Oct. 15, 2015
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's rowing team will join crews from around the world this weekend for the 51st Head of the Charles Regatta (HOCR) in Boston. The Hoyas will have boats entered in the Club 8+ and the Championship 8+ races.
The Club 8+ race is scheduled for 2:04 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. The Blue & Gray will be put to the test in a competitive field of 41 collegiate and club crews.
Georgetown's lineup for the Club 8+ is coxswain Colette Gilner (Sandy Springs, Md./Stone Ridge), Vaughan Merrick (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich), Ray Dunn (Harvard, Mass./The Groton School), Hayden Pascal (Greenwich, Conn./Taft School), Nakul Makkad (Fullerton, Calif./Fairmont Prep), Mike Lewers (Wayne, Pa./Malvern Prep), Carson Yates (Oklahoma City, Okla./Heritage Hall), Sean Barry (Vero Beach, Fla./Saint Edwards) and Max Paterson.
On Sunday, the Hoyas will face some of the best competition in the world in the 27-crew Championship 8+ event. The race is set to begin at 2:30 p.m. In the same event last year, the GU placed 24th out of a field of 36 boats that included several international crews. Georgetown's time of 15:15.739 was less than 12 seconds from finishing in the top 10 of collegiate programs.
This year's Hoya lineup consists of coxswain James Shearman (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron), Bryan Renslo (Palos Verdes, Calif./Chadwick), Liam Carty (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Taft School), Graham Miller (Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick), Chris Cacace (Yonkers, N.Y./Hackley School), John Carroll (Bronxville, N.Y./Fordham Prep), Robert Danziger (Lincoln, Mass./Belmont Hill), Bram Ouleween (Evaston, Ill./Evaston Township) and Jimmy McDermott (Wayne, Pa./Conestoga).
Hector Formoso-Murias (Key Biscayne, Fla./Belen Jesuit) will represent the Hoyas in the men's lightweight single on Sunday morning at 11:53 a.m.
The Blue & Gray will also have a boat in the lightweight 4+. Last season, the lightweight squad sent a boat to compete in the lightweight 8+ race, finishing 15th in a time of 16:08.143 against some of the best collegiate lightweight boats in the country.
The lineup for this year's lightweight crew will include coxswain Robert Papel (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy), Luke Prioleau (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto), Kevin McGowan (Bowie, Md./Gonzaga HS), Jack Sardinia (Hamburg, N.Y./Canisius HS) and Conor McCarrick (Valhalla, N.Y./Fordham Prep).
Alumni of the men's rowing program have several entries in this year's HOCR. On Saturday, one crew of former Hoyas will race in the Senior Masters 4+ at 10:44 a.m. and two boats of GU alums are entered to race in the Alumni 8+ at 12:32 p.m. Another crew will be racing alongside the current squad in the Club 8+ race.
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.
Weather permitting, the luncheon will be located near the course's finishing line, just downstream from where the boat trailers are parked. To RSVP to the event, email Frank or Liz White at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Once and RSVP is received, a more precise location will provided.
Saturday Evening Alumni Event
At least 50 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 - 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.
Directions to the regatta and more information are available at www.hocr.org.