Novice Eight Leads Women's Rowing At The Princeton Chase

Georgetown's top Novice Eight boat finished third on Sunday, the best finish of any Georgetown novice eight boat ever at the Princeton Chase.

Oct. 28, 2013

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Georgetown women’s rowing team put in a strong showing on Sunday at the Princeton Chase. The race featured a three-mile course on Lake Carnegie.

The Hoyas’ top Novice Eight boat finished its race in a time of 16:37.045, crossing the finish line in third place behind only the top boats from Princeton and Virginia. The third place finish is the best finish of any Georgetown novice eight boat ever at this event. The Hoyas’ finished a full 40 seconds ahead of the crew from Patriot League foe Boston University. The Blue and Gray were coxswained by Sabrina Gosman and the rest of the box consisted of Christina Johnson (Saugatuck, Conn./Joel Barlow), Eleanor Birch, Margaret Dunne (Larchmont, N.Y./Sacred Heart), Victoria Carroll (Cranbury, N.J./Princeton), Ashley Zimmerman (Wangtage, N.J./Blair Academy), Courtney Cavanaugh, Sarah Varney and Camilla Spielman (Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Monica).

In the same race, the Georgetown Novice Eight “B” crew placed seventh, ahead of all other “B” entries, in 17:39.053. The Hoyas were coxswained by Iliana Lang (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) and rowed by Margaret Downing, Natalia Keohane (San Francisco, Calif./St. Ignatius), Julia Hale(Green Bay, Wisc./Preble), Jenna Weber, Nora Rosati, Emma Thompson (Claremont, Calif./St. Lucy’s Priory), Ali Walton and Monica Brady (Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos).



"I am really excited about this group and extremely pleased with how they executed today,” Georgetown assistant coach Steve Full, who leads the novice eight crews, said. “From day one it's been about improvement. Every day we have been able to do that, even when we were off the water. Both crews did an excellent job and I could not be happier about how the freshmen are shaping up.”

Also on Sunday, the Georgetown Varsity Eight and Second Varsity Eight crews raced in a strong 52-boat field, placing 25th and 45th, respectively. The V8 finished in a time of 16:00.333 while the 2V8 crossed the finish line in 16:51.758. The V8 boat was coxswained by Devon O’Brien (Seaville, N.J./Ocean City) and rowed by Laura Collins (Caribou, Maine/Caribou), Keara Schmeiser (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary’s Ryken), Meaghan Keefe (Delmar, N.Y./Bethlehem Central), Savannah Kochinke (Santa Rosa, Calif./The Lawrenceville School), Sam Smolka (Westport, Conn./Staples), Emily Buongiorno (Newton Square, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy), Ally Flinn (Dayton, Ohio/Chaminade Julien) and Carly McCaffrey (El Granada, Calif./St. Ignatius College Prep). The 2V8 crew was coxswained by Alison Nagle (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) while the rest of the boat featured Meag Bresnahan (Harleysville, Pa./Mount St. Joseph’s), Tegan Campia (Lake Forest, Ill./Kent School), Julia Butz (Ann Arbor, Mich./Greenhills), Jocelyn Hlawtay (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge), Jen Bisgaier (Afton, Va./Western Albemarle Prep), Hanna Chistoffersen (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Bainbridge), Alex Livesay (Germantown, Tenn./Saint Agnes Academy) and Susannah Schools (Charleston, S.C./Ashley Halls).

The final Georgetown boat featured the Lightweight Four crew which raced in the open event. While the Hoyas placed 21st out of 29 crews, in a time of 18:07.908, they finished second out of the three lightweight entries, between the “A” and “B” boats of Princeton. The Blue and Gray were coxswained by Margaret Rush (Fort Washington, Pa./Mount St. Joseph’s) with Sarah Arcos (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Polytech), Katie McGowan (Potomac, Md./Walt Whitman), Ruth Speidel (Manlius, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) and Clare Southern (Los Gatos, Calif./Presentation) doing the rowing.

"The best thing about our team is it gets pushed from the bottom and led from the top,” women’s rowing head coach Miranda Paris said. “I am really happy with how they are improving each race and today was no different."

The Hoyas wrap up their fall schedule on Saturday, Nov. 2 with the Head of the Occuquan in Lorton, Va. 

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