WASHINGTON - Georgetown University's men's rowing team competed at the 53rd Head of the Charles Regatta over the weekend in Boston, Mass. The Hoyas posted strong showings in the lightweight 8+, lightweight 4+ and a championship 4+ races on Sunday.
Georgetown put together a heavyweight boat comprised solely of freshman to compete in the championship fours event. With Persis Moore (Boca Raton, Fla./St. Paul's [N.H.]) as the coxswain, the foursome of Joe O'Brien (Havertown, Pa./Haverford), Clemente Borgogni (Rye, N.Y./Rye), Robert Warming (Newton, Mass./Belmont Hill) and Vincent Zhu (Orlando, Fla./Winter Park) posted a time of 16:54.659 to finish in 16th place. Racing in a field of 19 boats, the Hoyas competed against a bevy of collegiate, international and club programs.
"They had a good row," said Head Coach Luke Agnini. "They were rowing in one of the hardest events of the regatta and think the most important thing was that they were exposed to the level of competition to expect in college. It was good experience and we can tell them if they develop properly they can go out and win this event in a couple of years."
The Blue & Gray also raced in the lightweight eights and lightweight fours events. Georgetown's 8+ boat consisting of Ryan Zuccala (Orchard Park, N.Y./Canisius) at coxswain, Tyler Little (North Wales, Pa./La Salle), Tommy Ruggles (Weston, Mass./Belmont Hill), Cass Boehm (Alexandria, Va./Gonzaga), Olivier Malle (New York, N.Y./Lawrenceville), Kiefer Mueller (Rye, N.Y./Rye), Joe Cecil (Alpharetta, Ga./Johns Creek), Artym Hayda (Providence, R.I./Wheeler) and Hector Formoso-Murias (Key Biscayne, Fla./Belen Jesuit Prep) overcame an oar collision with a buoy on the final turn to finish 13th with a time of 14:45.457.
"While the collision impacted our overall result, I thought that the majority of the race was really well rowed," said Lightweight Varsity Coach Lee Rumpf. "It was the best piece that combination of guys has had so far this year."
The lightweight squad also entered a boat with Hannah Elwell (Worcester, Mass./Phillips Exeter) as the coxswain to go with an all-freshman lineup of Michael Jones (New York, N.Y.), Peter Digiovanni (Milton, Mass.), Declan Mirabella (North Wales, Pa.) and Jonathan Menendez (Miami Lake, Fla.) and finished 10th overall, sixth against collegiate foes, with a time of 16:32.337.
"In the lightweight freshman boat, getting sixth out of the college teams is great," Rumpf continued. "I think that's exactly what we're looking to build off of. For an all-freshman boat, I was really pleased with their performance."
Georgetown return to the water this weekend with the lightweights at the Head of the Schuylkill on Saturday and both squads at the Princeton Chase on Sunday.
Lightweight Eights (13th place -- 14:45.457)
Coxwain: Ryan Zuccala, 1: Hector Formoso-Murias, 2: Artym Hayda, 3: Joe Cecil, 4: Kiefer Mueller, 5: Olivier Malle, 6: Cass Boehm, 7: Tommy Ruggles, 8: Tyler Little