May 6, 2014
WASHINGTON – The Georgetown women’s rowing team competed at the EAWRC Sprints on Sunday, racing on the Cooper River in New Jersey. On a day that featured smooth waters during the early morning heats and windy, choppy conditions during the finals, the Hoyas enjoyed a successful day on the water, finishing at, or better than, their original seeding in each event.
The varsity eight boat, which was seeded fourth amongst the field, took third in its morning heat, advancing to the grand final in a time of 6:46.614. The Blue & Gray were less than a second behind the boat from Patriot League-rival Boston University. In the final, the Hoyas improved their time by more than 13 seconds, placing fourth in 6:33.291. GU was just a second behind third-place Northeastern (6:32.058) and finished six seconds ahead of BU (6:39.231). The Hoyas were rowed by coxswain Devon O'Brien (Seaville, N.J./Ocean City), stroke Tegan Campia (Lake Forest, Ill./Kent School), 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), Sam Smolka (Westport, Conn./Staples), Savannah Kochinke (San Francisco, Calif./The Lawrenceville School [N.J.]) and Meaghan Keefe (Delmar, N.Y./Bethlehem Central).
"Due to the Potomac flooding, we were off the water for a few days before the race,” Head Coach Miranda Paris said. “The team is resilient and was unfazed by this. I'm pleased with the way they raced in both the heat and the final; I'm proud of their ability to adapt and grow each time they touch the water."
Georgetown’s second varsity eight crew, seeded sixth, also finished third in its respective heat, crossing the finish line in 7:07.147. The Hoyas were less than four seconds behind the boat from Navy, the Patriot League defending champions. In the grand final, GU posted a sixth-place finish, crossing the finish line with a time of 7:11.028. Rowing for Georgetown was coxswain Sabrina Gosman (Newton, Mass./Winsor School), stroke Carly McCaffrey (El Granada, Calif./St. Ignatius College Prep), Meaghan 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), Courtney Cavanaugh (Mendham, N.J./West Morris Mendham), Emily Buongiorno (Newton Square, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy ) and Julia Butz (Ann Arbor, Mich./Greenhills).
"We faced some challenges this week heading into Sunday's race,” said Assistant Coach Stephen Full. “I felt the lineup responded well in the heats, but lacked a little in the Grand Final. We have two weeks to make adjustments and I look forward to having our best race on May 16 at the Patriot League Championship."
The Hoyas’ varsity four boat, seeded eighth in the field, finished fourth in its head, just missing out on the grand final with a time of 8:14.678. The Blue & Gray responded by improving its time by 13 seconds and winning the petite final in 8:01.720, nearly six seconds ahead of the crew from MIT (8:07.155). The Hoyas’ boat consisted of coxswain Mikaela Medeiros (Reno, Nev./Reno), stroke Hanna Christoffersen (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Bainbridge), Emma Thompson (Claremont, Calif./St. Lucy's Priory), Alex Livesay (Memphis, Tenn./Saint Agnes Academy ) and Eleanor Birch (Newton, Mass./Winsor School).
GU’s varsity four “B” crew raced in its final, finishing fourth in a time of 8:27.347. Georgetown was rowed by coxswain Jocelyn Kojzar (Ellicott City, Md./River Hill), stroke Sarah Varney (Hingham, Mass./Notre Dame Academy), Victoria Carroll (Cranbury, N.J./Princeton HS), Maggie Downing (Buffalo, N.Y./Nardin Academy) and Julia Hale (Green Bay, Wis./Preble).
"I was pleased with the varsity four’s ability to make changes from race to race,” Assistant Coach Jenifer Forbes said. “These boats are primarily freshman and freshman walk-ons and we are seeing big improvements race to race. The leadership from the few upperclassmen has a big influence and we are excited to see how we can build in the next two weeks."
"This regatta marks significant progress for Georgetown, both in terms of individual crew performance and as a team,” Paris said. “I am proud of the performance of the entire squad and even more excited to see their desire to continue to improve off the weekend. Both athletes and coaches alike are hungry to keep gaining speed in the next two weeks."
Georgetown will take next weekend off before competing in the Patriot League Championships on May 16 in Worcester, Mass. The winner will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.