July 7, 2017
WASHINGTON - Three members of the Georgetown University men's rowing team competed at the U23 World Championship Trials on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J., last week. Recent graduate Kevin McGowan (C'17) and rising junior Hector Formoso-Murias (Key Biscayne, Fla./Belen Jesuit Prep) represented the lightweight squad while fellow rising junior Emmett Orts (Philadelphia, Pa./Friends Select) rowed from the heavyweight crew as well.
McGowan and Formoso-Murias both excelled in the four-day event, each making the finals in their respective events. Teaming with former high school classmate Mark Roberts from Penn, the duo finished second overall by just 2.4 seconds in the Lightweight 2x Finals with a time of 6.54.04. The pair opened competition with a second-place showing in Monday's time trials in 6:30.00, and followed that by winning their Tuesday heat with a time of 7:00.77 to advance to the finals on Friday.
"I couldn't be more proud of the work Kevin has done for the team as captain this year," Georgetown Lightweight Varsity Coach Lee Rumpf said. "He also hit a lot of personal goals and the pair was a logical way for him to conclude his young rowing career. He teamed up with his old high school classmate Mark Roberts and they went to work. We always knew they had a great sprint so we concentrated on blending the two strokes and getting them to be in a position to win. Unfortunately, they had a rough start and came up just 2.4 seconds shy."
Formoso-Murias took a slightly longer route to the finals in the Lightweight 1x event. Posting the best time at Monday's time trials in 6:49.05, he followed with a third-place finish in his Tuesday heat at 7:19.99 to advance to Wednesdays repechage, a race he would win in 7:11.39 to earn a spot in the Friday's finals. Closing out the week, Formoso-Murias rowed a 7:22.62 to finish third overall.
"Hector, the stroke of our 8+ this year and the 2015 U23 American lightweight sculler, competed to regain his title of best under-23 lightweight in the country," Rumpf said. "He led the race through 1,500 meters but was caught towards the end and finished third. I know this will only fuel him for the rest of the summer to be more fit coming into this next year at Georgetown."
The lone heavyweight competing for the Hoyas, Orts partnered with fellow Philadelphian Anthony Williams III from Drexel in the Men's 2x Final on Thursday. Orts and Williams placed fourth overall in the event, posting a time of 7:06.24.