March 27, 2012
The Georgetown Women's Rowing team traveled to North Carolina to compete against the Carolina Tar Heels and the West Virginia Mountaineers in their season opening race. Since getting back out on the water, the Hoya Women have made great strides in their technique and boat unity heading into this weekend's race. Confidence levels were high as the Hoyas packed up for their first sprint race under the direction of new Head Coach Miranda Paris. "I was incredibly proud of the whole team this weekend," said Coach Paris. "They executed race day exactly as we've been practicing."
In the Varsity 8+ race, the Hoyas placed first, six seconds ahead of West Virginia and thirteen ahead of Carolina in a time of 6:57.5. "We are all unified under one goal," said junior stroke Lindsey Bragg. "Knowing that each seat is fully committed to pulling her hardest to get our bow ball across the line first will make this the best season Georgetown has had yet."
The Hoya boats have worked hard on technique and fitness all year. "It was a struggle in the fall to make some changes, but these girls are persistent and resilient, its really great to see their hard work pay off," says assistant coach Steve Full. Under-stroking the competition, the Second Varsity 8+ and Varsity 4+ both had close finishes with well-executed race plans earning 2nd place with times of 7:11.1, and 7:56.4 respectively. Carolina finished first in the Second Varsity 8+ race in a time of 7:07.9. West Virginia won the Varsity 4+ in 7:53.1.
"I was really proud of our boat's performance today," said Second Varsity 8+ sophomore coxswain Devon O'Brien. "We made some adjustments earlier in the week and with each practice got better and better. Our race was our best row as a boat and I have full confidence we will continue to improve from race to race."
The Varsity 4+ and the Third Varsity 8+ are primarily under the direction of assistant coach, Steve Full. "The girls looked strong today. Our goal was to stay internally focused and keep the boat speed up with power. As much as we wanted to win all our opening races, the overarching goal was to stay internally focused, and I am really proud that the girls were able to do that and stick to the plan." The Third Varsity 8+ finished in a time of 7:24.6, eight seconds over Carolina's time of 7:33.0. Novice coxswain Jocelyn Kojzar had this to day about her first race: "I was so nervous, but so excited. It was so much fun to finally race, and win!"
Sydney LeGuyader, two-time captain and five-seat in the Varsity 8+, said, "This weekend was definitely a positive step for the team. Every boat put together and executed a great race. We're all really excited to continue our improvement as we build towards the Big East Championship at the end of the year."
The team competes next weekend for the Georges Cup and the 1998 Cup against George Washington and George Mason on the Potomac.
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Georgetown Lightweight Rowing
The Georgetown Lightweights, under the direction of new Head Coach Hank Zimmerman, raced against their fellow Hoyas in the Varsity 8+ race. After a fast start, they caught a boat-stopping crab in the first 500m, but raced hard to trade bow balls with West Virginia, fighting for a 1-2 Hoya finish. In the last 250m, they got nipped at the line by West Virginia, finishing less than seven-tenths behind them. It was a new line-up for the Lightweights. "We came up short on West Virginia, which was disappointing," said Coach Zimmerman, "But overall we're excited to prove our speed in the coming weeks."
The lightweight squad, like its openweight counterpart, has a new coaching staff this year. Along with that change comes a very young team: over half are freshman. One of the few upperclassmen, senior Captain Erin Landy was very excited about the team's performance. "Our team is really young, but we all have really stepped up to a new level of racing. I am so excited for the rest of the spring season and to see how much more we can develop this year."
The Varsity 4+, coached by Jimmy Newcombe, raced in the 2V4+/Novice 4+ event, finishing 1st in a time of 8:06.6, ten seconds ahead of West Virginia and UNC.
"I was really happy with the way the 4+ raced today," said Coach Newcombe. "We had two walk-ons in the boat and they performed extremely well for their first race. We had a little bobble with 250 to go, but the focus there, so we recovered well to have a strong finish."
The Hoya Lightweights are looking to continue improving boat speed and are already looking forward to their next race at the Occoquan Sprints. "We had a good start to our season today, and next week were looking to continue to test ourselves against other teams before we get in to some of our `cup races' against Princeton and Harvard."