April 2, 2012
Georgetown had their first home regatta this weekend, contesting the 1998 Cup and the Georges Cup with local rivals George Washington and George Mason. Conditions were cool with flat water and slight headwind. Georgetown finished second in all three races contested: Varsity 4, Second Varsity 8, and Varsity 8. “Today was a solid performance throughout the team,” said Head Coach Miranda Paris. “It’s hard to not be on the winning end of a margin, but we’re keeping our focus on how our races prepare us for the Big East Championship. Laying down another consistent race and learning from it is always our goal, regardless of the outcome.”
The Varsity 4 was the first race of the morning, rowing a very consistent race. GW got a length through the first 500m and the crews battled as they overlapped decks through the body of the race, neither crew able to significantly affect the established margin until the sprint. “We committed to each other and to the race. We’re happy with how we fought with consistency and power,” said senior bow seat Jackie Fogarty. “Despite having only a few practices together, we knew we could have a good race if we focused on a strong drive every stroke.” GW time of 7:29.8 won the race, with the Hoyas second in 7:36.0 and George Mason in third with 7:59.0. “With a new line-up today, the goal was to be more consistent with our base speed, which we accomplished,” said assistant coach Steve Full. “We’re certainly looking to build on that going into next week’s races.”
The Second Varsity 8 had a slower start, but steadily chipped away at GW’s lead through the body of the piece and into the sprint. “After starting down, we walked back through the body of the race with power and focus,” sophomore stroke Tegan Campia noted. “We started our sprint early, making up a length on GW. You could really feel the aggression at the end of the blade; it was sick.” Despite the impressive sprint, the Hoyas ran out of water, finishing second with a time of 7:08.3, 1.9 seconds behind GW’s winning time of 7:06.4. George Mason finished third in 7:36.4.
In the Varsity 8 race, Georgetown had a clean start and the lead to the 500m mark, but GW’s move through the second 500m opened up a length on the Hoyas. “We kept our fight and pushed against them through the body of the race,” said junior coxswain Libby Hambleton. “We stayed calm and aggressive in a tough race scenario; we’re looking forward to using that experience next weekend.” The Hoyas executed their sprint well, but it wasn’t enough to reverse the margin. GW finished in a time of 6:44.5, 5 seconds over Georgetown’s 6:49.5. George Mason finished third in 7:03.7.
Next up for the Hoyas is the Potomac Challenge Cup/GW Invite, where they will face off against Navy, MIT and St. Joseph’s this coming weekend, racing on Friday and twice on Saturday. Follow their race results live on Twitter @HoyaRowing.