March 31, 2014
WASHINGTON - For the third-consecutive year, the Georgetown women's rowing team won the Call of 2006 Cup against the University of North Carolina on Saturday. The Hoyas did so in decisive fashion, sweeping all four events for the first time under Head Coach Miranda Paris. Racing took place on Lake Wheeler in Raleigh, N.C.
"I was really proud of all of our athletes," Paris said. "They all rowed gritty races and handled the day perfectly. It's a very different team this year. We've been working hard for two and a half years and, thanks to a dedicated group of seniors who have embraced the changes and led the team, it's exciting to see the results."
On a foggy and rainy day which provided smooth and calm waters, near-perfect racing conditions, Georgetown took first in the varsity eight, second varsity eight and third varsity eight races.
The varsity eight crossed the finish line in 7:09.5, finishing 1.5 seconds ahead of the boat from UNC. Georgetown's crew consisted of coxswain Devon O'Brien (Seaville, N.J./Ocean City), Christina Johnson (Redding, Conn./Joel Barlow), Laura Collins (Caribou, Maine/Caribou), Carly McCaffrey (El Granada, Calif./St. Ignatius College Prep), Ally Flinn (Dayton, Ohio/Chaminade Juliene), Keara Schmeiser (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken), Sam Smolka (Westport, Conn./Staples), Savannah Kochinke (San Francisco, Calif./The Lawrenceville School [N.J.]) and Meaghan Keefe (Delmar, N.Y./Bethlehem Central).
In the same race the Hoyas' varsity lightweight eight took third in a time of 7:36.2. Rowing for the Blue & Gray was coxswain Maggie 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) and Ashley Zimmerman (Wantage, N.J./Blair Academy).
Georgetown's second varsity eight beat its UNC counterpart by nearly three seconds, finishing in 7:22.8. The boat consisted of coxswain Jocelyn Kozjar (Ellicott City, Md./River Hill), 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) and Julia Butz (Ann Arbor, Mich./Greenhills).
The Hoyas' third varsity eight won its race in the largest margin of victory of the day, crossing the finish line in 7:43.1, 23 seconds ahead of the first UNC boat. Georgetown was rowed by coxswain Sabrina Gosman (Newton, Mass./Winsor School), Hanna Christoffersen (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Bainbridge), Emma Thompson (Claremont, Calif./St. Lucy's Priory), Alex Livesay (Memphis, Tenn./Saint Agnes Academy), Eleanor Birch (Newton, Mass./Winsor School), Maggie Downing (Buffalo, N.Y./Nardin Academy), Victoria Carroll (Cranbury, N.J./Princeton HS), Sarah Varney (Hingham, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) and Julia Hale (Green Bay, Wis./Preble).
In the competition of the varsity four boats, the Hoyas took the top three spots as Georgetown's "A" and "B" boats took first and second in times of 8:23.8 and 8:27.6, respectively. The Lightweight Four topped off the race, and the afternoon, finished ahead of North Carolina's openweight boat by a second with a time of 8:36.0.
The Hoyas' "A" was rowed by coxswain Mikaela Medeiros (Reno, Nev./Reno), Christoffersen, Thompson, Livesay and Birch.
The "B" boat consisted of Gosman, Downing, Carroll, Varney and Hale.
The lightweight four had coxswain Georgia Williams (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich), Susanna Rademacher (Wellesley, Mass./Phillips Andover), Nora Rosati (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto), Mary Walton (Jacksonville, Fla./St. Paul's) and Breanne Kincaid (Camarillo, Calif./Newbury Park).
"I was really impressed with our fours' performance, who haven't had much time in their boats or line-ups," said Women's Rowing Assistant Coach Stephen Full. "In particular, our lightweight four had a very gutsy race and came out ahead in a close race over their openweight counterparts. With three walk-ons in that crew, it's a really exciting result."
Georgetown will next take to the water on Saturday, April 5, when the lightweight squad will compete in the Class of 2004 Regatta against Radcliffe in Boston.