Women's Rowing

Women's Rowing Finishes Fifth at Patriot League Championships

May 17, 2016

WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's rowing team traveled north to Worcester, Mass., this past Friday to compete in the Patriot League Championships on Lake Quinsigamond. The Hoyas qualified for the grand final in all three events, finishing fifth overall for the third-consecutive season.

GU finished with 33 total points, just two points behind fourth-place MIT (35). Navy won the title for the second-straight year, totaling 49 points to edge out Boston University by a point. Bucknell placed third with 44 points. Holy Cross (23), Colgate (17), Lehigh (13) and Loyola Maryland (5) rounded out the rest of the standings.

In the morning heats, the Hoyas needed to finish in the top three to advance to the afternoon's grand final. GU's varsity 8+ crossed the finish line in 7:04.590, finishing in third place to advance. The Blue & Gray was 19 seconds ahead of Colgate for the final spot in the grand final. The heat was tight at the top, as Georgetown was less than four seconds behind Navy for second place and less than six seconds behind first-place Bucknell.

Racing in a building headwind in the grand final, the sixth-seeded Hoyas improved a spot to place in fifth, completing the 2,000-meter course in 7:26.878. Navy and Boston University surged over the final 1,000 meters to pull away. GU was in a dog fight with MIT and Bucknell, finishing just six seconds out of third place.

The second varsity 8+ boat, which was racing for the first time with a new lineup, took third in its morning heat, finishing in 7:26.844, posting the fifth-fastest time overall and beating out Lehigh in the second heat by 24 seconds for the final spot in the grand final.

In the grand final, the Hoyas moved up a spot to finish fourth with a time of 7:39.309, defeating MIT by a four-second margin.

There were no morning heats for the varsity 4+ as there was just a seven-crew grand final. The Blue & Gray put together a strong first 1,000 meters and finished in fourth place, three spots higher than last year, crossing the finish line in 8:58.232. The Hoyas were 13 seconds ahead of the next closest boat from Holy Cross.

Georgetown will wrap up the season when it sends two boats - the lightweight varsity 8+ and varsity 4+ - to the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships, June 3-5, on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J.

Lineups
Varsity 8+
Coxswain: Coxswain: Sabrina Gosman (Newton, Mass./Winsor School)
8. Sarah Varney (Hingham, Mass./Notre Dame Academy)
7. Christina Johnson (Redding, Conn./Joel Barlow)
6. Savannah Kochinke (San Francisco, Calif./The Lawrenceville School [N.J.])
5. Cate O'Leary (St. Paul, Minn.)
4. Margaret Dunne (Larchmont, N.Y./Convent of the Sacred Heart)
3. Monica Firmani (Seattle, Wash./Seattle Prep)
2. Emily Buongiorno (Newton Square, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy)
1. Natalie Clark (Wilton, Conn./Wilton)

Second Varsity 8+
Coxswain: Morgan Zeiss (Washington, D.C./Georgetown Visitation)
8. Madeleine Vagadori (San Mateo, Calif.)
7. Jocelyn Hlawaty (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge)
6. Abigail Reinhold (Reston, Va./South Lakes)
5. Anne Stoessel (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna)
4. Kayla Giger (Lebanon, Ind./Brebeuf Jesuit Prep)
3. Emily Phelps (Lincolnshire, Ill./Loyola Academy)
2. Sophie Kershaw (Sacramento, Calif./St. Francis)
1. Lily Tyndall (Harrisburg, N.C./Hickory Ridge)

Varsity 4+
4. Victoria Carroll (Cranbury, N.J./Princeton HS)
3. Sabine Neshcke (Harvard, Mass./Kent)
2. Emma Thompson (Claremont, Calif./St. Lucy's Priory)
1. Isabelle Hupez (Washington, D.C.)
Coxswain: Brittany Rios (Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.)

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