June 20, 2010
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's crew began its international racing on Saturday at the Marlow Regatta in England. The Hoyas won their morning heat against five other English boats with a crew consisting of stroke Charlie de Pentheny O'Kelly, Henry Hoffstot, Mike Hennessy, Tim Broughton, and coxswain Carly Heitlinger.
Georgetown had a strong opening push to put them in the lead after the first 500 meters. They were able to hold onto their lead for the rest of the race, earning the qualification spot in the afternoon final.
The final featured boats from Oxford Brooks University, London Rowing Club, Isis Rowing Club (Oxford University), Agecroft Rowing Club, Bristol University and Georgetown University. In the first 500 meters of the final, Georgetown found itself trailing the pack, one half length down on the field, but by the midway point of the race, Georgetown had pulled back into contention and were tied for second with Bristol University. The margins stayed the same in the third quarter of the race but in the sprint, Bristol pulled away slightly and Georgetown held off a charging London and Isis crews. Oxford Brooks won the race in a time of 6:25.57, Bristol University was second in 6:28.33, Georgetown was close third in 6:30.12, London RC (6:31.78) and Isis RC ( 6:32.53) finished next with Agecroft (6:39) in sixth.
"The team raced very well today. They faced some of the best collegiate and club fours in England and held their own. We look forward to gaining more racing experience tomorrow as we prepare for Henley," stated coach Mike Guerrieri.
Georgetown will compete in some short course 1000-meter sprints tomorrow in the second day of racing at Marlow Regatta. Their morning heat goes off at 10:40AM (UK time). They must finish in the top 3 to advance to the 1000m final that will be held just 45 minutes later. Check back for updates tomorrow regarding Georgetown's racing on day two of the Marlow Regatta.