Georgetown Men's Crew Looking Forward to Competition at Head of the Charles Regatta

Oct. 18, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - The Georgetown University men's crew is sending its heavyweight and lightweight squads to race at the 48th Head of the Charles in Boston, Massachusetts, this weekend. They will be competing in the regatta's top events: the championship eights and fours, and lightweight eights and fours. The line-ups for the Hoyas include:
Men's Championship Eight
Cox - Kerri McKie
Stroke - Henry Hoffstot
7 - Matt Stewart
6 - Tim Broughton
5 - Ben Holtzmuller
4 - James Nelson
3 - John Absher
2 - Mike Blommer
Bow - Mike Hennessy

Men's Championship Four

Cox - Nathaniel Liu
Stroke - Austin Bury
3 - Graham Miller
2 - Jack O'Donnell
Bow - Kyle Textor

Men's Lightweight Eight
Cox - Cathryn Courtin

Stroke - John Devlin

7 - Connor Smith

6 - Alexander Hagan

5 - Chandler Mahaney 

4 - Maxwell Mortimer 

3 - Michael Davidson 

2 - MatthewSarge 

Bow - Kyle McConnell  

Men's Lightweight Four
Cox - Gabriel Sim  

4 - Stephen Kwong  

3 - Thomas Guthrie  

2 - Stephen Raiola  

Bow - Joshua Sattel

These oarsmen will face some of the best crews in the world, including entries from the U.S. National Team, a world rowing all-star team, and a full field of the top U.S. collegiate crews.
Head coach Tony Johnson previewed the racing this weekend for the heavyweights: "This year's championship eight entry is comprised of six seniors, two juniors, and a senior coxswain. They have been having some enjoyable outings this past week, so I think they are capable of a solid performance on Sunday. Our championship four consists of one senior, two sophomores, one freshman, and a senior coxswain. Selection for this four was especially tight. Their goal will be to improve upon our performance in that event from last year."
Henry Hoffstot, the heavyweight team captain, adds, "The team has entered the fall season quite motivated, and expectations are high for the coming year. With a large number of seniors in the varsity boat, there is a shared recognition that it is high time to perform. The Head of the Charles is a great first test, and I have no doubt that it will either encourage, or further motivate, our squad moving forward."
The lightweight varsity is being led by first year coach Sam Stitt. He offers the following description of his squad's efforts this fall leading into the Charles: "This year's G150 squad looks to defend their 3rd place finish at last year's Head of the Charles.  Returning squad members include 3 U.S. National Team members that raced at last summer's U23's in Lithuania. Seniors Jack Devlin and Chan Mahaney, who raced the lightweight men's pair for the U.S., finishing 12th overall, are  this year's team captains. Junior Philip Oertle returns from the priority LM4-, which won the B final for a 7th place finish. This squad is a young boat rebuilding from a 4th place finish at last year's national championship in Camden, NJ." Just seconds off of the medals stand, Coach Stitt and freshmen coach Giuseppe Lanzone look forward to going up against teams like Harvard and Princeton this weekend in Boston.
Lightweight team captain Jack Devlin is optimistic about the race. "The lightweight men have a lot to be excited about this fall. With the arrival of Coach Stitt and Coach Lanzone, and the assistance of Vince Puma, the team has experienced a surge of new energy and is ready to perform at the Head of the Charles and Princeton Chase in the upcoming weeks. The varsity has been training hard over the summer, and since early September, the squad has seen a lot of progress in a short amount of time. We expect to be very competitive with the best in the Eastern Sprints this fall, and we hope fall success will motivate us as we go into winter training."
The heavy and light crews are coming off a productive Head of the Potomac Regatta on September 30th.  They placed second and third respectively in the open eight category and were the first 4 finishers in the men's four in a field of 16 boats.
The 2012 Head of the Charles Regatta will be held on Saturday, October 20, and Sunday, October 21 in Boston, Massachusetts, on the Charles River. With over 9,000 competitors entered to race and 300,000 spectators expected over the 2 days of competition, it is the largest regatta in the world. The Georgetown heavyweights will be in action at 2:32 PM on Sunday with the men's championship fours and 2:55PM with the men's championship eights. The Georgetown lightweights race at 4:15PM in the men's lightweight four and 4:38 PM in the men's lightweight eight.  
Georgetown is also fielding an entry in the Men's Alumni Eight (listed below) which features graduates from both the lightweight and heavyweight squads from past years.
Men's Alumni Eight

Cox - Victoria Stuglis `11
Stroke - Taylor Frank `08
7 - Steve Kendall `12
6 - Conal Groom `95
5 - Joe Ledvina `10
4 - Bill Houston `11
3 - Joe Krajewski `06
2 - Connor McKinnon `12
Bow - CJ Matthieu `08

The full schedule of races for the weekend can be found online at
Head of the Charles Luncheon:
On Saturday, October 20th, at the Head of the Charles Regatta, the Georgetown men's and women's crews will be welcoming those members of the Georgetown Crew family who have come north to compete and observe at this year's HOCR. They will be providing lunch at 12:00PM to the rowers, coaches, parents, alumni and friends.
This riverside luncheon's location will be different from the Alumni Village tents. Weather permitting; we plan on being near the Vespoli tent located in the vendor area past Elliot Bridge, about 500 meters before the finish line. If you plan on attending, please RSVP to Liz or Frank White at or  An email confirmation will be sent on the morning of the event to those that RSVP. Directions to the regatta are available at
Georgetown Crew will also be back in action again next weekend on October 28th, racing in all categories of the Princeton Chase Regatta in Princeton, NJ.



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