April 21, 2014
WASHINGTON – The lightweight varsity eight boat of the Georgetown women’s rowing team competed at the Class of 2006 Cup against Princeton in Princeton, N.J., last weekend. The Hoyas raced on Lake Carnegie in sunny, warm conditions with a 10 mph headwind.
"This is a really young crew with four freshmen,” Head Coach Miranda Paris said of her varsity eight squad. “We took a really big step for our team today by executing our race plan and staying focused on what we needed to do. Obviously, we've got a gap in speed to close, but this was a win for us in our process."
Against a traditionally strong Ivy League program in Princeton, the Hoyas stayed even with the Tigers through the first 1,250 meters of the 2,000-meter race. Georgetown crossed the finish line in 7:48.5, 15 seconds behind Princeton as the host school pulled away at the end. The Blue & Gray finished more than 20 seconds ahead of Princeton’s second varsity eight boat.
Rowing for the Hoyas was coxswain Margaret Rush (Fort Washington, Pa./Mount St. Joseph), stroke Clare Southern (Los Gatos, Calif./Presentation), Ashley Zimmerman (Wantage, N.J./Blair Academy), Camilla Spielman (Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Montica), Sarah Arcos (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Polytech), Katie McGowan (Potomac, Md./Walt Whitman), Mary Walton (Jacksonville, Fla./St. Paul’s), Natalia Keohane (San Francisco, Calif./St. Ignatius) and Ruth Speidel (Manlius, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy).
Georgetown will next be in action on Sunday, April 27 at the Georges Cup in Washington, D.C.