WASHINGTON - Georgetown University's men's rowing team retained the Father Patrick Healy Cup, defeating Holy Cross in the heavyweight varsity 8+ event on Saturday in Princeton, N.J. The Hoya lightweights also raced on the Potomac River on Saturday, falling to Navy in the lightweight 8+ race for the John J. Forster Cup.
"We had a challenging week reconfiguring the lineup and battling some health issues in the varsity," Head Men's Rowing Coach Luke Agnini said. "We lost the stroke seat of that boat the day after the GW invite due to an infected blister, and this week was all about people stepping up and taking advantage of a tough situation. I was impressed with Daniel [Eigler-Harding] making the switch from bow seat to stroke in a short week and was also impressed with Luke Nassif, who is a novice this year, for stepping in and handling some very tricky conditions. As a squad, we had a very intense week of training and it was nice to come away winning two of three races "
Racing against Holy Cross and Marist on the day, the Hoyas opened racing with a strong performance with the varsity 4+ boat. Georgetown defeated Marist by more than seven seconds and Holy Cross by nearly 30.
In the second race, the second varsity 8+ encountered boat issues after the first 1,000 meters but rallied to nearly overcome the detriment.
"The 2V learned a lot last week," Agnini said. "It's very young boat. A thousand meters into their race, when they were just beginning to mount a charge after falling behind early, the stroke, Dimitri Katsanos levered himself right off the seat and knocked the seat off the track in the process. They made a great rally and came charging back, closing over a length of open water, but ran out of steam in the end. With that said, I think they learned they never should have put themselves in that situation in the first place."
Closing out the day, the Blue & White raced against Holy Cross for the Healy Cup, named in honor of Father Patrick Healy, President of Georgetown from 1874-1882, who graduated from Holy Cross in 1850. The cup was donated by the Georgetown and Holy Cross classes of 2010 and is given to the winner of the varsity eight race between the two schools.
"I thought the first 1,000 meters of the race went the way it should have, but the second 1,000 exposed some things we are going to have to work on this week," Agnini said about the varsity 8+ race. "The spring has been a continual work in progress for these guys and we learned a lot out there. Holy Cross always races us hard for the Healy Cup and the conditions out there weren't ideal. It was great to come out with a win."
Coxswain: James Shearman, Daniel Eigler-Harding, Sean Barry, John Carroll, Ian Estevao, Hayden Pascal, Luke Nassif, Emmett Orts, Carson Yates Georgetown 5:47.98 Holy Cross 5:50.00 Marist 5:57.72
2nd Varsity 8+
Coxswain: William Rau, Dimitri Katsanos , Blake Sassaman, Vaughan Merrick, Alex Blackwood, Will Turner, Robert Danziger, Matthew Fritschen, Francesco Ambrosio Holy Cross 5:55.78 Marist 5:59.61 Georgetown 6:00.32
The lightweight squad returned to action against Navy in the Forster Cup on Saturday on the Potomac River. The cup is named for John J. Forster (B'70), a 1982 inductee of the Georgetown University Athletics Hall of Fame, an Olympian in the 1972 Munich Games and a Marine Corps veteran who was awarded two Purple Heart Medals in Vietnam.
Coxswain: Ryan Zuccala, 8: Olivier Malle, 7: Hector Formoso-Murias, 6: Kevin McGowan, 5: Thomas Ruggles, 4: Joe Cecil, 3: John Dolan, 2: Conor McCarrick, 1: Artym Hayda Navy 6:01.15 Georgetown 6:10.76
2nd varsity 8+
Coxswain: Leigh Miron, 8: Jack Sardinia, 7: Jonah Conlin, 6: Chris Graff, 5: Kiefer Mueller, 4: Jordi Perez, 3: John Matthews, 2: Cass Boehm, 1: William Mangan Navy 6:07.03 Georgetown 6:18.03
3rd varsity 8+
Coxswain: Hannah Elwell, 8: Liam Lafferty, 7: Ben Stern, 6: Tyler Little, 5: Jack Price, 4: Brendan Fish, 3: Reid Noch, 2: Jake Lockwood, 1: Thomas Dameris Navy 6:12.79 Georgetown 6:25.30
4th varsity 8+
Coxswain: Robert Papel, 8: Tucker Cowden, 7: James Banbury, 6: Grant Draper, 5: Deion Payne, 4: Thomas Kiely, 3: Matt Jasko, 2: Adam Rathjen, 1: Thomas Stubna Navy 4v 6:11.86 Navy 5v 6:23.44 Georgetown 6:39.28