Hoyas Finish the Fall Strong with a Win at the Head of the Occoquan

Nov. 5, 2012

The Hoya Varsity 8+ secured another win this weekend in the Collegiate Eight Event at the Head of the Occoquan, a 3-mile race on the Occoquan Reservoir in Fairfax Station, VA.  The Hoyas finished first in an event with 34 crews, besting Navy, George Washington, George Mason, and St. Joseph’s, among others.  Despite having been off the water all week due to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Hoyas won in a time of 17:04.93.  The Hoya Lights finished 9th in the same event in a time of 17:55.26. 


“This result demonstrates the progress we’re making,” said Head Coach Miranda Paris.  “Plain and simple—we’re beating crews we lost to last year, both at this race and in the spring.  Last year at this race we finished fourth, 23 seconds behind the winner.   We’re going to continue to push this program forward until we are where we want to be.”


Some of the newest Hoya rowers competed for the first time this weekend, finishing 4th in the Collegiate Novice Eight Event in 19:33.74.  Navy won the race in 18:25.7.  “This race was an opportunity for our walk-ons and less experienced rowers to get a race in this fall,” said assistant coach Steve Full.  “Although we were not able to row this week, I am happy with the results, but more important, with the attitudes of the girls.  The goal was to stay controlled, race hard, and stay focused technically.  I believe we accomplished those things and are taking the right steps to have a successful spring season.”  The Varsity Four finished 11th of 31 crews in the Collegiate Four Event in a time of 20:19.15. 


The Hoyas plan to keep training hard here in DC and are looking forward to convening after the break in Sarasota, Florida, for their winter training trip.  Follow them on Twitter @HoyaRowing and on Facebook at Georgetown Rowing. 



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