April 23, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown women's lightweight rowing team raced at Overpeck Lake in Leonia, N.J. on Saturday, April 20 versus Bucknell for the Class of 2012 Cup. The Hoyas looked to regain the cup after being edged out by Bucknell in last year's headrace.
In windy conditions on the course the women's lightweight eight was unable to match the speed of Bucknell, who went on to finish in a time of 7:05.5. The Hoyas crossed the line in 7:17.4. Despite the loss, lightweight assistant coach Alex Kuschner saw improvements in the crew.
"Since the last race, the Varsity Eight has worked hard to gain speed" said coach Kuschner. "This weekend I was able to see improvements in fitness and race-day composure. The crew handled themselves well, especially in the first thousand in rough conditions. We look forward to getting even faster for the upcoming race against Princeton."
The women's lightweight four was able to win their event, defeating the Bison by over 50 seconds in a time of 8:12.1.
"This past week we have really been working in elevating the stroke rate" commented assistant coach Steve Full. "The girls focused a lot on minimizing any upper body movement and having crisper blade placement."
"We were also racing with a new stroke seat, so the crew had to adjust their rhythm a bit, especially how they were getting in to base pace", continued coach Full. "By prioritizing the shift off the high strokes, freshman novice coxswain Iliana Lang called a great move off the high strokes and the girls really clicked into rhythm. Overall I felt that they raced really well. There was solid execution and they refused to let up on the gas pedal despite a sizable lead entering the halfway point. In the next few weeks, we'll concentrate on our sprint as we get ready for Eastern Sprints."
The next race for the lightweights is against Princeton at home on the Potomac on Saturday, April 27.
Varsity Eight: Coxswain Maggie Rush, stroke Kayla McNeill, Ruthie Speidel, Paige Strawn, Clare Southern, Sarah Arcos, Julia Butz, Kyla McClure, Katie McGowan
Varsity Four: Coxswain Iliana Lang, stroke Alycia Craven, Ani Zotti, Emily Fink, Catherine Sandstrom