March 28, 2016
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's lightweight rowing team opened its spring season on Easter Sunday, hosting Princeton University in the Fosburgh Cup on the friendly waters of the Potomac River. It was the first time that Princeton had made the trip down to Washington, D.C. to race against the Hoyas.
"This was a good test to see how far we've come since last year, where we stack up now, and where we need to make adjustments moving forward," Georgetown Lightweight Coach Giuseppe Lanzone said. "Compared to last year, we have gained a lot of growth and maturity, and this was highlighted by all of our boats holding their race plans through the body of their pieces, and closing the gap on where we were a year ago."
Sunday consisted of four 2,000-meter races, featuring four different varsity 8 lineups for the Hoyas and five for the Tigers. While the Hoyas dropped each race, every one of Georgetown's boats closed the gap from last year's meeting with Princeton.
In the day's first race, GU's top varsity 8 crew crossed the finish line in 6:15.35, 15 seconds behind its Princeton counterpart. The Hoyas closed the gap by five seconds as last year, on Princeton's home course, the Blue & Gray was 20 seconds behind the Tigers.
Georgetown's second varsity 8 finished its race in 6:19.48, crossing the finish line 18 seconds after Princeton which was an 18-second improvement from 2015 when the Hoyas were 36 seconds behind the Tigers.
The third varsity 8 crew for the Blue & Gray saw the greatest improvement of GU's boats. While the Hoyas were 19 seconds behind Princeton's boat on Sunday, finishing in 6:28.21, Georgetown shaved 20 seconds off the gap with the Tigers from 2015.
The fourth varsity 8 for the Hoyas crossed the finish line on Sunday in 6:52.03.
Georgetown's lightweight squad will next be on the water on Saturday, April 2 when it races against Delaware on the Potomac River.
Varsity 8 lineup:
Coxswain: Leigh Miron (Chicago, Ill./New Trier)
Theodor Wiik (Oslo, Norway/Foss Videregaende Skole)
Hector Formoso-Murias (Key Biscayne, Fla./Belen Jesuit Prep)
Thomas Brzozowski (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius)
Kevin McGowan (Bowie, Md./Gonzaga HS)
Luke Prioleau (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto)
Paul Wrenn (Jacksonville, Fla./Stanton College Prep)
Peter Mangan (Buffalo, N.Y./Canisius HS)
Artym Hayda (Providence, R.I./The Wheeler School)
Second Varsity 8 lineup:
Coxswain: Robert Papel (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy)
William Mangan (Buffalo, N.Y./Canisius HS)
Joe Cecil (Alpharetta, Ga./Johns Creek)
Jack Sardinia (Hamburg, N.Y./Canisius HS)
Conor McCarrick (Valhalla, N.Y./Fordham Prep)
John Matthews (Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional)
Tyler Little (North Wales/LaSalle College HS)
Jordi Perez (Dallas, Texas/Jesuit Dallas)
Third Varsity 8 lineup:
Coxswain: Alexandra Johnson (Van Nuys, Calif./Los Angeles Baptist)
Nicholas Matz (Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt)
Kiefer Mueller (Rye, N.Y./Rye)
Daniel Kreytak (Lexington, Mass./Belmont Hill)
Chris Graff (El Dorado Hills, Calif./Jesuit)
Thomas Stubna (Chicago, Ill./Lincoln Park)
Matthew Jasko (Rutherford, N.J./Saint Peter's Prep)
Fourth Varsity 8 lineup:
Coxswain: Jen Yang-Wong
Brendan Fish (New Hope, Pa./Lawrenceville School)
Jack Price (Watchung, N.J./Delbarton)
Thomas Kiely (Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township)
Tucker Cowden (Hendersonville, Tenn./Merrol Hyde Magnet School)
Mark Stern (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield)
Ben Stern (Wyckoff, N.J./Bergen County Academies)
Matthew Hilley (Rowlett, Texas/Rowlett)
Maxwell Menard (Holden, Mass./St. John's HS)