July 8, 2013
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Lee Reed announced today that the women's rowing program will join the Patriot League as an associate member.
The Hoyas, who are already an associate member for football, will begin competing in the sport during the 2013-14 academic year and participate in the Patriot League Women's Rowing Championship in the spring.
"We're very excited about the opportunity to join the Patriot League in women's rowing," Reed said. "Georgetown has a great relationship with the Patriot League because of our association with football and this will provide a secure future for women's rowing with a closer regional alignment. This move is a great fit for our program, our coaches and our student-athletes."
Led by Head Coach Miranda Paris, the Hoyas finished fifth at the BIG EAST championships in 2013. The Hoyas join full-time Patriot League members Boston University, Bucknell University, Colgate University, the College of Holy Cross, Lehigh University, Loyola University Maryland and the United States Naval Academy as well as associate member Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the sport of women's rowing. "It's very exciting for us," Paris said. "I think it's a good fit for our program as it develops and I have a great deal of respect for the coaches in the League. I'm incredibly excited to work with them."
"We are very pleased to expand our relationship with Georgetown and welcome them as an associate member in women's rowing," Patriot League Executive Director Carolyn Schlie Femovich said. "They have been a valued member of the Patriot League for more than a decade and share the strong academic and athletic ideals that exemplify the League."
The Patriot League received its first automatic berth to the NCAA Women's Rowing Championship last season, with League champion Navy taking 20th place in the event.