Georgetown Women's Rowing Takes Two out of Three at GW Invite

The Hoyas won two of three races at the GW Invite, defeating MIT and Saint Joseph's.

April 14, 2014

Results via Row2K

WASHINGTON – The Georgetown women’s rowing team competed at the George Washington Invite this past weekend on the Potomac River. The weekend consisted of races against Navy, MIT and Saint Joseph’s.

"This weekend was a huge step for our team,” Head Coach Miranda Paris said. “We saw big improvements in how we rowed and handled racing and that led to significant improvements in the results at the end of the day. I am very proud of the team's commitment to what we're doing and how we are developing as a program."

Friday vs. Navy

On Friday, the Hoyas raced against boats from Navy, the defending 2013 Patriot League champions and the preseason favorite this year. While Georgetown fell to the Midshipmen in all three races, the Blue & Gray closed the gap in all three events.

Georgetown’s varsity four crew finished third behind Navy’s top two boats, crossing the finish line in 7:51.44.

The Hoyas’ varsity eight was involved in a tight race, eventually falling to the Midshipmen by 1.56 seconds, 6:33.30 to 6:34.86. Georgetown improved its margin by nearly seven seconds from when the Hoyas finished more than eight seconds behind Navy in the same race.

The second varsity eight took third behind Navy’s top two boats, finishing in 6:52.33. The Blue & Gray were less than a second out of second place and less than six seconds out of first.

"I was very pleased with the resilience my team showed in our races against Navy,” Paris said. “It was great to see such an improvement in our margins relative to their crews at this race last year."

Saturday Morning vs. MIT

The varsity four improved its time from Friday by over 30 seconds, crossing the finish line in 7:20.55, just a half second behind the boat from MIT (7:20.00).

The varsity eight boat for the Hoyas picked up a win by nearly 14 seconds over its MIT counterpart, 6:27.00 to 6:40.72. Last season, MIT defeated Georgetown in the same race.

The Hoyas’ second varsity eight pulled out a victory by a margin of 10 seconds, defeating MIT 6:39.00 to 6:49.40.

"For all three of our crews, this race was about trusting our rhythm - what we could do - and we really executed that,” Paris said. “I was really proud of the varsity four in particular for making those adjustments between races."

Saturday afternoon vs. Saint Joseph’s

Georgetown swept all three races from the Hawks, including a victory by a 17-second margin in the varsity eight, 6:38.00 to 6:55.40.

The varsity four won a tight race by just under three seconds, crossing the finish line in 7:47.90 while Saint Joseph’s crossed in 7:50.70.

In the second varsity eight race, the Hoyas finished in 6:47.90, just edging out the Hawks’ top boat (6:49.80).

"A big theme for our team is making progress by being open to growth,” said Paris. “We improved throughout the weekend as we adjusted between races and significantly improved from our performance last year." 

For the weekend, Georgetown’s varsity eight boat consisted of coxswain Devon O'Brien (Seaville, N.J./Ocean City), Carly McCaffrey (El Granada, Calif./St. Ignatius College Prep), Laura Collins (Caribou, Maine/Caribou), Christina Johnson (Redding, Conn./Joel Barlow), Ally Flinn (Dayton, Ohio/Chaminade Juliene), Keara Schmeiser (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken), Samantha Smolka (Westport, Conn./Staples), Savannah Kochinke (San Francisco, Calif./The Lawrenceville School [N.J.]) and Meaghan Keefe (Delmar, N.Y./Bethlehem Central).

The second varsity eight was rowed by coxswain Sabrina Gosman (Newton, Mass./Winsor School), Tegan Campia (Lake Forest, Ill./Kent School), Meag Bresnahan (Harleysville, Pa./Mount Saint Joseph), Margaret Dunne (Larchmont, N.Y./Convent of the Sacred Heart), Jen Bisgaier (Afton, Va./Western Albemarle), Jocelyn Hlawaty (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge), Eleanor Birch (Newton, Mass./Winsor School), Emily Buongiorno (Newton Square, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy) and Julia Butz (Ann Arbor, Mich./Greenhills).

Rowing in the varsity four was coxswain Mikaela Medeiros (Reno, Nev./Reno), Hanna Christoffersen (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Bainbridge), Emma Thompson (Claremont, Calif./St. Lucy's Priory), Alex Livesay (Memphis, Tenn./Saint Agnes Academy) and Victoria Carroll (Cranbury, N.J./Princeton HS).

The Hoyas will next race at the Class of 2006 Cup on Saturday, April 19, when the lightweight squad travels to Princeton to compete against the Tigers. Racing will begin at 7 a.m. 



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