April 21, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's crew team faced Holy Cross and Bucknell in a double dual format on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J., last Saturday.
The first contest of the day was for the Father Healy Cup, given to the winner of the varsity eight race between Holy Cross and Georgetown. The Georgetown varsity eight line-up included coxswain Bethany Biszko (Tiverton, R.I./St Mary's Academy Bay View), stroke Bram Ouweleen (Evanston, Ill./Evaston Township), Robbie Danziger (Lincoln, Mass./Belmont Hill), Philip Miller (Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick), Benjamin Holtzmuller (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day), Lazar Zdravkovic (Belgrade, Serbia/Stiernhooks Gymnasiet, Rattvik, Sweden), Jameson Nelson (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier), Hayden Pascal (Greenwich, Conn./Taft School) and bow James McDermott (Wayne, Pa./Conestoga). Georgetown found itself behind by three-quarters of a length in the first half of the race to the Crusaders. It was back and forth racing all the way to the line but Holy Cross finished first in a time of 6:25.7, just two seconds in front of the Hoyas to take home the Father Healy Cup.
The next race up was the second varsity event, also against Holy Cross. Georgetown raced the lineup of coxswain Colette Gilner (Sandy Springs, Md./Stone Ridge), stroke Gar Ditz (Colorado Springs, Colo./Philips Exeter Academy), John Absher (Greenville, S.C./James L. Mann), Will Halle (Dallas, Texas/Cistercian Prep), Brian Hecht (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joe's Prep), Mike Lewers (Wayne, Pa./Malvern Prep), Wesford Lang (Dallas, Texas/Dallas Jesuit), Ray Dunn (Harvard, Mass./The Groton School) and bow Corso Rosati (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto). They fought hard against Holy Cross in a tight battle for the first 1,000 meters. Holy Cross was able to mount a charge in the third 500 to open up a half-length lead. But this time Georgetown mounted a push in the last 200 meters and, in a sprint finish, was able to take Holy Cross at the line. The winning time was 6:41.8; Holy Cross clocked 6:42.6.
In the first freshman race Georgetown faced third varsity boat entries from Holy Cross and Hobart and a first freshman boat from Bucknell who had won the Knecht Cup the previous weekend. The Hoyas lineup of coxswain James Shearman (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron), stroke Nakul Makkad (Fullerton, Calif./Fairmont Prep), Devon Baker (Glenelg, Md./McDonogh School), Chris Cacace (Yonkers, N.Y./Hackley School), John Oswald (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich), Ignacio De Lera (Rye, N.Y./Rye Country Day), Bryan Renslo (Palos Verdes, Calif./Chadwick School), Carson Yates (Oklahoma City, Okla./Heritage Hall) and bow Vaughan Merrick (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) raced off the line and were together with their opponents in the opening 100 meters of the race. But Georgetown moved early and took an open water lead. The boat from Holy Cross did not back down and raced to put a dent in Georgetown's lead. The Blue & Gray were able to counter their move to finish 4.4 seconds ahead in a time of 6:33.2. Bucknell and Hobart finished 16 and 18.9 seconds behind, respectively. The win helps Georgetown remain undefeated against freshman opponents so far this season.
In the second half of the racing program, Georgetown's first and second varsity squads won its races against Bucknell. GU posted victories by 9.8 seconds in the varsity race, and 7.1 seconds in the second varsity.
Georgetown's regular season culminates with an important matchup this Saturday, April 26, when the Hoyas return to Lake Carnegie to face Rutgers and crosstown rival GW.