a great spot to the Duke vs. UNC home game. Hint: white x marks the spot

School Spirit? Of course!!!

Rainy evening in K-Ville
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This is where students camp out for tickets to the UNC vs. Duke home game. We had a handful of rowers camp out this year.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Class of 2015

Duke rowing head coach Robyn Horner announced on Thursday the signing of Brielle Batesko, Sophia Blair, Alex Enzor, Patricia Kolman, Kara Risser, Julie Rohde, and Karolina Wadolowska to join the Blue Devils for the 2011-12 season.

"This class will be really special to our program," said Horner. "They are all hard-working athletes who will add immediately to our program's speed, but even more so to fostering our culture of excellence. We were very selective in finding rowers that understand our high reaching goals and who want to be apart of the experience to take our program to new heights."

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Fall Newsletter

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