May 18, 2015
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown women's rowing team raced in the Patriot League Championships over the weekend on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J. The Hoyas placed fifth overall for the second-consecutive season with a total of 27 points.
Navy won all three grand final races to win the championship with 54 points. Bucknell finished second with 48 points while Holy Cross and Boston University, the defending champions, each finished with 39 points. MIT (25), Lehigh (16), Colgate (15) and Loyola Maryland (3) rounded out the field.
"Overall, we had our best racing on the day that it mattered the most," Georgetown Head Coach Miranda Paris said. "I am proud of the team and what they put into this year. We're excited to move on to next year and continue to push this team forward."
The Hoyas' varsity eight crew opened strong, crossing the finish line in second place in the first heat of the day with a time of 6:54.48. The Blue & Gray were behind only Navy in their heat and posted the fifth-fasted time of the heats. In the grand final, the Hoyas increased their time by nearly six seconds, edging out MIT for a fifth-place finish, 6:48.3 to 6:48.7.
The second varsity eight boat also had a strong showing in the morning heats, placing third in 7:08.5, the fourth-fastest time of the heats. In the grand final, similar to the varsity eight, Georgetown saw a significant improvement in its time, erasing almost 12 seconds with a finish of 6:56.7 to take fifth place.
In the varsity four event, the Hoyas placed fourth in their morning heat, clocking in at 8:35.6. GU advanced to the petite final where it easily took first place with a time of 8:27.3, defeating Colgate by a 35-second margin.
The Hoyas will next send two boats, the lightweight varsity eight and varsity four crews, to the IRA National Championships on Mercer Lake, N.J., May 29-31.
Coxswain: Sabrina Gosman (Newton, Mass./Winsor School)
Stroke: Savannah Kochinke (San Francisco, Calif./The Lawrenceville School [N.J.])
7. Laura Collins (Caribou, Maine/Caribou)
6. Keara Schmeiser (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken)
5. Christina Johnson (Redding, Conn./Joel Barlow)
4. Margaret Dunne (Larchmont, N.Y./Convent of the Sacred Heart)
3. Julia Butz (Ann Arbor, Mich./Greenhills)
2. Alexandra Porrazzo (Greensboro, Vt./St. Andrew's [Del.])
Bow: Meaghan Keefe (Delmar, N.Y./Bethlehem Central)
Second Varsity 8
Coxswain: Beth Weinrich (Willow Grove, Pa./Mount Saint Joseph Academy)
Stroke: Sarah Varney (Hingham, Mass./Notre Dame Academy)
7. Natalie Clark (Wilton, Conn./Wilton)
6. Jelena Pesa (Darien, Conn./Phillips Exeter Academy)
5. Emma Thompson (Claremont, Calif./St. Lucy's Priory)
4. Emily Buongiorno (Newton Square, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy)
3. Jen Bisgaier (Afton, Va./Western Albemarle)
2. Emily Paciulla (Davis, Calif./Davis Senior)
Bow: Samantha Smolka (Westport, Conn./Staples)
Coxswain: Jocelyn Kozjar (Ellicott City, Md./River Hill)
Stroke: Jocelyn Hlawaty (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge)
3. Meaghan Bresnahan (Harleysville, Pa./Mount Saint Joseph)
2. Sabine Neschke (Harvard, Mass./Kent)
Bow: Kayla Giger (Lebanon, Ind./Brebeuf Jesuit Prep)