April 15, 2013
WASHINGTON - Georgetown competed at the GW Invite over the weekend, racing three times in two days against St. Joe's, Navy and MIT, to a much-improved series of performances over their appearances last year with wins in the Varsity Eight, Second Varsity Eight and Varsity Four.
On Friday afternoon, the Hoya Varsity Eight defeated St. Joe's by 8.1 seconds and also in the Second Varsity Eight by 1.8 seconds. The Varsity Four lead St. Joe's through to the thousand-meter mark.
"We are seeing an entirely different team in our race results as we built off the changes from our first year together last year," said Head Coach Miranda Paris. "When a committed group of intelligent athletes pursue success and stay open to learning from their experiences, we can count on continuous progress. I know the athletes can feel the momentum they are building."
On Saturday morning against Navy, Georgetown struggled, falling in all three events to the Midshipmen. Commented Coach Paris, "We were not as aggressive as we needed to be in the first 500m against Navy and we allowed them to put too much distance between us. That was a very valuable lesson."
Against MIT on Saturday afternoon, the Varsity Four won by 9.1 seconds, leading the Engineers wire-to-wire.
"The highlight for the Four was the race against MIT," said assistant coach Steve Full. "An aggressive start and a little separation allowed the girls to really put the pedal down early and get their first win. What really made it a good race was the crew's ability to improve on consistent performances and maintain their level of aggression throughout each race. With three walk-on freshman in the boat, it was really impressive to see the changes from first to last race."
The Second Varsity Eight won by 14.7 seconds, leading from the start with a more aggressive first 500m. "We were never satisfied and kept demanding more," remarked senior captain and stroke Lauren Abrams.
The Varsity Eight also led wire-to-wire against MIT with a very aggressive first 500m, but fell by half a second in the sprint: 6:20.7 to MIT's 6:20.2. "We learned another great lesson about the psychology of dual racing and we look forward to putting that experience to work for us in our next race," said Coach Paris.
The Hoyas are back in action on Sunday, April 28, competing for the Georges Cup against George Mason and George Washington on the Occoquan Reservoir. Follow them on Twitter @HoyaRowing and on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Georgetown-Womens-Rowing/145361705601487?fref=ts).