Men's Rowing

Georgetown Men's Heavyweight Rowing Splits Races Against Drexel, Temple

April 7, 2015

Lineups | Drexel Results | Temple Results

WASHINGTON - The Georgetown men's heavyweight rowing team traveled to the Schuylkill River last Saturday to compete in separate 2,000-meter races against Drexel and Temple.

In increasingly windy conditions the first set of races didn't go GU's way. The Hoya men's varsity eight held a boat-length lead in the first half of the race but were not able to hold off a charge by Drexel in the third 500 meters. The second and third varsity eight crews suffered similar fates.

"It was disappointing to see the varsity give up such a healthy lead halfway through the race," Head Coach Luke Agnini, in his first season, said. "They should have done a better job of regrouping and staving off their attack."

The late afternoon featured a full slate of races against Temple crews who had defeated Bucknell earlier in the day. In the first race, featuring the second varsity eight, GU jumped out to a half-boat lead after the first 500 meters. The Hoyas remained steady and were able to extend the lead by a few more seats, finishing 2.2 seconds ahead of the Owls.

In the next race, the Temple and Georgetown varsity eights were locked in a battle and went stroke for stroke in the first 1,000 meters. The Hoyas were able to push through the Temple challenge and won by an eight-seat margin with a time of 6:02.7, to Temple's 6:04.9, to get their first win of the 2015 season.

The third varsity race rounded out the day and was one of the more dramatic of the afternoon. After the first 500 meters, the Georgetown eight found itself behind by six seats. In this potential replay of the morning race the crew instead found some swing and was able to push through Temple in the third 500 meters, going on to win by open water over the Owls.

"I thought our rowers and coxswains did a better job of staying together in the rough conditions in the afternoon races," Agnini said. "We have yet to race in ideal weather conditions and, as a young group, our weaknesses have been exposed and magnified in the rough water. We still have much to work on, but we'll take our first win and focus on preparation for the three races we have in a home stand this weekend."

Georgetown's heavyweight squad returns action at the GW Invite this Friday and Saturday, April 10-11. Racing will take place on the Potomac River and will include EARC league rival Navy.

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