Hoyas finish fourth overall at Big East Championship
May 15, 2012
The Hoyas finished up their season this past weekend, competing at the Big East Championship on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, New Jersey, finishing fourth overall. Senior Kyla Cook and junior Lindsey Bragg were named to the All-Big East Second Team, while senior Sydney LeGuyader was named to the All-Big East First Team.
Georgetown’s Varsity 8 and Varsity 4 both qualified for the Grand Final, finishing fourth and third, respectively. The 2V8 won the petite final, finishing fifth overall. Notre Dame won with 111 points, Syracuse was second with 97 points, Louisville third with 87 points, and Georgetown fourth with 69 points.
“This year has been incredible and this regatta was a great way to end it,” said Head Coach Miranda Paris. “I came into a team who showed me they wanted to work hard, raise the bar, and trust the direction we want to head in the future with Georgetown Rowing. All three of our crews had their best performances all year in the morning time trials and the finals in the afternoon; you can’t ask for much more than that. We rowed our best and most consistent races all year: technically, psychologically, strategically.”
The morning time trials took place uneventfully for all three crews on dead calm conditions at Mercer Lake. As the wind picked up for the afternoon finals, the Hoyas were hungry to see what they could do in head-to-head competition. In the Varsity 8, the crew was down by a length off the start, but by the 600m-mark had move back into contact with the field and all crews were within half to three-quarters of a length for the rest of the race. In a furious sprint to the finish, Notre Dame took the winning slot in a time of 6:31.7, followed by Syracuse, Louisville and Georgetown at 6:37.2. “We’ve been working all year on internal confidence and consistency when the racing gets tough,” said Paris. “We’ve trained to be fit enough for that, but it’s the belief in your crew and the desire to access that gear that enables you to do it. I’m very proud of how they’ve come along this year. It’s encouraging to have closed the gap on Louisville and to be so close to top-ranked teams (such as Notre Dame). I’m looking forward to what we can do with more time together.”
Senior and two-time captain Sydney LeGuyader commented: “The Big East regatta was the perfect end to a very dynamic season for the whole team. Every boat threw down an aggressive piece and showed improvement on crews from previous races. I have never been part of a Varsity 8 with more fight and determination, and truly had the best race of my collegiate rowing career. While the senior class and I are sad to graduate, we could not be more proud of our team this season, and look forward to watching Georgetown progress and challenge our Big East competitors for the championship in years to come.”
The 2V8 narrowly missed making the Grand Final, but rowed a long and aggressive race in the Petite Final to win over West Virginia, Rutgers and Villanova. “This crew is young, primarily composed of freshman, and has come incredibly far this year,” said Paris. “With the leadership of some of the older members of the boat, I’ve seen this crew come together. This year’s performance is the tip of the iceberg for them; I know they are hungry for more.”
The Varsity 4, who lost by 14 seconds to the Louisville Varsity 4 two weeks earlier, tied that same boat in the morning time trial. In the Grand Final, the Hoyas went off the line with a lot of aggression and enthusiasm. They finished third, ahead of Louisville by six seconds, earning every bit of their bronze medal. Syracuse won the race in 7:29.9, followed by Notre Dame at 7:31.4 and Georgetown at 7:48.5. Spurred by belief in the direction of the team, and commitment to each other to do whatever it takes, they, like the rest of their teammates, were able to have the best race of the year when it mattered most. “The girls had a fantastic race. To have a 20 second swing in two weeks is huge, and only possible if the crew truly believes,” said assistant coach Steve Full. “We had showed some speed against Louisville in our first 500 two weeks ago, but a theme for the year has been 'what do we do next.' They really dug deep and showed that they have the passion for speed. This result was a combination of trust in one another, passion and the crew dialing in to the powerful rhythm we had been emphasizing these last few weeks. I am extremely proud of the girls and I am extremely proud of this team.”
Second Varsity 8
Final Team Standings
All-BIG EAST First Team
All-BIG EAST Second Team
Coaching Staff of the Year