May 16, 2012
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Georgetown University heavyweight varsity eight completed their season this past Sunday at the Eastern Sprints on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, MA.
In the morning heats, the Georgetown varsity eight of stroke Mike Blommer, Matt Stewart, Henry Hoffstot, Kyle Textor, Tim Broughton, Mike Hennessy, Alex Willen, bow John Absher, and coxswain Keri McKie, faced perennial Eastern Sprints contenders Harvard, Northeastern, Princeton, and Dartmouth. In the opening 1000 meters Georgetown was half of a boat-length down to Dartmouth. Georgetown started pushing back coming into the last 500 meters. With a strong surge Georgetown pushed ahead of Dartmouth coming into the last 250 meters. However In the last 10 strokes Dartmouth mounted a final sprint that catapulted them in front of GU in a time of 6:03.6 clinching the last qualifying spot in the Petite Final and knocking Georgetown who finished 1.2 seconds later out of the running for the top 12 spots.
In the afternoon of racing, the 3rd level final of the varsity eights featured Columbia, Georgetown, George Washington, Holy Cross, Rutgers and MIT. In the last 500 meters of the race, Georgetown trailed GW by a deck but sprinted through them in the final salvo to place 2nd in the race just 0.6 seconds behind Columbia University.
Also racing in the afternoon were the freshman and second varsity eights.
The freshman eight of coxswain Bethany Biszko, stroke Mike Squitieri, Austin Bury, Alex Miceli, Lazar Zdravkovic, Will Halle, Dimitri Roumeliotis, Hunter Dougherty, and bow Jack O'Donnell completed their racing at this year's Sprints in the third level final. Finishing in 2nd place less than 1 length behind Penn they were able to finish 4.2 seconds in front of next closest competitor MIT and also in front of Holy Cross, GW and Rutgers.
In the second varsity third level final, GU’s eight comprised of stroke Chris Kozak, Matt Funk, Chris Sparacino, Cameron Hoerner, Matt Mullman, Adam Orshefsky, James Nelson, Steven Lim, and coxswain Nathaniel Liu finished in front of Rutgers by 10.2 seconds, but trailed George Washington and Holy Cross who finished first.
Georgetown plans to continue racing this spring and has entered a Heavyweight Varsity Men's Four in the Interscholastic Rowing Association's National Championships to be held in Camden, NJ May 31st- June 2.