The Hoyas return to the water on Thursday in Wisconsin.

Men's Rowing

Georgetown Heavyweight Varsity Eight Defeats GW to Win Georges Cup

April 27, 2015

Official Results

The Georgetown University men's heavyweight rowing team rallied to win the varsity eight race on Sunday morning to claim the George Cup in dramatic fashion over George Washington and Rutgers. Racing took place on the Potomac River.

In the most important race for the three schools, Georgetown's varsity eight crew was down almost a half-boat length after 350 meters. However, in the second 500 meters Georgetown was able to make a big move and secured a length lead by the third quarter of the race. GW pushed back in the last 500 but could not catch the Hoyas as GU finished with a five-seat advantage in 5:34.1 over GW (5:35.1) and Rutgers (5:47.4).

"I thought the varsity showed a lot of poise and maturity against GW," Head Coach Luke Agnini said. "After an incredibly challenging week of training and lineup changes, they were able to find their strength in the body of the race. The start and the sprint were sluggish, but we can work on the ends a lot easier than the body. I was pleased with the squad's effort across the board against a deep and very well coached GW squad."

In the second varsity eight race, GW and Rutgers jumped out ahead of Georgetown for the first 500 meters, but in the second half of the race the Hoyas moved in front of Rutgers and started to close in on the Colonials, who had a clear length advantage coming into the last 500 meters. GU continued to push back into the opposition and finished with some overlap, crossing the finish line in 5:44.3, just behind GW (5:42.3) and well ahead of Rutgers (5:59.6).

The next race featured a four boat matchup with all three school's third varsity eights plus a fourth eight boat from GW. Georgetown's crew held its own during the race, finishing in second place in front of Rutgers and GW's fourth boat. After GW and the field took a length in the first half of the race, the Hoyas were able to settle down and walk through and finish ahead of the Rutgers third and the GW fourth varsity.

Both Georgetown and GW took athletes out of their lower varsity boats to pit freshman eights against each other. The Hoyas lost a length in the opening salvo but fought hard to stay in the race. Never losing more than a seat for the rest of the race they also had overlap in the final strokes with GW finishing 2.6 seconds behind.

"One of the highlights of the day was actually the freshman eight race," Agnini said. "Even though they lost by a little less than a length, they gave that length up in the first 30 seconds of the race and showed a lot of guts not letting GW get away and even chewed back into them a little bit."

"With such a young squad, it was a lot of fun to see them respond well to a challenging week and perform when they really didn't feel rested. Everything we did wrong against Holy Cross last week, we were able to focus on and correct against GW. We will gain very valuable experience in these close races and we will continue to make sure we do things the right way. Hats off to GW for a great day of racing across the board. The two programs have so much mutual respect, it is great to have tight racing, it only makes everyone better."

Georgetown's varsity eight will travel to Wisconsin on Thursday for match races against No. 7 Boston University and Eastern Sprints-rival MIT.

Weekend Lineups
First Varsity:
Coxswain: James Shearman (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron)
Stroke: Bram Ouweleen (Evaston, Ill./Evaston Township)
7. Chris Cacace (Yonkers, N.Y./Hackley School)
6. Hayden Pascal (Greenwich, Conn./Taft School)
5. Robert Danziger (Lincoln, Mass./Belmont Hill)
4. John Carroll (Bronxville, N.Y./Fordham Prep)
3. Jimmy McDermott (Wayne, Pa./Conestoga)
2. Graham Miller (Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick)
Bow: Nakul Makkad (Fullerton, Calif./Fairmont Prep)

Second Varsity:
Coxswain: Emma Lux (Valencia, Calif./The Taft School )
Stroke: Vaughan Merrick (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich)
7. Michael Davidson (Southport, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall)
6. Matthew Rollings (Longmeadow, Mass./Loomis Chaffee)
5. Carson Yates (Oklahoma City, Okla./Heritage Hall)
4. Bryan Renslo (Palos Verdes, Calif./Chadwick)
3. Liam Carty (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Taft School)
2. Sean Barry (Vero Beach, Fla./Saint Edwards)
Bow: Mike Lewers (Wayne, Pa./Malvern Prep)

Third Varsity:
Coxswain: Colette Gilner (Sandy Springs, Md./Stone Ridge)
Stroke: Ray Dunn (Harvard, Mass./The Groton School)
7. Derek Boyse (Washington, D.C./Groton School)
6. Max Paterson
5. Daniel Akselrod (Johns Creek, Ga./Chattahoochee)
4. Neil Filosa (River Forest, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest)
3. Nick Beiderman (Bedford, N.H./Bedford)
2. Nathan Wegbreit (Wadsworth, Ill./Homechool)
Bow: Ian Dunne (Rye, N.Y./Iona Prep)

Coxswain: Hannah Walrath (Banner Elk, N.C./NCSSM)
Stroke: Max Paterson
7. Tom Walker (Chestnut Hill, Pa./LaSalle)
6. Liam Carty (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Taft School)
5. Daniel Akselrod (Johns Creek, Ga./Chattahoochee)
4. Neil Filosa (River Forest, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest)
3. Matthew Rollings (Longmeadow, Mass./Loomis Chaffee)
2. Ian Dunne (Rye, N.Y./Iona Prep)
Bow: Sean Barry (Vero Beach, Fla./Saint Edwards)

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