May 19, 2014
WASHINGTON – The Georgetown women’s rowing squad competed at the Patriot League Championships this past weekend, logging a fifth-place finish overall in the three-event competition. Racing took place on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass.
GU finished with 33 points, 12 points ahead of sixth-place Holy Cross (21). Boston University won the championship, and the automatic bid to the NCAA Championships, with 49 points. The Terriers overcame a five-point deficit in the final race of the day to pass defending champion Navy, which came in second with 45 points. Bucknell (43) finished third and MIT (38) took fourth. Lehigh (18), Colgate (17) and Loyola (Md.) (6) rounded out the bottom three.
The Hoyas’ varsity eight boat won its morning heat in a time of 7:29.918 to advance to the afternoon’s grand final. The Blue & Gray won a tight race with the crew from Bucknell, defeating the Bison by a margin of just over one second (7:30.980). Georgetown’s time was second in the two morning heats, coming in just behind the time of defending champion Navy (7:27.254), which won the earlier heat.
In the grand final, the Hoyas bested their morning time by more than two seconds, crossing the finish line in 7:27.287. However, the Blue & Gray placed fifth in the event, behind the boats from Boston University (7:14.580), Bucknell (7:18.467), MIT (7:19.612) and Navy (7:21.845)
Georgetown’s varsity eight squad consisted of coxswain Devon O'Brien (Seaville, N.J./Ocean City), stroke 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).
In the second varsity eight event, the Georgetown boat finished second in its heat with a time of 7:49.219 to advance to the grand final. The Hoyas logged the fourth-fastest time of the morning heats behind Bucknell (7:41.783), Boston University (7:45.194) and Navy (7:48.888).
Like the varsity eight, the Hoyas again improved their time in the grand final of the second varsity eight, this time by nearly four seconds as the Blue & Gray crossed the finish line in 7:45.437 to place fourth. GU finished behind Navy (7:30.468), Bucknell (7:34.821) and Boston University (7:43.226).
The second varsity eight was rowed by coxswain Sabrina Gosman (Newton, Mass./Winsor School), stroke Tegan Campia (Lake Forest, Ill./Kent School), 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).
GU’s varsity four boat also took second in its morning heat, finishing the 2,000-meter race in a time of 9:18.537, to advance to the afternoon grand final. In the final, the Hoyas improved their time by nearly 27 seconds, crossing the finish line in fourth place with a time of 8:51.651. Georgetown finished behind Navy (8:23.310), Boston University (8:30.353) and MIT (8:41.193) while beating out Holy Cross (9:03.684) and Lehigh (9:19.948).
In the varsity four, the Hoyas were rowed by 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).
"We had a really amazing season as a team,” Head Coach Miranda Paris said. “The results in the final today were surprising, but we're going to do what we always do: learn from them. We are not going to let one race define the year for us. I'm really proud of this team and what we're building. I know the team will attack their training this summer and I can't wait to get started next year."
Patriot League Team Championship Standings
1 Boston University 49 points
2 Navy 45 points
3 Bucknell 43 points
4 MIT 38 points
5 Georgetown 33 points
6 Holy Cross 21 points
7 Lehigh 18 points
8 Colgate 17 points
9 Loyola (Md.) 6 points