Oct. 1, 2012
The Hoyas opened their season with a strong showing yesterday on their home course at the Head of the Potomac. Racing in the Open Eight, the Hoya Varsity Openweights secured the win with a time of 15:14.0, besting local competition George Washington University by 32 seconds over the 2.8-mile race course. The Georgetown Varsity Lightweights secured the third-place spot in 15:57.4, ahead of fourth-place St. Joseph's by nearly 14 seconds.
"Today's win is a direct result of the hard work done by the team during their summer training," said Head Coach Miranda Paris. "We set very high fitness standards to return to the team this fall and the athletes rose to that challenge. They are committed to taking Georgetown Women's Rowing in a different direction and they've done the work to take the next steps in that process this year."
"We had a confident, aggressive and consistent race and accomplished our goal of maintaining a strong base rhythm," said Varsity Eight stroke and co-captain Lauren Abrams
. "This race gives us momentum and a solid foundation we can build upon heading into the rest of the fall season."
Lightweight captain Kayla McNeill
commented, "We had a good performance on Sunday and I'm excited to see what we can do at the Charles. We're in a much better position than last year and it will be great to see how we can improve."
The Varsity Four secured a fourth-place finish in a field of sixteen crews in the Women's Four event with a time of 17:37.9. A local club, Thompsons Boat Center, won the race in 17:13.6. The Hoya Lightweight Four finished seventh in a time of 18.11.4.
"The effort we put out today, though by no means perfect, represents an exciting step forward into the fall season," noted Lightweight Coach Jimmy Newcombe. "I was pleased with the aggression and technical execution and our ability to pass the boats ahead of us. This was a highly satisfactory gut check one month into the season."
The Hoyas will be in Boston, Mass. the Head of the Charles Regatta on October 20-21 for their next competition. Follow them on Twitter @HoyaRowing or on Facebook at Georgetown Rowing.