March 24, 2014
LEWISBURG, Pa. - The Georgetown women's rowing team opened its spring season on Saturday, participating in a competitive scrimmage at Patriot League-foe Bucknell. Racing took place on Bucknell's home course on the Susquehanna River.
The Hoyas and Bison competed in 3x5 pieces. Instead of rowing a typical 2,000-meter race, the boats raced about 75% of a normal race, or five minutes, and competed three times against the opponent's counterpart. Georgetown came away victorious in four of the five events on the day.
The Varsity Eight boat, seen here, dropped its first piece by a seat length but bounced back to win the second and third pieces by at least a full boat length. Rowing for the Hoyas was Laura Collins (Caribou, Maine/Caribou), Carly McCaffrey (El Granada, Calif./St. Ignatius College Prep), Meaghan Keefe (Delmar, N.Y./Bethlehem Central), Keara Schmeiser (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken), Ally Flinn (Dayton, Ohio/Chaminade Julien), Christina Johnson (Redding, Conn./Joel Barlow), Sam Smolka (Westport, Conn./Staples), Savannah Kochinke (San Francisco, Calif./The Lawrenceville School (N.J.)) and coxswain Devon O'Brien (Seaville, N.J./Ocean City).
In a race of the Second Varsity Eight and Third Varsity Eight boats, the Hoyas swept every head-to-head race. In the third piece, both Georgetown crews finished ahead of both Bucknell boats. The Second Varsity Eight boat was comprised of Tegan Campia (Lake Forest, Ill./Kent School), Meaghan Bresnahan (Harleysville, Pa./Mount Saint Joseph), Margaret Dunne (Larchmont, N.Y./Convent of the Sacred Heart), Courtney Cavanaugh (Mendham, N.J./West Morris Mendham), Jocelyn Hlawaty (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge), Jen Bisgaier (Afton, Va./Western Albemarle), Emily Buongiorno (Newton Square, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy), Julia Butz (Ann Arbor, Mich./Greenhills) and coxswain Jocelyn Kojzar (Ellicott City, Md./River Hill). The Third Varsity Eight boat consisted of coxswains Mikaela Medeiros (Reno, Nev./Reno) and Sabrina Gosman (Newton, Mass./Winsor School), Alex Livesay (Memphis, Tenn./Saint Agnes Academy), Emma Thompson (Claremont, Calif./St. Lucy's Priory), Hanna Christoffersen (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Bainbridge), Eleanor Birch (Newton, Mass./Winsor School), Maggie Downing (Buffalo, N.Y./Nardin Academy), Victoria Carroll (Canbury, N.J./Princeton), Sarah Varney (Hingham, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) and Julia Hale (Green Bay, Wisc./Preble).
The Hoyas Lightweight Four crew raced against Bucknell's Openweight Four and came away with an impressive victory, sweeping the Bison in all three races. Rowing for the Blue & Gray were Susanna Rademacher (Wellesley, Mass./Phillips Andover), Nora Rosati (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto), Mary Walton (Jacksonville, Fla./St. Paul's), Breanne Kincaid and coxswain Georgia Williams (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich).
Georgetown's Lightweight Eight boat fell in its three races, but never by more than a couple of boat lengths. Rowing for the Hoyas was coxswain Margaret Rush (Fort Washington, Pa./Mount St. Joseph), Clare Southern (Los Gatos, Calif./Presentation), Ruthie Speidel (Manlius, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy), Camilla Spielman (Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Montica), Sarah Arcos (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Polytech), Natalia Keohane (San Francisco, Calif./St. Ignatious), Catherine Sandstrom (Seattle, Wash./Ingraham), Monica Brady (Seal Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos), Ashley Zimmerman (Wantage, N.J./Blair Academy).
"This team has been hard at work this year, building off what we've been putting in place over the past couple of years," said head coach Miranda Paris. "I'm pleased with what we saw from all of our crews under the pressure of racing. We're grateful to Bucknell for hosting and giving us a chance to line-up before our first official race."
Georgetown will next race on Saturday, March 29 against the University of North Carolina at the Class of 2006 Cup in Chapel Hill, N.C. Racing will begin at 7 a.m.