(6-1-19) Over the years Ft. Recovery has turned out numerous college athletes at all levels in many different sports and now you can add DI women’s rowing to that list.

Rachel Kaup, a three-sport star ( volleyball, swimming and track) for the Indians, was recently named a tri-captain for the Duquesne’s Women’s Rowing team for the 2019-20 school year. Kaup, who will be a Senior will join two Juniors, Emily Chadwick and Elizabeth Giglia in leading the Dukes.

Duquesne Women’s Rowing Head Coach Jenn Langzettel

Rachel is a great choice for team captain as a senior and was voted to the role by her teammates along with 2 juniors.  She is an incredibly hard worker.  Since Rachel joined the team as a walk on we have enjoyed having her with us.  While Rachel is not one of the biggest or one of the strongest, her fitness and her mental drive along with her lighter frame allow her to transfer her power to the water well.  She wins seat races and was a solid member of the varsity eight this spring sitting in 7 seat.  Anyone that occupies 7 seat is a good leader for the boat.  She helps to transfer the stroke seat’s cadence to the bow 6 while helping keep the power house center of the boat under control.

Rachel is a very mature and focused woman that understands what it takes to be successful both on and off the water.  While working hard as a Division I rower (getting up for 5:30am practices almost everyday throughout the year, completing double practices, lifting, extra workouts, and weekend travel for competition) Rachel has maintained a 3.6 GPA in a very demanding Environmental Chemistry major.  Her no nonsense attitude and off the cuff humor add to a strong team dynamic that is in place right now.  At the helm Rachel, along with her co-captains and fellow seniors, will lead this team to great success in the coming season.  We all look forward to the year ahead.

In 2018 she was one of 10 Dukes named by the College Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) as a 2018 National Scholar-Athlete Award winner.

To be considered as a CRCA National Scholar-Athlete, the student-athlete must have recorded a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher for her career, must have been in her second, third or fourth year of eligibility, and she must have rowed in her institution’s NCAA or IRA eligible boat(s) for a minimum of 75 percent of the current spring races or racing in a regional conference event.

Duquesne University is a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference and is located in Pittsburgh.