May 23, 2014
WASHINGTON – The Georgetown University men’s heavyweight crew completed the Eastern Sprints on Sunday, placing one boat in the grand finals and two in third level finals. Overall, the Hoyas finished in 13th place out of 18 crews in the Rowe Cup Standings.
In the morning heats, Georgetown’s freshman eight of coxswain James Shearman (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron), bow John Oswald (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich), Nathaniel Wegbreit (Wadsworth, Ill./Homechool), Devin Baker (Glenelg, Md./McDonogh School), Ignacio De Lera (Rye, N.Y./Rye Country Day), Bryan Renslo (Palos Verdes, Calif./Chadwick School), Chris Cacace (Yonkers, N.Y./Hackley School), Vaughan Merrick (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) and stroke Nakul Makkad (Fullerton, Calif./Fairmont Prep) faced strong competition from the boats from Brown, Cornell, and Navy. With only three crews advancing, the stage for who would reach the final group was set. In the opening 500 meters, Navy opened up a two-seat lead on the Hoyas. Georgetown was able to move back even with Navy with a strong push in the second quarter of the race. The Blue & Gray continued to move away from Navy to finish third in a time of 5:58.0 clinching the last qualifying spot in the grand final for just the second time in history for Georgetown.
“I was happy with the way the freshmen executed the race plan in the heat. Our guys handled the pressure Navy put on us in the beginning of the race and were able to steadily move ahead to qualify for the final,” stated Georgetown Assistant Coach Mike Guerrieri.
The freshman eight completed their racing in the grand final, finishing in a time of 5:54.1, 5.1 seconds out of fifth behind GW, finishing sixth overall.
In the afternoon racing, the third level final of the varsity eights featured George Washington, Syracuse, Holy Cross, MIT and Rutgers. In the last 500 meters of the race, Georgetown’s varsity eight of coxswain Bethany Biszko (Tiverton, R.I./St Mary's Academy Bay View), bow William Halle (Dallas, Texas/Cistercian Prep), Hayden Pascal (Greenwich, Conn./Taft School), Jimmy McDermott (Wayne, Pa./Conestoga), Lazar Zdravkovic (Belgrade, Serbia/Stiernhooks Gymnasiet, Rattvik, Sweden), Philip Miller (Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick), Benjamin Holtzmuller (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day), Bram Ouweleen (Evaston, Ill./Evaston Township) and stroke Robert Danziger (Lincoln, Mass./Belmont Hill) trailed three seats behind Holy Cross. GU mounted an impressive sprint but fell just .4 seconds short of the Crusaders in a time of 5:46.5 and finished in fourth place in third final and 16th overall.
“We had a very young crew this year at Sprints with only two seniors in the top eight due in part to some injuries. I thought they raced the best they had all year in the heat and final. But in this league a few seconds can make a big difference. I think these guys will continue to improve and I look forward to seeing how they progress in the coming seasons,” noted Hoyas Head Coach Tony Johnson.
In their level final, the second varsity eight, comprised of coxswain Colette Gilner (Sandy Springs, Md./Stone Ridge), bow Corso Rosati (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto), Mike Lewers (Wayne, Pa./Malvern Prep), John Absher (Greenville, S.C./James L. Mann), Jameson Nelson (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier), Westford Lang (Dallas, Texas/Dallas Jesuit), Derek Boyse (Washington, DC/Groton School), Brian Hecht (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joe's Prep) and stroke Ray Dunn (Harvard, Mass./The Groton School) had a much stronger race than in their preliminary heat. They finished fourth, and 16th overall, in a time of 6:02.7 in front of MIT (6:09.2), Rutgers (6:14), and trailed only Holy Cross, George Washington and Penn.
Georgetown has entered a men’s four with coxswain in the Interscholastic Rowing Association's (IRA) National Championships to be held at Lake Mercer in Princeton Junction, N.J., May 30 - June 1.