WASHINGTON - Georgetown University’s women’s rowing team wrapped up its fall season at the Head of the Occoquan Regatta over the weekend. With overcast conditions and a slight headwind throughout, the course gave way to great racing for the Hoyas on the day.
“It is always good to end on a positive note,” said Georgetown Head Coach Stephen Full. “Last week we did not execute to the best of our ability and on Saturday we did. It shows that when we continue what we do in practice and have a little more faith in ourselves, that we are capable of some really good things.”
Entering four boats in the collegiate 8+ event, the Hoyas took third, fourth, 11th and 12th place in the 24-boat field. The openweight 8+ crew, GU’s top finisher, rebounded from its last outing at the Princeton Chase to narrow the gap on their Potomac River rival, George Washington, to just less than 15 seconds. Freshman novice coxswain Natalie Cappuzzo (Millstone Twp., N.J.), took control of the openweight 1V with real aggressive and solid lines on a complicated course.
The lightweight 1V finished eight seconds behind the openweight in fourth place overall behind another strong performance from the young crew comprised of sophomores, juniors and freshmen. Rating 34spm for the majority of the race, the top LW 8+ held an aggressive rhythm and beat the fifth-place crew from George Mason by nearly 30 seconds.
“Having our 1Vs and 2Vs so close in speed right now will only make for great competition as we prepare for the spring season,” said Assistant Coach Carolyn Glandorf.
Georgetown’s lightweight 2V and freshman 8+ finished 11th and 12th, respectively, and just under one second apart rating 30spm for the majority of the race. Both boats were generating solid rhythm and power finishing ahead of Patriot League foe Loyola Maryland’s 8+ by 11 seconds.
“From the Princeton Chase to the Head of the Occoquan, I witnessed a shift in the team focus”, said Volunteer Assistant Coach Abbey Wilkowski. “This wasn't done on the water or in the weight room. It was an internal shift, that was translated from individual to boat to team. This shift resulted in faster racing, improved consistency, and ultimately better results.”
“Both boats looked aggressive and I was really pleased with what they were doing with their stroke,” Full added. “Carolyn and Abbey have done a great job coaching them up and preparing them for the next steps to becoming competitive collegiate athletes.”
The Hoyas have a few weeks left of rowing before the winter break and then it is on to the spring racing season.