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April 12, 2011
Greensboro, N.C.--Duke's Varsity Quad team and its Varsity Pairs were named Atlantic Coast Conference Crews of the Week presented by Chevrolet after capturing gold medals last Sunday at the 2011 Knecht Cup, which was hosted by Villanova on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J.
Duke's Varsity Quad, composed of 2010 All-America Alex Japhet (Everett, Wash.), Katie Burk (Lutz, Fla.), Kathryn Lowry (Wall, N.J.) and Steffi Rosser (Newton, Mass.), posted a time of 7:23.09 to defeat Massachusetts (7:29.85) in the finals.
Duke's Varsity Pairs, composed of All-ACC Rory Erickson-Kulas (Naugatuck, Conn.) and Emily Theys (Stoughton, Wis.) posted a time of 8:24.06 to defeat Fairfield (8:32.30), Kansas (8:36.57), Massachusetts (8:46.32), Pittsburgh (8:46.57) and Massachusetts "B" (8:55.24), in the grand finale of the Pairs competition. Earlier Erickson-Kulas and Theys, two of just 24 rowers nationally who have been selected to participate in the 2011 US Rowing Women's U23 National Team Camp this summer, had posted the fastest times of the heats and semifinals in the Varsity Pairs events.
Duke will next be in action at the 2011 ACC Rowing Championships which will be held on Saturday, April 23, on Lake Hartwell in Clemson, S.C.