April 2, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's rowing team retained the Class of 2006 Cup after contesting its first home race of the season against North Carolina on Saturday as a whole squad. Conditions on the Potomac River were warm with flat water and very little wind--perfect for racing.
In the Varsity Eight, the Hoya Openweight Varsity Eight had a quick start and led wire-to-wire through the finish, completing the course in 6:22.8. North Carolina finished second, and the Hoya Lightweight Eight finished third in 6:32.4.
"Both of our top eights had great races today and were pleased with their results," Head Coach Miranda Paris said. "We had specific goals to accomplish and we accomplished them."
In the Second Varsity Eight, the Hoyas were victorious again over North Carolina by 5.5 seconds, completing the course in 6:31.5 to Carolina's 6:37.0. The crew initially was down off the start, but never felt flustered. They spent time confidently establishing their rhythm and took their first move aggressively, giving them a lead on Carolina in the second 500m. They continued to consistently chip away and stretch out their lead over the middle thousand.
"You could feel the entire crew take the chance together and we went down the course hungry for more inches," junior coxswain Devon O'Brien said.
"I was really happy with the Second Varsity's performance today," Paris said. "They raced with consistency and confidence. They performed to their potential today."
In the Varsity Four, Carolina finished first, followed by the Hoya Lights and in third, the Hoya Openweights. The Lights had a very well executed and aggressive race.
"We've been practicing together as an entire squad and the competition between the crews has been great. It's really pushed the level through the entire team," Paris said.
The Hoya Third Varsity Eight was a combined effort from the openweight and lightweight squad, finishing second behind Carolina's First Novice Eight and ahead of their Second Novice Eight.
"Seeing all the elements that we have been working on in the last year and a half starting to come together throughout the squad is really exciting," assistant coach Steve Full said. "There was solid execution and great intensity and race focus throughout the team."
The lightweight squad will host Harvard at home next Saturday, April 6, while the openweight squad will travel to Bloomington, IN, to race Indiana and Kansas. Follow the Georgetown Women's Rowing Team on Twitter @HoyaRowing.
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