WASHINGTON - Georgetown University's men's rowing team begins its fall slate in earnest as it competes in the 53rd Head of the Charles Regatta this weekend in Boston, Mass. The Hoyas will send a lightweight 8+, a lightweight 4+ and a championship 4+ boat to race on Sunday.
Georgetown opens the action on Sunday at 1:16 p.m. in the championship 4+ race with a boat comprised solely of freshmen. With Persis Moore (Boca Raton, Fla./St. Paul's [N.H.]) as the coxswain, the foursome of Joe O'Brien (Havertown, Pa./Haverford), Clemente Borgogni (Rye, N.Y./Rye), Robert Warming (Newton, Mass./Belmont Hill) and Vincent Zhu (Orlando, Fla./Winter Park) will compete against 19 other crews. Collegiate competitors include California, Oregon State, Princeton, George Washington, Northeastern, Wisconsin, Harvard, Stanford, Boston University and Cornell. The Hoyas will also race against nine other international and club programs from across the globe.
"This weekend we're just taking the freshmen to the Head of the Charles because we're focusing on developing," said Head Coach Luke Agnini. "We're taking a freshman heavyweight four to get some early experience and holding the varsity back to develop at an extended pace so they can peak later in the spring and not do too much in the fall."
Also starting at 1:16 p.m. is the lightweight 4+ boat with Hannah Elwell (Worcester, Mass./Phillips Exeter) as the coxwain. The boat of Michael Jones (New York, N.Y.), Peter Digiovanni (Milton, Mass.), Declan Mirabella (North Wales, Pa.) and Jonathan Menendez (Miami Lake, Fla.) will take on Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Virginia, Penn, MIT, Delaware and Rhode Island in addition to a bevy of club and international boats.
Wrapping up the day will be the lightweight 8+ boat at 1:48 p.m. With Ryan Zuccala (Orchard Park, N.Y./Canisius) at coxswain, Tyler Little (North Wales, Pa./La Salle), Tommy Ruggles (Weston, Mass./Belmont Hill), Cass Boehm (Alexandria, Va./Gonzaga), Olivier Malle (New York, N.Y./Lawrenceville), Kiefer Mueller (Rye, N.Y./Rye), Joe Cecil (Alpharetta, Ga./Johns Creek), Artym Hayda (Providence, R.I./Wheeler) and Hector Formoso-Murias (Key Biscayne, Fla./Belen Jesuit Prep) battle a field of 15 other crews including collegiate foes Cornell, two boats each from Princeton, Penn and Harvard, Yale, Delaware, Navy, MIT, Columbia and Colorado. The Hoyas will start in the 13th bow between international crews from Turkey and Canada.
"The Charles comes with a lot of pressure, either real or perceived," said Varsity Lightweight Coach Lee Rumpf. "We get to face off against pretty much our entire league and are starting off behind the Turkish lightweight national team. The pressure is up because of that, but we keep reminding our guys that this is a spring sport. At the end of the day if you win the Charles -- great. If you don't -- learn from it and move forward."
Following Sunday's race at the HOCR, the Hoyas return to the water on October 28 with the lightweights at the Head of the Schuylkill and both squads October 29 at the Princeton Chase.