Sept. 30, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown men's rowing team opened up its fall racing season on Sunday, starting the 2014-15 campaign with a win at the Head of the Potomac. The Hoyas defeated over crews from Navy, SUNY-Geneseo and other various club teams.
The Georgetown top four with coxswain, with a line-up of stroke Robby Danziger ( Lincoln, Mass./Belmont Hill) , Hayden Pascal ( Greenwich, Conn./Taft School) , Graham Miller ( Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick) , Michael Davidson ( Southport, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall) and Bethany Biszko ( Tiverton, R.I./St Mary's Academy-Bay View), won the men's four race. The Hoyas finished first out of 14 total boats in a time of 15:40.2 - 19 seconds ahead of the second-place crew from Navy.
GU's eight man placed second out of 19 entries in the club eight event. The Hoyas crossed the finish line in 14:03, less than six seconds behind a boat from the Potomac Boat Club. The Blue & Gray's line-up included stroke Nakul Makkad ( Fullerton, Calif./Fairmont Prep) , Tom Walker, Liam Carty, Carson Yates ( Oklahoma City, Okla./Heritage Hall) , Vaughan Merrick ( Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) , Mike Lewers ( Wayne, Pa./Malvern Prep) , William Halle ( Dallas, Texas/Cistercian Prep) , Brian Renslo ( Palos Verdes, Calif./Chadwick) and Biszko at coxswain.
Georgetown's lightweights were also entered in the club eight race, with the top boat placing fourth overall in a time of 14:31.6. The crew consisted of stroke Peter Mangan ( Buffalo, N.Y./Canisius High School) , Tom Brzozowski ( Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) , Luke Prioleau ( Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto) , Jack Sardinia ( Hamburg, N.Y./Canisius High School) , Charles Boisvert ( Montreal, Quebec/Hotchkiss School) , Jefferson Xu ( Vancouver, British Columbia/St. George's School) , Jack Price ( Watchung, N.J./Delbarton) , and coxswain Arianna Hughes.
All five of Georgetown's student entries in the club eight race finished in the top 10.
"The team really put together some impressive performances," said first year Men's Rowing Head Coach Luke Agnini. "We are a young team and have been on the water for less than a month so this is really early for us. But I think the guys have been working hard to improve in practice and I thought that showed through today. We have some big races coming up at the end of October and we will be looking for the squad to continue to set the tone on a daily basis as we get ready to see an international field at the Head of the Charles in the Championship Eight event and most of our league competition one week later at the Princeton Chase."
The Hoyas next race will be at the Head of the Charles in Boston, Mass., on October 18.