Washington DC ? Georgetown Lightweight Men?s Crew started off the fall season on their home course this past weekend at the Head of the Potomac. This year?s squad is one of the largest in recent history, as the Hoyas boated three eights worth of rowers for the open event over the 2.8-mile course. Coach Mike Porterfield divided the varsity into class boats for the first race: juniors and seniors combined for one boat, while the large sophomore class was divided into the other two boats. Experience paid off as the junior/senior boat paced Georgetown?s lightweights, finishing fourth overall. Junior coxswain Mina Khosravi (Gainesville, Ga./Gainsville HS) steered a solid course while senior Tim Joyce (Bedford, N.Y./Iona Preparatory) set a smooth flow for the rowers behind him to follow. The seven other rowers powering the boat were seniors Andrew Adler (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola HS), Brian MacLaughlin (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola HS), Todd Johnson (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine HS), and Chris Dunning (Alexandria, Va./TC Williams HS), and juniors Cameron Smith (Austin, Texas/SF Austin HS), Tony Leotti (Bound Brook, N.J./Delbarton School) and Will Sheridan (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shady Side Academy). The sophomores proved their value to the lightweight squad finishing an impressive eighth and ninth overall, with only two seconds separating their boats.
The top finish for the lightweights came later in the day in the Open Fours race. Georgetown entered three boats, with the best finishing strong, third overall. Sophomore coxswain Louisa Seferis (Seattle, Wash./Lakeside HS) and rower Kyle Hatton (New Hartford, N.Y./New Hartford HS) joined MacLaughlin, Joyce and Johnson in racing this boat.
In the final race of the day, sophomores John Rutigliano (Manhasset, N.Y./Chaminade HS) and Michael Spaight (Huntington, Conn./Fairfield Preparatory) joined members of Georgetown?s other three varsity squads to race in the Mixed Eight, finishing second overall.
The lightweights compete next at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston on October 20th.