Jan. 28, 2016
WASHINGTON - Head Coach Stephen Full and the Georgetown University women's rowing team released its schedule on Wednesday for the upcoming 2016 spring season. The slate features a spring break training trip as well as seven regular-season events leading up to the Patriot League Championships in May.
"I am very much looking forward to when we're on the water again during our upcoming spring training trip to Florida," said Full. "Currently we are on the ergs for our winter training, which is giving the coaches a good chance to work more one on one with the girls on technique. We also did a short minicamp just before school which was really beneficial for our young team."
The Blue & Gray will kick off the spring with its annual spring break training trip, March 4-12. At Fort Hamer Park in Ellenton, Florida, the Hoyas will train and compete against each other while working on perfecting their technical points and stroke rating to be more effective at the end of races. The extended training on the water will also allow Full and his coaching staff to put together the best possible combination for each boat.
GU will first compete against another program on Friday, March 25 when it travels to Raleigh, N.C. for the Class of 2006 Cup. The Hoyas look to retain the Cup for a fifth-consecutive year as they race against both the University of North Carolina and Old Dominion University. Last season, in the same race on the Potomac River, Georgetown defeated both UNC and West Virginia University.
The Hoya lightweight squad will head to Boston the weekend of April 2-3 to race against Harvard.
Georgetown's openweight crews will return to its home waters, the Potomac River, the weekend of April 8-9 for the George Washington Invitational. The Hoyas will look to improve on last year's fifth-place finish as they will be put to the test against some of the best collegiate rowing programs on the East Coast.
While the GU openweight boats are racing in Washington, D.C., the Hoya lightweight crews will be competing in the Knecht Cup, April 9-10, on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J. Last season, racing in high winds, Georgetown saw its varsity four and varsity eight boats finish first and third in their respective petite finals.
The Hoyas will again split up for their next races as the lightweight squad will head to Princeton for the Class of 2006 Cup on Saturday, April 23 against the Tigers. On Sunday, April 24, the openweight crews will compete in the Georges Cup, racing against both George Mason and George Washington on the Occoquan River. In last year's Georges Cup, the Blue & Gray took home the title, sweeping both with varsity eight and second varsity eight races. The Hoya lightweights lost to Princeton last spring, despite winning the varsity four race by nearly 30 seconds.
GU will gear up for the Patriot League Championships as both the openweight and lightweight squads will compete at the Eastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges (EAWRC) Eastern Sprints on April 30-May 1. Racing will be held on the Cooper River in Cherry Hills, N.J.
The Hoyas will look to peak in time for the Patriot League Championships, which will be held on May 12-13 on the Cooper River, with their sights set on an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships, May 27-29 on Lake Natoma in Sacramento, California.
Pending qualification, the Georgetown lightweights will close out the 2016 spring season at the IRA National Championships, June 3-5, on Mercer Lake. A season ago, the Hoyas sent their varsity eight and varsity four crews and enjoyed a strong showing. The varsity eight advanced to grand final and finished in sixth place, while the varsity four won its petite final race.