April 30, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's lightweight and openweight rowing teams split sites in competition this past weekend. The lightweight team hosted Princeton University on the Potomac River while the openweight squad traveled to race against George Washington and George Mason on the Occoquan Reservoir.
The racing between Georgetown and Princeton featured great racing conditions with flat water and a slight cross-tailwind. The varsity eight's for each squad raced for the Class of 2006 Cup, which Princeton won by just over two seconds at last year's regatta. The Tigers once again came out ahead, crossing the line in a time of 6:30.6. The Hoyas were just under four seconds behind, finishing in a time of 6:34.1.
Georgetown took the lead off the start, settling into an aggressive yet relaxed rhythm. The crew was ahead by two seats at the 700-meter mark when Princeton made their move to take the lead. The Hoyas were able regain their rhythm after a slight loss of focus in the middle of the race, however Princeton had already taken too much of an advantage for a comeback attempt.
"The crew was looking forward to racing Princeton, and the rowers were pleased that this race was another big step on the path for more speed", commented assistant coach Alex Kuschner. "After a clean and sharp start, Georgetown continued to be aggressive down the racecourse."
Head coach Miranda Paris also commented on the performance: "The lightweights are looking forward to taking that calm aggression and being able to extend it to the end of the 2000 meters. That will be our goal heading into Sprints and IRAs."
The lightweight varsity four also raced against the Tigers, finishing behind two Princeton crews in a time of 7:42.8.
Racing for the openweights consisted of a strong tailwind and a slight choppiness out on the water in competition for the George Cup and the 1998 Cup.
Georgetown's varsity and second varsity eights were able to take the early leads in their respective races but were unable to hold on through the rough conditions on the course. Georgetown's varsity eight finished second to George Washington in a time of 6:36 to GW's 6:28.1, and ahead of George Mason by half a second. The Hoyas second varsity eight also finished second to George Washington in a time of 6:51.6, defeating George Mason by about four seconds.
Coach Paris had this to say about the varsity eights: "While we were very aggressive, we were not as effective technically as we have been or needed to be today against GW to finish first. While we're disappointed in the result, it provides us with important feedback of how critical it is that we focus on being aggressive as a unit. As we develop as a team, raising our skills in both areas (technical execution and consistent aggression) is critical. Thankfully, we've got a team committed to doing the work necessary and we look forward Sprints and Big East to test ourselves again."
Georgetown's varsity four crossed the line in third behind George Washington and George Mason in a time of 8:26.3.
The lightweight and openweight teams will take this week to make final preparations for EAWRC Eastern Sprints on Sunday, May 5 on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J.