April 30, 2013
WASHINGTON - In racing Sunday morning on the Potomac River, Georgetown University men's varsity eight defeated George Washington and Rutgers in its annual regular season race.
The heavyweight varsity eight crew of coxswain Kerri McKie, stroke Matt Stewart, Henry Hoffstot, Ben Holtzmuller, Tim Broughton, Graham Miller, Mike Hennessy, Jack O'Donnell, and bow Mike Blommer started soundly and were level with GW after the first 500 meters. GW slowly fell back in the second 500 and Georgetown was able to secure open water in the 3rd quarter of the race. GU finished with a 5.8 second advantage in 5:46.9 over GW who finished in 5:52.7 and Rutgers in 6:03.8.
Varsity captain Hofstott noted, "We are continuing to look for more speed and now that our regular season is completed our sights are firmly set on preparing for Sprints in 3 weeks."
Georgetown's second varsity eight, comprised of coxswain Nathaniel Liu, stroke Austin Bury, Charlie DePentheny O'Kelly, Will Halle, Kyle Textor, James Nelson, Lazar Zdrakovic, Matt Mullman, and bow John Absher, were also in action. In their race, GW and Rutgers held on for the first 1000 meters but in the second half of the race the Hoyas moved in front of Rutgers and the Colonials and had a clear length advantage coming into the last 500 meters. The Colonials grazed oars over a course buoy heading into the last 500 meters, which set them back a few more seats. The finishing times were GU 6:05.2, Rutgers 6:10.2 and GW 6:15.6.
In close racing, the Georgetown third varsity eight made up some distance in its third meeting with GW's frosh boat this year. After GW took a length in the first half of the race, the Georgetown crew of coxswain Bethany Biszko, stroke Ray Dunn, Wes Lang, Gar Ditz, Brian Hecht, Derek Boyse, Bram Ouweleen, Jimmy McDermott and bow John Haviland remained steady and wouldn't back down to finish just 3.6 seconds behind the Colonials in a time of 6:05.9 and 12.3 seconds ahead of Rutgers.
"We came together this week and are finally starting to have more fun with our rowing," freshman stroke Dunn noted. "We will look to continue the current trend as we prepare for Sprints."
Georgetown also raced a fourth eight, consisting of coxswain Ross Wasserman, stroke Jay Tsai, Steven Lim, Chris Sparacino, John Stopper, Dylan Cutler, Corso Rosati, Tomas Escalona and bow Adam Orshefsky. Although they fell back early to Rutgers and tangled briefly with a course buoy, they continued to fight and finished the race 10.9 seconds behind Rutgers, who finished the race in 6:28.6.
Georgetown's heavyweight men will now prepare for the EARC Sprints, which will be held on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, MA, on May 19th.