Men's Rowing

Georgetown Heavyweight Rows at GW Invite; Lightweights Compete in Boston

April 12, 2016

Complete Results: GW Invite | Joy Cup | Harvard

WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's rowing team split sites this past weekend, competing in three different events. The heavyweight crews remained in Washington, D.C. to compete in the GW Invite on the Potomac River while the lightweight boats traveled up to the Charles River in Boston for the Joy Cup against Yale and MIT on Saturday and to race against Harvard on Sunday.

GW Invite -- Potomac River
GU's heavyweights took on some of the best competition in the region, while also battling some tough rowing elements this past weekend at the GW Invite, held on the Potomac River. The Hoyas opened the competition on Friday afternoon against a highly-touted Drexel before racing against both Navy and Holy Cross on Saturday morning.

Due to inclement weather on Saturday, racing was shortened to just a morning session, with the scheduled afternoon events mixed into the morning races. Racing took place on a 2,000-meter buoyed race course beginning near the Spout Run area of the Potomac River with the finish line at Washington Harbour in Georgetown. On Friday, crews had to deal with rough conditions and heavy winds, sometimes gusting up to 30 MPH, causing choppy waters with the occasional whitecaps.

Against the 14th-ranked Drexel squad, the Hoyas put together a very strong effort beginning with the varsity 8+ crew. Through the first 1,000 meters the Hoyas were dead even with the Dragons, but faltered slightly over the next 500 meters. GU mounted a valiant comeback, closing the gap from six seats to just one, but ran out of water as Drexel won by just a margin of seven-tenths of a second. The Hoyas crossed the finish line in a time of 5:36.6. On Saturday, the varsity 8+ could not replicate its effort from Friday and saw its time slip by 20 seconds, finishing behind both Navy and Holy Cross with a time of 5:57.2.

The second varsity 8+ race was just as exciting, but unfortunately with the same finish. Trailing by a boat length for most of the race, Georgetown cut Drexel's lead by eight seats over the final meters of the race, but fell by just five-tenths of a second with a time of 5:41.6. The Hoyas had a similar race on Saturday, making a final rush to close within just a few seats of Navy, ultimately finishing second in 5:38.8, just 2.4 seconds behind the Midshipmen and more than 15 seconds ahead of the Crusaders.

GU's third varsity 8+ crew, made up entirely of freshmen, enjoyed a comfortable victory over both of Drexel's third and fourth varsity boats, completing the course in 5:45.1 to win by more than six seconds. On Saturday, the Hoyas led for most of the race, but a talented Navy crew was able to overcome the Hoyas in the final 500 meters and hold on for another 2.4 second victory. GU complete the course in 5:57.8, finishing ahead of Holy Cross by 22 seconds.

Overall, Georgetown took third place in the Oliver T. Carr Bowl standings, finishing in a tie with Drexel with 52 points. The Hoyas trailed only Navy (75) and George Washington (70) while placing ahead of Holy Cross and Virginia.

Joy Cup -- Charles River
Georgetown sent four lightweight varsity 8+ boats up to Boston this weekend where they opened on Saturday with the Joy Cup, competing against Yale and MIT.

The varsity 8+ finished its 2,000-meter race in a time of 6:30, placing second behind Yale. The Hoyas were five seconds ahead of a strong MIT crew, a boat which they lost to by 13 seconds a year ago.

The second varsity 8+ for GU had a similar race as it came in second behind Yale with a time of 6:49. However, like the varsity 8+, Georgetown finished ahead of its MIT counterpart. The Hoyas, who were seven seconds behind the Engineers last year, beat them handily on Saturday by a 16-second margin.

GU's third and four varsity 8+ crews, finishing with times of 6:54 and 7:25, respectively, both lost to Yale in their races

Harvard -- Charles River
On Sunday, the lightweights not only had to compete against a tough Harvard squad, but also battle frigid conditions as the weather was below the freezing line and there was a strong head wind.

The Crimson got off to strong starts in both the varsity and second varsity races, holding off late Georgetown charges. The Hoyas finished with times of 6:48 and 6:49, respectively.

The third varsity 8+ put together arguably its most complete race of the season on Sunday, jumping out to a lead over its Harvard counterpart. However, the Crimson made a strong push over the final 1,000 meters and topped the Hoyas in the closest race of the day, edging the Blue & Gray by an eight-second margin. GU crossed the finish line in a time of 6:53.

Georgetown's fourth varsity 8+ boat completed the course in a time of 7:57, finishing third behind Harvard's fourth and fifth crews.

