WASHINGTON - Georgetown University women's rowing Head Coach Steve Full announced the spring lightweight and openweight racing schedules on Thursday.
The lightweight program opens the spring campaign at the nearby Occoquan Challenge on March 25 before traveling to Boston to defend the Class of 2006 Cup against Harvard Radcliffe on March 31.
"We're adding in the Occoquan Challenge this year, a local race that we haven't done before," said Full. "We'll hopefully get in two races that day so that when we're back on the water again, we'll have racing under our belts before facing Harvard as we look to retain the Class of 2004 Cup. It'll be a sign of strength, that last year wasn't a fluke, and we're taking the right steps for the direction of the future program."
Back-to-back events in New Jersey, at the Knecht Cup on April 14-15 and at Princeton in the Class of 2006 Cup on April 29, serve as the final tune ups for the Blue & Gray before the Eastern Sprints on April 29 in Worcester, Massachusetts. The Hoyas wrap up the season at the IRA National Championships on June 1-3.
The openweight squad opens the spring campaign at the Occoquan Challenge as well. Coming off their best finish at the Patriot League Championships a year ago, the Hoyas look to build towards another strong season with a race-heavy schedule.
"For the openweights, we just have to get race experience," Full said. "It's a younger group than last year in terms of racing, but we have a lot of talented rowers in every class and a lot of depth. We're doing something a bit different this year, starting and ending the season with two races in a day in preparation for the Patriot League Championships."
Following the Occoquan Challenge, the Hoyas take part in the two-day GW Invite including the Georges Cup against George Mason and the host Colonials on the opening day. The Blue & Gray then takes part in the inaugural Cherry Hill Invitational, racing against UConn, Jacksonville, Marist, Rutgers, SMU, Fordham and league foes Bucknell, Boston University, Holy Cross and MIT.
"The Cherry Hill Invitational will be a good way to see some of our Patriot League opponents before the championships in May that we wouldn't have been able to race otherwise earlier in the season," added Full. "It's also another chance for us to have multiple races in a day, with heats in the morning and finals in the afternoon, on the same course that the Patriot League Championships will be on."
In their lone dual race of the season, the openweights will travel to face North Carolina in the Class of 2006 Cup on April 28 before racing in the Patriot League Championships on May 11.