Oct. 16, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown men's rowing squad travels north to Boston this weekend with its heavyweight and lightweight varsity eights competing at the 50th Head of the Charles Regatta (HOCR). The Hoyas will be competing in the regatta's top events: the Championship Eight and Lightweight Eight.
The GU heavyweights will be in action at 2:03 p.m. on Sunday in the 36-crew Championship Eight race. The Hoyas will face some of the best competition in the world, including two entries from the U.S. National Team, three world rowing all-star crews, five international entries and a full field of the top U.S. collegiate crews.
Georgetown's lineup consists of coxswain Bethany Biszko ( Tiverton, R.I./St Mary's Academy-Bay View), stroke Mike Davidson ( Southport, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall), Hayden Pascal ( Greenwich, Conn./Taft School), Graham Miller ( Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick), Robert Danziger ( Lincoln, Mass./Belmont Hill), John Carroll (Bronxville, N.Y./Fordham Prep), Chris Cacace ( Yonkers, N.Y./Hackley School), Bram Ouweleen ( Evaston, Ill./Evaston Township) and bow Nakul Makkad ( Fullerton, Calif./Fairmont Prep).
"Our Championship Eight entry is comprised of five sophomores, one senior, two juniors, and a senior coxswain," said Georgetown Men's Rowing Head Coach Luke Agnini. "They are a pretty young crew but I also feel like they are a bunch of racers, so the guys are looking forward to being back in the top eights field this year".
The Georgetown lightweights will take to the waters less than two hours after the heavyweights, racing at 3:44 p.m. in the Men's Lightweight Eight event. The 17-boat lightweight field includes international crews as well as a large field of 15 U.S. schools, showcasing the very best of collegiate lightweight rowing.
GU's crew will be rowed by coxswain Robert Papel (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy), stroke Peter Mangan (Buffalo, N.Y./Canisius High School), Kevin McGowan (Bowie, Md./Gonzaga HS), Luke Prioleau (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto), Tom Brzozowski (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius HS), Jack Sardinia (Hamburg, N.Y./Canisius High School), Gerard Thiers (Langhorne, Pa./LaSalle College HS), Chris Graff (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) and bow Dan Kreytak (Lexington, Mass./Belmont Hill).
"This year's crew is young but they have been motivated to improve this fall and are hungry for success," Georgetown Varsity Lightweight Coach Giuseppe Lanzone said. "They are getting faster and they haven't found their limits yet. We are looking forward to some great racing this Sunday."
In the Men's Alumni Eight race, Georgetown will also look to defend last year's win. GU's top men's alumni entry, featuring graduates from both the lightweight and heavyweight squads from past years, will race on Saturday at 12:38 p.m. and will be starting first in the 56-crew field.
The lineup consists of coxswain Victoria Stuglis ('11), stroke Taylor Frank ('08), Jack Devlin ('13), Connor Smith ('14), Joe Ledvina ('10), Joe Krajewski ('06), Michael McGrath ('07), Ralph Crowley ('07) and bow Tim Carey ('10).
There will also be a second Alumni Eight, two Master's Eights and a Club Eight entry made under the Friends of Georgetown Rowing name. The full schedule of races, draw and line-ups for the weekend's races can be found online at .
Head of the Charles Luncheon:
On Saturday, the Boston-area rowing alums will be welcoming those members of the Georgetown Rowing family who have come north to compete and observe at this year's HOCR. They will be providing lunch at noon to the rowers, coaches, parents, alumni and friends.
This riverside luncheon's location will be different from the Alumni Village tents. Weather permitting; the luncheon will be set up next to the Vespoli tent located in the vendor area past Elliot Bridge, about 500 meters before the finish line. If you plan on attending, please RSVP to Liz or Frank White at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. An email confirmation will be sent on the morning of the event to those that RSVP.
Directions to the regatta are available at www.hocr.org.
Saturday Evening Alumni Event:
Including Georgetown's defending alumni eight, at least 40 alums in total will be competing at this year's Head of the Charles. A get-together for alumni and friends has been organized at the Tennis & Racquet Club: 939 Boylston -- at Hereford Street from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday evening. Alums, parents, and friends of GU Rowing may attend the event. If you would like to come to the event please RSVP here.
Following the events in Boston, Georgetown will be back in action next weekend, on Sunday, October 26, racing in all eights and fours categories at the Princeton Chase Regatta in Princeton, N.J.