The Hoyas will again split sites on this upcoming Saturday, April 16 as the heavyweight crews will travel to Princeton, N.J. for a dual meet against Holy Cross, while the lightweight squad will make the short trip to Annapolis, Md. to compete against Navy.

Heavyweight Varsity 8+ lineup:
Coxswain: James Shearman (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron)
8. John Carroll (Bronxville, N.Y./Fordham Prep)
7. Jimmy McDermott (Wayne, Pa./Conestoga)
6. Graham Miller (Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick)
5. Chris Cacace (Yonkers, N.Y./Hackley School)
4. Hayden Pascal (Greenwich, Conn./Taft School)
3. Liam Carty (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Taft School)
2. Sean Barry (Vero Beach, Fla./Saint Edwards)
Bow: Robert Danziger (Lincoln, Mass./Belmont Hill)

Heavyweight Second Varsity 8+ lineup:
Coxswain: Emma Lux (Valencia, Calif./The Taft School)
8. Bram Ouweleen (Evaston, Ill./Evaston Township)
7. Ray Dunn (Harvard, Mass./The Groton School)
6. Vaughan Merrick (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich)
5. Carson Yates (Oklahoma City, Okla./Heritage Hall)
4. Tom Walker (Chestnut Hill, Pa./LaSalle)
3. Nakul Makkad (Fullerton, Calif./Fairmont Prep)
2. Bryan Renslo (Palos Verdes, Calif./Chadwick)
Bow: Mike Lewers (Wayne, Pa./Malvern Prep)

Heavyweight Third Varsity 8+ lineup:
Coxswain: Colette Gilner (Sandy Springs, Md./Stone Ridge)
8. Joshua Gatcke (Jordan Stanton, Ontario/Ridley College/Shawnigan Lake School)
7. Emmett Orts (Philadelphia, Pa./Friends Select)
6. Francesco Ambrosio (Naples, Italy/Liceo Scientifico Sacro Cuore)
5. Sam Thacher
4. Alex Blackwood (Chatham, N.J./Lawrenceville School)
3. Ethan Rosen (North Salem, N.Y./Peddie School)
2. Aiden McAleer (Riverside, Conn./Taft School)
Bow: Matthew Fritschen (Denver, Colo./Denver School of Arts)

Lightweight Varsity 8+ lineup:
Coxswain: Leigh Miron (Chicago, Ill./New Trier)
8. Theodor Wiik (Oslo, Norway/Foss Videregaende Skole)
7. Hector Formoso-Murias (Key Biscayne, Fla./Belen Jesuit Prep)
6. Thomas Brzozowski (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius)
5. Kevin McGowan (Bowie, Md./Gonzaga HS)
4. Luke Prioleau (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto)
3. Paul Wrenn (Jacksonville, Fla./Stanton College Prep)
2. Peter Mangan (Buffalo, N.Y./Canisius HS)
Bow: Artym Hayda (Providence, R.I./The Wheeler School)

Lightweight Second Varsity 8+ lineup:
Coxswain: Robert Papel (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy)
8. Jack Sardinia (Hamburg, N.Y./Canisius HS)
7. Joe Cecil (Alpharetta, Ga./Johns Creek)
6. Kiefer Mueller (Rye, N.Y./Rye)
5. Conor McCarrick (Valhalla, N.Y./Fordham Prep)
4. Diego Blandon
3. Tyler Little (North Wales/LaSalle College HS)
2. William Mangan (Buffalo, N.Y./Canisius HS)
Bow: Jordi Perez (Dallas, Texas/Jesuit Dallas)

Lightweight Third Varsity 8+ lineup:
Coxswain: Alexandra Johnson (Van Nuys, Calif./Los Angeles Baptist)
8. Brendan Fish (New Hope, Pa./Lawrenceville School)
7. Jefferson Xu
6. Chris Graff (El Dorado Hills, Calif./Jesuit)
5. Jack Price (Watchung, N.J./Delbarton)
4. John Matthews (Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional)
3. Thomas Stubna (Chicago, Ill./Lincoln Park)
2. Jake Lockwood
Bow: Matthew Jasko (Rutherford, N.J./Saint Peter's Prep)

Lightweight Fourth Varsity 8+ lineup:
Coxswain: Papel (Saturday) / Miron (Sunday)
8. Nicholas Matz (Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt)
7. Tucker Cowden (Hendersonville, Tenn./Merrol Hyde Magnet School)
6. Mark Stern (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield)
5. Matthew Hilley (Rowlett, Texas/Rowlett)
4. Thomas Kiely (Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township)
3. Deion Payne
2. Matt Giangiordano
Bow: Ben Stern (Wyckoff, N.J./Bergen County Academies)

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