WASHINGTON - Georgetown University's men's rowing team returns to the water with a full slate of racing this weekend. The Hoya lightweight squad will compete at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta on Saturday before both the heavyweight and lightweight teams will compete at the Princeton Chase on Sunday.
Georgetown makes a quick detour to the City of Brotherly Love on Saturday as it races a lone 8+ boat in the light championship eights event at 3:30 p.m.
"We're rowing a lighter than average lightweight eight at the Schuylkill," said Lightweight Varsity Coach Lee Rumpf. "They look great and had a real good row. We'll actually have a freshman racing in that event. Since we only have nine lightweight freshmen, and eight of them are rowing on Sunday at the Princeton Chase, it's really great that all of them can get a race in this weekend."
Following Saturday's row, the Hoyas continue their venture up I-95 to compete at the Princeton Chase on Sunday. The Blue & Gray will race a freshman lightweight 8+ and two varsity lightweight 4+ crews, launching at 12:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectively.
"The Princeton Chase is a really unique event because it has one of the only truly freshman races in the country," added Rumpf. "We make a conscious effort to push that freshman class as a group and a lot of their work is going to be shown this weekend."
Georgetown will compete in the freshman 8+ race at 12:15 p.m. The Hoyas will face a mixed field of heavyweight and lightweight boats against opponents that include California, Princeton, Dartmouth, Cornell, Penn, Navy, Delaware, George Washington and the Georgetown lightweight 8+ boat.
"On the heavyweight side, I think if they can get up to speed this week and be able to come down the course at a good competitive rate, I think they should have a really good showing," said Head Coach Luke Agnini. "We're definitely in a situation where we develop people here and a lot of the teams that we're racing this weekend will have kids that are more of a finished project when they show up to college. Typically, those teams tend to show better early on and things tend to even out by the end of the year. As long as everyone can stay healthy and have a good hard race down the course, they can have a really good showing for themselves."
Following the weekend's action, Georgetown closes out the fall racing schedule at the Head of the Occoquan on November 4.
Head of the Schuylkill Regatta
Light Championships Eights (Event 19B -- 3:30 p.m.)
Freshman Heavyweight 8+ (Event 6A -- 12:15 p.m.)
Freshman Lightweight 8+ (Event 6B -- 12:15 p.m.)
Varsity Lightweight 4+ (Event 8 -- 1:30 p.m.)