Oct. 21, 2013
BOSTON, Mass. – The Georgetown women’s rowing team was finally able to return to the water this past weekend as the Hoyas competed in two events at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta on the Charles River in Boston, Mass.
The Hoyas had not been on the water for nearly three weeks as their boathouse was unavailable to them due to the government shutdown. Without any time to practice before making the trip north, Georgetown took on some of the best competition in the nation on Sunday.
On a warm day that featured a strong head wind, the Blue and Gray raced in two events, the Women’s Championship Eights and the Women’s Lightweight Fours. The goal was to compete with the other Patriot League members as that will eventually be the Hoyas competition for a spot at the NCAA Championships next May. Fellow Patriot League crews that were competing included last year’s champion Navy, MIT, Holy Cross and new member Boston University.
In the Championship Eights, the boat from Georgetown completed the course in a time of 18:05.284, placing 25th in a field of 39 crews, which included three national team boats. In a tight race, the Hoyas finished just seven-tenths of a second ahead of the crew from the University of Rhode Island to finish 21st of the collegiate entries in the race. The Georgetown boat consisted of Carly McCaffrey (El Granada, Calif./St. Ignatius College Prep), Ally Flinn (Dayton, Ohio/Chaminade Juliene), Emily Buongiorno (Newton Square, Pa./Mount Saint Joseph Academy), Samantha Smolka (Westport, Conn./Staples), Savannah Kochinke (Santa Rosa, Calif./The Lawrenceville School), Meaghan Keefe (Delmar, N.Y./Bethlehem Central), Keara Schmeiser (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary’s Ryken), Laura Collins (Caribou, Maine/Caribou) and Devon O’Brien (Seaville, N.J./Ocean City) at coxswain.
The Hoyas’ lightweight four boat had the best finish of the day of any Georgetown crew, placing sixth out of 15 entries with a time of 20:24.738. Coxswained by Margaret Rush (Fort Washington, Pa./Mount St. Joseph), the boat also consisted of Clare Southern (Los Gatos, Calif./Presentation), Ruthie Speidel (Manlius, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy), Katherine McGowan (Potomac, Md./Walt Whitman) and Sarah Arcos (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Polytech).
“I am extremely pleased with our performance in both events given the three-week hiatus we had from the water due to the government shutdown in DC,” Georgetown women’s rowing head coach Miranda Paris said. “Both crews accomplished the goals we set out for this race. For the open weights, as we stay focused on our goal of winning the Patriot League Championship, it's exciting to be close to Boston University (22nd place) and ahead of the other conference competitors. For our lightweight crew, I was really happy with their technical and racing execution through some tricky moments on the course.”
Georgetown returns to the water next weekend with the Princeton Chase, in Princeton, N.J., on Sunday, Oct. 27.