April 17, 2012
Early Saturday morning, Georgetown Varsity Lightweight Men took down strong Navy and Delaware teams on the Severn River in Annapolis, MD, extending their regular season record to 5-1.
Coming off a disappointing race last weekend that ended in a close loss to 2nd ranked Yale, the Hoya Lightweight Varsity 8+ rebounded to handily beat league rival Navy and Delaware with a time of 6:15.8. The Hoya 150 result was almost 5 seconds ahead of the Midshipmen (6:20.5) and over 14 seconds ahead of Delaware (6:29.3).
Co-Captain Chris Ulrich commented, "It was a good win for the varsity eight coming off the loss to Yale. We know we have to make significant improvements to achieve our post-season goals, but the boat is entirely confident that we can make these changes before the league championship in four weeks."
Georgetown faced stiff competition from a deep Navy team in the other races of the day. The Georgetown second varsity eight finished in third of four crews with a time of 6:36.1, behind Navy and Delaware second boats and ahead of Navy's third varsity eight. Similarly, the Hoya varsity four placed third of four with a time of 7:55.3, behind two Navy fours and ahead of Delaware's varsity four. In the freshmen event, Georgetown placed fourth with a time of 6:42.8.
The Hoya Lights will face Navy again at the Eastern Sprints league championship on May 13. Next week (April 21), the team will travel to Princeton, NJ to close out the regular season with a double-header: Princeton/Pennsylvania in the morning, and an afternoon dual vs. No. 1 Harvard.