WASHINGTON - Georgetown University’s men’s rowing team wrapped up its fall racing schedule in dominating fashion, winning all three events at the Head of the Occoquan Regatta on Saturday afternoon.
“I think I was most happy with the freshman boat, and all of the coxswains did a great job on the course,” said Head Coach Luke Agnini. “For me, the fall season is to make the training more interesting and giving people a chance to see what they can do. One of the cool parts of competition is seeing what people do with the opportunity that’s been given to you.”
Opening the day in the Collegiate 8+ race, the Blue & Gray’s heavyweight 8+ won the event in their first true competition of the season. The Hoyas also had a pair of lightweight 8+ crews on the water, finishing in third and fourth place behind Marietta. Other teams that finished behind GU included George Mason, Pittsburgh, La Salle, Virginia Commonwealth, Loyola, SUNY Maritime, Duke, Carnegie Mellon, Maryland, Mary Washington, St. Mary’s (Md.), Susquehanna and Old Dominion.
Georgetown followed that up with a one-two finish in the novice 8+ race. The lightweight boat edged its heavyweight counterpart by just 3.64 seconds to sweep the field over La Salle, Pittsburgh, George Mason, Maryland, Mary Washington, Duke, Carnegie Mellon, Virginia Commonwealth and St. John’s.
“This was a great way to end the fall racing season,” Varsity Lightweight Coach Lee Rumpf said. “The results give us a good idea of how we can help improve the gap between our top two boats in the spring. That way we can continue to push each other and improve on our finish from last year.”
Wrapping up the day in the collegiate 4+ event, the Hoyas raced three boats and finished first, third and seventh. The top two crews were rowing their second race of the day with the lightweight 4+ taking home the victory and the heavyweight 4+ claiming third. Georgetown defeated Marietta once again in the race which had its boat comprised of rowers that placed fourth at the IRA Nationals last season.
“It was really cool to see the freshmen, heavyweights and lightweights bang heads together all fall,” Agnini added. “That’s something we’ve never done here before, and that’s something really cool for boathouse culture.”
Georgetown returns to competition in March as it travels to Charlottesville, Va., to scrimmage Virginia on both the lightweight and heavyweight sides.