Oct. 25, 2010
BOSTON, Mass. - The Georgetown University men's crew finished competition at the Head of the Charles over the weekend, with the Varsity Heavyweight Eight finishing 27th in the Men's Championship Eights race in a time of 15:01.769 and the Lightweight Eight finishing eighth, in 14:38.054.
The Hoya Heavyweights finished behind Oxford University Boat Club and in front of the Brown University Alumni. The race featured 35 boats from around the world, with the heavyweight crew consisting of stroke Matt Stewart, Henry Hoffstot, Sam Viola, Mike Hennessy, Ben Holtzmuller, Tim Broughton, Charlie de Pentheny-O'Kelly, Mike Blommer and coxswain Kerri McKie, all of whom made the grand finals at the 2010 Eastern Sprints.
The Hoya Lightweights finished in eighth place in their event, with a time of 14:38.054. The Hoyas had a strong start to the race, reaching Riverside with the third fastest time in the field, but the final time suffered when another crew failed to yield to the charging G150’s. With only three Eastern Sprints schools besting Georgetown on Sunday, the lights feel they are in a good spot heading into the Princeton Chase next weekend.
"I was pleased with most of what we did yesterday. While our final time suffered as a result of another crew's failure to yield, we were very aggressive in our approach and in the execution of our race plan. We were among the fastest three crews to Riverside and Katie Courtin steered a great course. The result left us hungry for more and I'm excited we only have to wait a week before we test ourselves again," said Light Men’s Co-Captain Bill Houston ’11 (Haddon Heights, NJ/St. Joseph's Prep).
The lightweight men’s four also had a strong performance in Boston, besting all but one Eastern Sprints rival, Yale. The four finished in 5th place overall with a time of 16:35.863, an improvement from 2009’s 7th place and it put the Hoyas just 12 seconds from this year’s winning crew. In the four, freshmen Connor Smith '14 (Winettka, IL/New Trier) and Philip Oertle '14 (Kantonsschule Freudenberg, Switzerland) were able to find a strong rhythm with their varsity teammates after only a few weeks of practice.
"After two days of white caps at the starting line, our race was rowed under favorable conditions, which allowed us to start with an aggressive, powerful pace through the Powerhouse Stretch. We look forward to getting faster and to closing the gap as the year goes on," said Lightweight Men's Varsity Four Stroke, Jack Devlin '13 (Arlington, VA/Gonzaga).