Men's Heavyweight Crew Wins Season Opener at Jesuit Invitational

Georgetown swept the Jesuit Invitational for the second consecutive year.

March 17, 2014

CAMDEN, N.J. – The Georgetown men’s crew heavyweight squad opened its 2014 spring season on Saturday, winning all three events and claiming the point’s trophy at the Jesuit Invitational. It is the second consecutive season that the Hoyas have won the point’s trophy over its Jesuit rivals. The regatta was held in stiff winds and choppy water conditions on the Cooper River.

"The Jesuit Invitational is a valuable regatta for our program,” said senior captain Ben Holtzmuller (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day). “It gives us the opportunity to test line-ups against other Jesuit schools that have become increasingly competitive. We have a young squad and a few key injuries right now, but I'm proud that each boat did what they had to do to for Georgetown so we could retain the points trophy."

The day started off with a win for the Hoyas’ Freshman Eight boat, which finished in a time of 6:14.6, 14.4 seconds ahead of Saint Joseph’s, which crossed the finish line in 6:29.0. Georgetown’s boat consisted of Chris Cacace (Yonkers, N.Y./Hackley School), John Oswald (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich), Carson Yates, (Oklahoma City, Okla./Heritage Hall), Devin Baker (Glenelg, Md./McDonogh School), Nakul Makkad (Fullerton, Calif./Fairmont Prep), Bryan Renslo (Palos Verdes, Calif./Chadwick School), Nathan Wegbreit (Wadsworth, Ill./Homechool) and Vaughan Merrick (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich).

In the same race, Georgetown’s Third Varsity Eight placed third in a time of 6:37.7, finishing in front of both of Boston College’s boats. Rowing for the Hoyas were Connor Tweardy, Corso Rosati (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto), Derek Boyse (Washington, DC/Groton School), John Haviland (State College, Pa/State College), Nick Biedermann (Bedford, N.H./Bedford), John Stopper (Westport, Conn./Staples), Ray Dunn (Harvard, Mass./The Groton School) and Steven Lim (Wake Forest, N.C./Ravenscroft School).

In the second varsity race, Georgetown enjoyed its largest margin of victory for the day, finishing 15 seconds ahead of its closest competitor, Saint Joseph’s, in a time of 6:01.1. The Hoyas’ boat consisted of Gar Ditz (Colorado Springs, Colo./Philips Exeter Academy), Lazar Zdravkovic (Belgrade, Serbia/Stiernhooks Gymnasiet (Sweden)), William Halle (Dallas, Texas/Cistercian Prep), Brian Hecht (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joe's Prep), Dunn, Rosati, Boyse and Mike Lewers (Wayne, Pa./Malvern Prep).

The varsity race was the final race of the day and also the most exciting. Boston College got off to a fast start and was up by a full boat length after the first 500 meters of the race. Rowing in increasingly strong winds gusting up to 28 miles per hour, the Hoyas clawed their way back and in the closing seconds of the race moved into the lead, winning by a margin of 1.2 seconds, 5:55.8 to 5:57.0. Georgetown’s boat was rowed by Bram Ouweleen (Evaston, Ill./Evaston Township), Robby Danziger (Lincoln, Mass./Belmont Hill), Graham Miller (Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick), Holtzmuller, Hayden Pascal (Greenwich, Conn./Taft School), Oswald, John Absher (Greenville, S.C./James L. Mann) and Jimmy McDermott (Wayne, Pa./Conestoga).

"It was nice to end our spring training camp and first week on the water with a race,” said assistant coach Mike Guerrieri. “We look forward to seeing some of our league competition in two weeks when we face Princeton and Syracuse on Lake Carnegie."

Georgetown is next in action on Saturday, March 22, when the lightweight squad hosts Delaware on the Potomac River.



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