April 4, 2016
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's lightweight rowing team welcomed the University of Delaware to the Potomac River on Saturday, competing in four 2,000-meter races between four different varsity 8 lineups. Despite cold temperatures on Saturday morning, racing conditions were close to ideal as there was a light drizzle and a small tail wind.
While the Hoyas dropped each race, it was an exciting day of racing with three of the four races being decided by less than three seconds. All four of GU's boats closed the gap from the last meeting against the Blue Hens.
"This was incredibly close racing," Georgetown Lightweight Coach Giuseppe Lanzone said. "The races with Delaware were very strong through 1,500 meters, and the first half of the races highlighted that Georgetown lightweights have the ability to get out early and take a lead. But this is a relatively young crew, with a lot to still learn about holding a lead, and putting our competition away early. We weren't able to do that against Delaware, but we will make some adjustments over the next couple of weeks to get ourselves stronger at closing out races the right way."
GU's top varsity 8 crew crossed the finish line in 5:40.9, finishing just 2.6 seconds behind Delaware. Not only did the Hoyas cut 35 seconds off of its time from last weekend, but also closed their gap with the Blue Hens by seven seconds.
Georgetown's second varsity 8 saw the biggest improvement from its last race against Delaware. While the Blue & Gray completed the course in 5:46.2 on Saturday, the Hoyas were just 1.7 seconds behind their opponents, cutting the margin by more than 17 seconds. GU was also 33 seconds faster than its time from last week's race.
The third varsity 8 crew for the Blue & Gray had the tightest race on Saturday, finishing just 0.9 seconds behind the boat from Delaware with a time of 5:56.9. GU, which was seven seconds behind the Blue Hens last time, shaved 32 seconds off of its time from last weekend.
In each of the first three races, Georgetown was able to jump out to an early lead against its respective Delaware counterparts. However, the Hoyas were unable to maintain the lead and the Blue Hens eventually moved ahead for good in the second half of the race.
GU's fourth varsity 8 finished in 6:13.4 and crossed the finish line 11 seconds behind Delaware while improving its time from last week by a 39-second margin.
The Georgetown men's rowing teams will be back in action next weekend, as the heavyweight and lightweight squads will both be in action. The GU heavyweights will compete on Friday and Saturday, April 8-9, at the GW Invite on the Potomac River. The lightweight crews will travel to Boston where they will take on Yale and MIT on Saturday and Harvard on Sunday.
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)
Jack Sardinia (Hamburg, N.Y./Canisius HS)
Joe Cecil (Alpharetta, Ga./Johns Creek)
Conor McCarrick (Valhalla, N.Y./Fordham Prep)
John Matthews (Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional)
Tyler Little (North Wales/LaSalle College HS)
William Mangan (Buffalo, N.Y./Canisius HS)
Jordi Perez (Dallas, Texas/Jesuit Dallas)
Third Varsity 8 lineup:
Coxswain: Alexandra Johnson (Van Nuys, Calif./Los Angeles Baptist)
Brendan Fish (New Hope, Pa./Lawrenceville School)
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) J ake Lockwood
Matthew Jasko (Rutherford, N.J./Saint Peter's Prep)
Fourth Varsity 8 lineup:
Coxswain: Jen Yang-Wong
Nicholas Matz (Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt)
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)