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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: August 27, 2007
Margaret Duggan (Bronxville HS/Bronxville, N.Y.), a 2006 Colby College graduate, helped the United States boat take second place in a heat in the Women's Lightweight Quadruple Sculls at the 2007 FISA World Rowing Championships on Monday at the 1972 Olympic Regatta Course in Oberschleissheim, Germany.
Great Britain won the second of two heats in a time of 6:41.44 over the 2,000-meter course. The U.S. boat was a tight second in 6:42.38, while the Netherlands placed third in 6:53.25 and Malaysia was way back in last with a time of 7:18.04.
In the other heat, Austria had the best time of the day with a winning clocking of 6:38.42. China took second in 6:44.81, Germany was third with a 6:45.91, and Italy took fourth in 7:09.07.
Austria and Great Britain earn byes to the championship race on September 2. The other six boats will compete in a repechage race Wednesday for the chance to make the six-boat final.
Duggan rows for the New York Athletic Club and competed in the race with Sarah Bates (Garrison, N.Y.), Carey Brezler (Waynesboro, Pa.), and Hannah Moore (Niskayuna, N.Y.). Duggan and Bates, also a rower for the New York Athletic Club, won the Under-23 Women's Doubles at last year's Head of the Charles Regatta.
Duggan's boat qualified for the World Rowing Championships by winning at the 2007 U.S. Rowing Senior World Trials at Mercer Lake, New Jersey, on August 1. The foursome had a time of 6:38.685 over the 2,000-meter course to beat the runner-up boat by nearly five seconds.
Duggan had a fine career at Colby on the water and in the classroom. She was an alternate and made the trip to Sacramento when the Colby women's crew won the NCAA Division III Championships in 2003. After that success in her first year at Colby, Duggan helped the Mules finish sixth at the NCAA meet in 2005 and eighth in 2006. Duggan also was named to the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association National Scholar-Athlete Team and was on the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Spring All-Academic Team in 2005 and 2006.