Oct. 22, 2008
Washington, D.C. - This past weekend, Georgetown Rowing competed in the fall's premier event, the 44th Annual Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, Mass. The Hoyas entered two boats, one in the Championship Four and the other in the Lightweight Four, and performed well against some of the top universities and rowing clubs from around the world.
The Lightweight Four boat consisting of stroke Laura Donaldson, Erin Landy, Alex Vezina, bow Jana Piazza and cox Elizabeth Kucharczyk, finished fourth with a time of 19:37.855. They were the second-best collegiate boat in the event
"The rowers did a great job of staying focused," lightweight coxswain Kucharczyk said. "From the moment we pushed off of the dock, the intensity and focus were there. We didn't let the rough conditions or numerous other boats distract us. When I needed them to make a move to pass a crew or to take the boat around a turn on the course, they responded quickly and aggressively. I was really proud of how they remained composed and focused on what was going on in our boat, especially when we were rowing within inches of other boats. We were able to make successful passes while other crews clashed oars."
The Championship Four boat consisting of stroke Melissa Horne, Jade-Isis Lefebvre, Victoria Koke, bow Erin Carter and cox Danielle Valle-Fitzgerald, finished ninth with a time of 19:08.418. The Hoyas were the fifth-best collegiate squad behind crews from national powers Yale, Stanford, Princeton and Brown.
"The [Head of the] Charles is a great opportunity for us to really get a gauge of how we stack up against some of the nation's best," team captain Koke said. "We finished better than we did last year, placing ninth despite the rough waters and strong winds, which provided us with the opportunity to demonstrate to our competition that Georgetown Rowing is a growing force that will not be easily rattled."
The Head of the Charles Regatta, also known as HOCR or HOTC, is a rowing race held on the penultimate complete weekend of October each year on the Charles River, which separates Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is the largest two-day regatta in the world, with more than 8,000 athletes rowing in around 1,750 boats in 56 events. It attracts about 300,000 spectators throughout Regatta weekend.