Oct. 14, 2008
Washington, D.C. - Georgetown Rowing took part in the 23rd Annual Philadelphia Navy Day Regatta this past Saturday, October 11. Seven Hoya boats competed in the 4,000-meter (2.4 mile) Head Race on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, Pa. GU finished first in the Lightweight College Four, first and third in the College Four and second in the College Eight.
"Saturday was a good day for the entire squad and we had some good results," Lightweight Coach Jim O'Connor said. "However, it is important to remember that it is only the second week of October. There is still a tremendous amount of work to be completed and hopefully we can learn from the experience we gained on the race course."
This past weekend the women's rowing team competed for the 2nd time this fall at the Navy Day regatta in Philadelphia. We entered 5 events and almost all of the rowers covered the 4000 meter course more than once.
The day started with the College Four with the Lightweights in the third position and the Openweights in the 17th position. The Lightweights rowed aggressively and quickly caught and passed the crews in front of them en route to a first-place finish. The Openweights passed a few crews along the way and finished the race in third, 12 seconds behind their teammates and a little over six seconds behind runner-up, Penn.
"I think it is safe to say that both crews learned some lessons that will help them next weekend as they continue their preparations for the [Head of the] Charles," Georgetown Rowing Head Coach Glenn Putyrae said.
The Lightweights also defended their Navy Day Regatta title in the Lightweight College Four, with an aggressive race and convincing win over boats from Lafayette and Villanova. .During the Frosh/Novice College Eight, the young Hoyas handled the traffic and excitement of racing on the Schuylkill by passing several crews and finishing in fourth place, 20 seconds behind eventual winner, Penn.
"Navy Day was exciting because it was our first regatta of the season and we got to race against some of the schools who we compete with throughout the entire year," Lightweight Captain Laura Donaldson said. "This past weekend was a great opportunity for us to test our initial speed and see where we stood next to our competition. I was pleased with our performance across the board and am very excited to move forward and see what we can accomplish this year."
"This was an event that we did not compete in last year and Coach O'Connor and I thought it would be a good opportunity to see how our freshman recruits compared to those of Navy and Penn," Putyrae added.
The second half of the day featured the Women's College JV Eight and the Women's College Eight. The JV Eight raced aggressively, but their lack of control prevented them from being as efficient as the coaches would have liked and earned a fifth-place finish.
The final race of the day was the Women's College Eight. After finishing second the year before, the Hoyas were looking to capture the event. The "B" entry raced aggressively but much like their teammates in the JV Eight lacked the control to turn their intensity into boat speed and the result was an inconsistent race and an 11th-place finish. The "A" entry was very aggressive and attacked the course going after the Navy crew in front of them from the first stroke and pushing the Penn crew back over the course of the race. With a base rate of 33 and a finishing rate of 37 they definitely did not leave anything out on the water. In the end however, the boat finished second for the second-consecutive year, five seconds behind Navy and three seconds in front of Penn.
"We entered two crews in this event, the only school to do so, and sent them on the water with the same message: `Be aggressive and don't leave anything on the water,'" Putyrae said. "Both crews took our direction to heart and followed our advice and experienced mixed results. After asking them how the race went and seeing that they had nothing left, it gave us [the coaches] confidence that the team is beginning to gain the mentality they will need in May and June when we compete for championships.".
Georgetown Rowing travels to Boston, Mass., this upcoming weekend for the Head of the Charles.