Georgetown Women's Lightweight Eight Finishes Sixth Overall at IRA National Championships
June 5, 2013
WASHINGTON - After winning the lightweight eight repechage on Saturday afternoon, the Georgetown women's lightweight varsity eight advanced to the grand final on Sunday, where they crossed the line as the sixth-fastest crew in a time of 7:06.86 behind champion Stanford, Radcliffe, Wisconsin, Bucknell and Princeton.
The line-up of coxswain Maggie Rush, stroke Katie McGowan, Sarah Arcos, Ruthie Spiedel, Kayla McNeill, Clare Southern, Paige Strawn, Julia Butz and Kyla McClure raced in Saturday morning heats, where the crew finished in third behind Radcliffe and Wisconsin, resulting in placement in the repechage on Saturday afternoon.
Needing to finish in the top two to advance to the grand final, Georgetown got the job done by finishing in front of second place Princeton and MIT in a time of 7:11.87. That guaranteed the Hoyas a spot in the grand final, where they finished in sixth place. It was the first time the women's lightweight eight had defeated Princeton in three attempts this season.
Head coach Miranda Paris thought the crew put forward their best performance of the season in the Sunday final, and is very proud of the rowers this season.
"The lightweights have made an incredible season out of what could have been a disaster with our assistant lightweight coach leaving in March. They stayed positive, focused on their goals, and we brought the whole squad together to train to make everyone better. This is a young crew, only graduating one senior, and I can't wait to see what they can do with another year of training under their belts. We stay focused on the positive trajectory and keep getting better every day."