Georgetown Heavyweight Varsity Retains Father Healy Cup

April 17, 2012

 The Georgetown University Crew continued with its dual racing season on the Lake Carnegie, in Princeton, NJ on Saturday afternoon. They competed against regular season rival Holy Cross and were able to retain the Father Healy Cup.

The day of racing started out with the freshman eight race. The line-up of coxswain Bethany Biszko, stroke Mike Squitieri,  Austin Bury, Alex Miceli, Lazar Zdravkovic, Will Halle, Dimitri Roumeliotis Hunter Dougherty and bow Jack O’Donnell,  blasted off the line to take a full length lead after the first 500 meters. Georgetown continued with a steady pace throughout the rest of the 2K race to finish in a time of 6:07.4. Holy Cross finished 16 2 seconds later in a time of 6:23.6.

In the next race, the junior varsity eight event, stroke Chris Kozak, Matt Funk, Chris Sparacino, Cameron Hoerner, James Nelson, Adam Orshefsky, Matt Mullman, Steven Lim and coxswain Nathaniel Liu fought hard to gain a 3 seat advantage by the 500 meter mark. But Holy Cross came back and by the halfway mark of the race the crews were level. The Holy Cross 2V regained the lead and would hold on to it for the rest of the race. Georgetown finished in a time of 6:06.4, 5.2 seconds behind the Holy Cross 2V who crossed the line in 6:01.2 and 0.9 seconds behind the Holy Cross 3V who finished in a time of 6:05.5.

The final matchup of the day and race for the cup featured the Georgetown varsity eight of stroke Matt Stewart, Henry Hoffstot, John Absher, Mike Blommer, Mike Hennessy, Tim Broughton, Kyle Textor, Alex Willen and coxswain Kerri McKie. They were in a tight battle in the first 1200 meters, but Georgetown pulled away in the last 750 meters finishing in 5:46.7 with open water on Holy Cross who finished with a time of 5:50.3.



“I think we did a good job staying focused today. Holy Cross jumped out on us early but we stayed consistent and were able to come back through them in the second half of race”, noted team captain Henry Hoffstot. He added, “We are looking forward to the next two weeks of uninterrupted training before our next race”.

Georgetown continues its racing on April 28th when they travel to New Brunswick, N.J. to face George Washington and Rutgers.


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