April 30, 2012
The Georgetown University men's crew wrapped up their regular season by traveling to New Brunswick, N.J., on Saturday to face George Washington and Rutgers on the Raritan River.
The marquee race of the afternoon featured a matchup between the #13 Georgetown varsity eight in lane 1, #17 Rutgers in lane 2 and the #15 ranked Colonials in lane 3. Stroke Mike Blommer, Matt Stewart, Henry Hoffstot, Kyle Textor, Tim Broughton, Mike Hennessy, Alex Willen, bow John Absher, and coxswain Keri McKie started a length down on GW, as the curved course necessitated a staggered start. 600 meters in, Georgetown had pulled even with Rutgers and within ½ length of GW's lead. By the second turn and with 900 meters left in the race, GU had pulled even with the hard fighting GW eight. Georgetown dug in and moved to a two seat advantage. In the last 500 meters, Georgetown pushed once again and was able to break open the lead to a full length. GW attempted to charge back on GU in the last 20 strokes, but the Hoyas were able to cross the line first in a time of 5:51.2, 2.6 seconds ahead of second place and 18.6 seconds ahead of Rutgers in third.
"I felt like the race went well," said first-time stroke Mike Blommer. "We have a new line-up this week and I felt like we were able to really put together some driving rhythm in the last 1000 meters of the race."
In the 2V race, Hoyas also drew lane 1. Stroke Chris Kozak, Matt Funk, Chris Sparacino, Cameron Hoerner, Matt Mullman, Adam Orshefsky, James Nelson, Steven Lim, and coxswain Nathaniel Liu fought hard to close the margin on Rutgers by the 500 meter mark. GW had taken a length lead in the early portion of the race. The Hoyas didn't give in and closed the margin to 2.6 seconds by the end of the race finishing in 2nd behind the GW 2V who crossed the line in 6:09.8 and 4.9 seconds in front of the Rutgers 2V who finished in a time of 6:17.3.
In the 1F race, starting in lane 3, 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 took advantage of the staggered start to secure a full length lead after the first 500 meters. Georgetown continued with a strong steady pace and were able to counter any challenges made by GW throughout the rest of the 2K and increased their lead in the last 500 meters. Georgetown finished first in a time of 5:58.0. The GW 1F, who had won the SIRA regatta one week earlier, finished 7.2 seconds later in a time of 6:05.2 and were followed by Rutgers in 6:15.4.
In other racing, the second freshman four of stroke Matt Huszagh, Mike Scialpi, Alec Randall, John Haviland, and Alex Pommier had a strong race but were bested by Rutgers, who finished in a time of 7:08.8. The Hoya freshman four were second in a time of 7:17.0 and finished 13.9 seconds in front of GW's four, who had beaten them earlier in the year.
Georgetown's varsity eight has completed their regular season competition with a record of 9-5 and the entire squad travels to Lake Quinsigamond in Worchester, MA, in two weeks for the Eastern Sprints Championship on May 13th.
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