April 9, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Hoyas traveled to Lake Lemon to face Indiana University and the University of Kansas this past weekend. Conditions proved challenging with a stiff, 15-mph headwind creating a tough course for racing. All four Hoya crews fell to Indiana and Kansas, both very deep teams compared to Georgetown.
"It's really important to the development of our program to challenge ourselves against different teams," Head Coach Miranda Paris said. "In the Varsity Eight we were up on the field to the 500m mark and as the water roughened up we were not able to maintain how we handled the conditions initially."
Indiana pressed out to open up their lead in the middle thousand but Kansas and Georgetown battled back and forth for a few feet all the way through the body of the race until the final 300m.
"Racing this close and hard in rough conditions is great experience for us," Paris said. "As a much smaller crew in a headwind, we didn't have any advantages here, but that's not our attitude. Our attitude is figure out how to the job done regardless."
The Second Varsity Eight had a more difficult time with the conditions. "As a young, developing team, we've got some lessons to learn," Paris said. "This crew knows that this is the last time we come off the water with any regrets about letting the conditions distract us. It's a hard lesson to learn but an important one. Tough water is there for everybody; it's how you get excited about handling it better than the other team that helps you succeed in those moments."
"The Varsity Fours' race this week was about development; seeing how much we can put out in the first 1250m and how long we can hold on to it," assistant coach Steve Full said. "We knew that Indiana and Kansas had deep teams. Our goal was simply to get a clean start and get a strong first 1250 in. We had struggled with consistency in the body of the race earlier this year and both fours were able to maintain their length and power through the middle 1000, which was great. I was pleased with the level of intensity and persistence the fours showed." The Hoya Varsity Fours are comprised almost entirely of freshman.
Full results and times can be found here: http://www.row2k.com/results/resultspage.cfm?UID=5633984&cat=1#.UWLuhqs4U7s
The Hoyas compete against Navy, St. Joseph's and MIT this coming weekend on April 12-13 in the GW Invite on their home race course, the Potomac. Follow them on Twitter @HoyaRowing.