Nov. 5, 2013
SANDY RUN PARK, Va. – The Georgetown women’s rowing team wrapped up its fall season on Saturday in impressive fashion, coming away with two victories at the Head of the Occoquan on the Occoquan Reservoir. The Hoyas were led by victories from the Varsity Eight and Lightweight Four boats.
In the 33-crew Collegiate 8+ final, the Hoyas’ top boat finished 23 seconds ahead of D.C. rival George Washington, crossing the finish line in 16:59.28 to win the event for the second consecutive year. 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).
Georgetown’s “B” crew took 12th in the same race in a time of 18:10.54. The Hoyas were less than three seconds from coming away with a top-10 finish. 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).
While Georgetown did not finish first in the Novice 8+ race, the Hoyas did take second and third in the field of 24 boats. Georgetown’s top boat crossed the finish line in 17:45.34, less than two seconds behind the crew from Navy (17:43.61). 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 Emma Thompson (Claremont, Calif./St. Lucy’s Priory).
The Hoyas’ third-place crew finished in a time of 18:45.72, beating out the top boat from Saint Joseph’s by a margin of just .18 seconds. 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, Breanne Kincaid, Ali Walton and Monica Brady (Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos).
In the Lightweight 4+ event, the Hoyas again came away with a victory, finishing in a time of 19:32.67 to beat out boats from VCU and Mary Washington. 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.
"Medalling in four of the five events at this race is a huge improvement for our team as we grow and develop,” Georgetown head coach Miranda Paris said. “The coaching staff was really pleased to see the tenacity from the squad on race day. The team-wide commitment to making steady progress continues to show."
Georgetown will next take to the waters in the spring as they prepare to compete for the Patriot League Championship and the automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. The Hoyas will next compete on March 22 at Bucknell.