Dugan, U.S. team fourth in world rowing final

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: September 3, 2007
Margaret Duggan (Bronxville HS/Bronxville, N.Y.), a 2006 Colby College graduate, just missed out on a medal as she and her United States teammates placed fourth in the championship race of the Women's Lightweight Quadruple Sculls at the 2007 FISA World Rowing Championships on Sunday at the 1972 Olympic Regatta Course in Oberschleissheim, Germany.

Austria won the title and the gold medal with a time of 6:35.97 over the 2,000-meter course. Great Britain placed second in 6:38.78, China was third with a 6:40.32, and the U.S. had a time of 6:41.82. Germany (6:42.69) and Netherlands (6:48.20) rounded out 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.

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