April 26, 2012
The Georgetown Lightweight Crew team finished its regular season racing this Saturday with two separate races culminating in a 7-2 season. The finished marked the best regular season record the Hoya Lights since 2005. The double-header included races against Princeton and Pennsylvania in the morning, and in the afternoon versus Harvard.
The varsity 8+ clocked another successful time against a strong Princeton crew, extending their season record against the Tigers to 2-0, while also defeating Pennsylvania in the same race. Georgetown's finishing time was 5:38.7, with Princeton crossing the line in 5:41.2 and the Quakers with a time of 5:49.4.
Also in the morning races, the second varsity 8+ pulled an impressive race. Three weeks ago, the boat pulled a time 15.3 seconds slower than the Tiger's second varsity 8+; however, the Hoyas managed to cut the margin by nearly eleven seconds by coming in with a time of 5:57.0, just 4.6 seconds behind Princeton's 5:52.4, and well ahead of Pennsylvania's time of 6:03.1.
Rounding out the morning racing, the Georgetown freshmen finished in third behind Princeton and Pennsylvania with a time of 6:10.2, while the varsity 4+ finished just 2.8 seconds behind Princeton.
"Our boats did a great job this weekend, racing our fastest times of the season against great competition," said coach Matt Madigan.
After a long morning of successful racing, the Georgetown Lights faced No. 1 Harvard, also on Lake Carnegie. Unfortunately, the No. 3 Hoyas were unable to pull an upset.
Harvard came to the racecourse strong after morning races of their own in Annapolis against Navy, and were able to best the Hoya varsity 8+ by 4.5 seconds in a time of 5:37.0 compared to Georgetown's 5:41.5.
The second varsity, freshmen and varsity four races faced similar fates to the Crimson, all coming in second by varying margins.
Co-Captain Steve Kendall commented, "While the afternoon proved to be disappointing compared to the morning, the team is still extremely excited about our outstanding regular season record. There is an enormous level of enthusiasm going into training for the championship races-we're all ready to get to work to close the slim margins we have against Harvard."
The Georgetown Lightweights have three full weeks off before facing the entire league at the Eastern Sprints Championships on Sunday, May 13th in Worcester, MA. The Hoyas will look to claim a spot on the podium, a feat that hasn't been accomplished by the team since a bronze-medal finish in 2009 in the varsity 8+.