March 18, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University heavyweight men's crew opened its spring season on Saturday and swept all men's races at the Jesuit Invitational on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J., retaining the event's points trophy.
In the varsity eight race, Georgetown won in a time of 6:28.6. The winning varsity crew of coxswain Kerri McKie, stroke Tim Broughton, Matt Stewart, Henry Hoffstot, Ben Holtzmuller, James Nelson, , Charles De Pentheny O'Kelly Austin Bury and bow Jack O'Donnell finished 17.2 seconds in front of closest competitor St. Joes (6:45.5) and the rest of the field of Boston College, Fairfield and Loyola.
"While I am encouraged by the first race of the season, I know we have to continue improving on a weekly basis in order to reach our goals," de Pentheny Kelly said. "At the same time, we are excited about the races to come."
Georgetown's second varsity eight, consisting of coxswain Nathaniel Liu, stroke Austin Bury, John Absher, Will Halle, Mike Hennessy, Matt Mullman, Lazar Zdravkovic, Gar Ditz, and bow Kyle Textor, also won their race finishing in a time of 6:45.3, 14 seconds ahead of Boston College (6:59.3) and Fairfield.
"The conditions were a cross headwind but the water was actually pretty good so it ended up being pretty fun racing and a good way to kick off the spring season," Bury noted.
The freshman eight race turned out to be the most exciting race of the day. Georgetown's first freshman eight of coxswain Ross Wasserman, stroke Mike Lewers, Brian Hecht, Ray Dunn, Graham Miller, Derek Boyse, Bram Ouweleen, Jimmy McDermott and bow Westford Lang, won in a time of 6:40.8, in front of Boston College (6:42.3), Fairfield, and Georgetown's second freshman eight.
"We had a good start and pulled to a length lead in the first 500 meters," Dunn recalled. "To credit Boston College, they never gave up and fought us all the way to the finish line. We were able to pull off the win, but it was a great race.
"Next weekend we have the first of three races on Friday, so it will be a short week of training. We'll be looking to continue to tune everything up as we work through this early part of our season."
The varsity 4+ of Bethany Biszko, Gar Ditz, Steven Lim, Chris Sparacino and John Haviland also won their race in a time of 7:44.2 in front of Loyola's A boat (8:06.8), BC's A boat, Loyola's B boat and BC's B boat.
Georgetown men's heavyweight crew returns again to Camden, N.J., on the Cooper River next Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23, when they will meet Penn, Northeastern, and GW at the Pennsylvania Invitational Regatta.
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