Georgetown Rowing Places Two Openweight Boats at the Princeton Chase
Georgetown rowing competed at the Princeton Chase and the Head of the Schuylkill over the weekend.

Georgetown rowing competed at the Princeton Chase and the Head of the Schuylkill over the weekend.

Oct. 25, 2008

Princeton, N.J. - Princeton, N.J. - Georgetown University rowing varsity boats took part in the Princeton Chase on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J. this past weekend, where 15 of 17 Sprints schools participated, including three BIG EAST Conference opponents. It marked the only time the collection of crews race during the fall segment and was the first time in three years that the varsity openweights were able to place two boats at the Princeton Chase.

For both squads it was a way to gauge their progress and determine whether the work put in during the fall segment is putting them in a position to succeed in the spring.

"I thought we did a nice job today and gained ground on our competition," Head Women's Coach Glenn Putyrae said. "Since last year, we've been able to lower our times and show improvement across the board at this event."

The Georgetown "A" 8+ crew, consisting of cox Amy Parks, stroke Jade-Isis Lefebvre, Melissa Horne, Victoria Koke, Rebecca Kisner, Sam Miller, Isabel Aguirre-Kelly, Jordan Albright and bow Erin Carter, finished 19th in a time of 16:14.273.

Georgetown's "C" lightweight 8+ crew, consisting of cox Julianna Pugliese, Laura Donaldson, Jana Piazza, Alex Vezina, Erin Landy, Liz Stanowski, Suzanne Elliott, Jacqueline Pasaulka and bow Margi Emhoff finished 26th in 16:32.777.



"I am pleased with the way we have progressed and matured during the fall," women's lightweight coach Jim O'Connor said. "But this event showed there is still much to be improved."

Meanwhile, the Hoyas also entered its novice lightweight and openweight 8+, in the Head of the Schuylkill in Philadelphia, Pa. this past Saturday. The openweights finished fifth with the lightweights also placing in the top 15.

"Six of the women in our openweight crew are new to rowing this fall, so this was a great first racing experience for them," novice openweight coach Heather Barney said. "They demonstrated a lot of poise in executing some of their best rowing to date even with all the pressure and nerves of a first race day."

The openweight novice 8+ finished in a time of 16:53.99 a spot in front of BIG EAST rival Rutgers. The Hoyas crew was made up of cox Elizabeth Jacobsen, stroke Angela Nelson, Bridget Roddy, Julia Camargo, Claire McKinley, Sydney LeGuyader, Bridget Stinson, Onni Irish and bow Katie Bowe.

The lightweight novice 8+ finished 14th in a time of 17:48.1867 a spot in front of Drexel University. The lightweight crew consisted of cox Jules McLaughlin, stroke Bree Donald, Lili Meyer, Sarah Johnson, Maddie Howard, Maggie Guzikowski, Kate Finnerty, Emily Field and bow Bridget Power.

"The novice lightweights had a great first race; they showed how tough they are and were very composed for an entirely novice crew," novice lightweight coach Lauren Smeeding said. "I am extremely pleased with how well they raced against bigger and more experienced crews. This was a very good day for the Georgetown novices. Both of our boats were in the top 15 and as they gain more experience, we will continue to expect great things from these athletes."

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