The Hoyas will compete in the Championship Eights and the Lightweight Fours on Sunday.

Women's Rowing

Women's Rowing Set for 50th Head of the Charles Regatta

Oct. 16, 2014

WASHINGTON - This upcoming weekend, crews from around the world will converge onto the Charles River in Boston for the 50th Head of the Charles Regatta (HOCR). The Georgetown women's rowing program will send two boats - the varsity eight and the lightweight four - for the weekend's events.

"It is a privilege to row at the Head of the Charles and to be a part of such a long-standing tradition of excellence," Georgetown Women's Rowing Head Coach Miranda Paris said. "The team has been training hard and it will be good to test ourselves under challenging circumstances, which the Head of the Charles always presents for its competitors."

The Hoyas will first compete in the 4,800-meter Championship Eights event on Sunday afternoon. The 34-crew event will start at 2:18 p.m. GU's lineup consists of coxswain Sabrina Gosman ( Newton, Mass./Winsor School) , stroke Margaret Dunne ( Larchmont, N.Y./Convent of the Sacred Heart) , Meaghan Keefe ( Delmar, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) , Keara Schmeiser ( Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) , Jennifer Bisgaier ( Afton, Va./Western Albemarle) , Christina Johnson ( Redding, Conn./Joel Barlow) , Samantha Smolka ( Westport, Conn./Staples) , Emily Buongiorno ( Newton Square, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy) and Julia Butz ( Ann Arbor, Mich./Greenhills).

The Lighweight Fours race, which consists of 13 boats, will begin just over an hour after the Championship Eights event, with a start time of 3:31 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. The Hoyas will be rowed by coxswain Margaret Rush ( Fort Washington, Pa./Mount St. Joseph) , stroke Sarah Arcos ( Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Polytech) , Sophie Kershaw (El Dorado Hills, Calif.), Catherine Sandstrom ( Seattle, Wash./Ingraham and Grace Benson (Oakland, Calif.).

Following the events in Boston, Georgetown will be back in action next weekend, October 25-26, racing at the Princeton Chase Regatta in Princeton, N.J.

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 or An email confirmation will be sent on the morning of the event to those that RSVP.

Directions to the regatta are available at

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.

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