March 31, 2016
WASHINGTON - Georgetown men's rowing alum, Henry Hoffstot (C'13), and the University of Cambridge "Light Blues" claimed victory at the prestigious 2016 Boat Races on Sunday, March 27. The 162nd running of the annual race between Cambridge and the University of Oxford took place on the River Thames in London, England.
Serving as the Cambridge President and rowing in the sixth seat, Hoffstot helped lead the Light Blues to their first win since 2012, crossing the finish line of the four-mile race in a time of 18:38. Cambridge defeated its Oxford opponents, the Dark Blues, by 2.5 boat lengths.
"I'm at an absolute loss for words," Hoffstot said in a post-race interview. "After losing twice, coming out here and winning is a feeling like nothing I have ever experienced. I am truly humbled."
Sunday was Hoffstot's third Boat Race with Cambridge, having come up short in 2014 and 2015. The Ligonier, Pa. native, who rowed in the Georgetown varsity 8 boat for three years, also rowed at the 2014 Senior World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam. Representing the United States, Hoffstot teamed with fellow Hoya alum, Jack Carlson (SFS'09), in the coxed pair event, placing eighth overall.
Carlson, a 2009 Georgetown captain, has also rowed twice in the Boat Race, serving as the coxswain for Oxford's reserve crew in 2010 and winning the lightweight race with Oxford in 2011.