March 23, 2018
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University's men's rowing team returns to the water this weekend, opening its spring schedule against some of the top programs in the country. The heavyweight squad travels north to face a trio of ranked teams while the lightweight crew hosts a pair of top-10 teams on back-to-back days.
Georgetown opens the spring racing season at Princeton, taking on three ranked teams in the USRowing Collegiate Coaches' Poll on Saturday. The Hoyas will face the fifth-ranked host Tigers, as well as No. 15 George Washington and No. 17 Drexel. Georgetown's head-to-head race with GW will be for the annual George's Cup.
"This is normally the date of our final scrimmage against Princeton," Head Coach Luke Agnini said. "This year we're adding GW and Drexel to the mix as well, which will give it a different element to the race and make it more interesting. It's rare that you get four different colleges, four across, to work on smaller pieces."
Coxswain: William Rau, Stroke: Liam Carty, 7: Clemente Borgogni, 6: Douglas Dreyer, 5: Sean Barry, 4: Ian Estevao, 3: Emmett Orts, 2: Luke Nassif, 1: Vincent Zhu
2nd Varsity 8+
Coxswain: Persis Moore, Stroke: Robert Warming, 7: Blake Sassaman, 6: Alex Blackwood, 5: Zach Lee, 4: Joe O'Brien, 3: Gavin Lafferty, 2: Henry Reinstein, 1: Matthew Fritschen
The Hoyas welcome a pair of top-10 teams to the Nation's Capital for racing on back-to-back days. Georgetown, ranked No. 10 in the USRowing Collegiate Coaches' Poll, hosts third-ranked Princeton for an evening race on the Potomac River on Saturday at 5 p.m. before taking on sixth-ranked Delaware on Sunday morning.
"We're extremely excited about our races this weekend," said lightweight varsity coach Lee Rumpf. "The first poll came out, and had us lower than both Princeton and Delaware who we are racing this weekend. From a ranking standpoint, that gives the guys a little more fuel heading into the weekend."
"We're in a good situation for the weekend," Rumpf continued. "Even with the bad weather, the boats have come together well and are racing faster than they were after the scrimmage at Virginia."
Coxswain: Ryan Zuccala, 8: Hector Formoso-Murias, 7: Olivier Malle, 6: Tommy Ruggles, 5: Joe Cecil, 4: Kiefer Mueller, 3: Jonah Conlin, 2: Liam Lafferty, 1: Artym Hayda
2nd Varsity 8+
Coxswain: Hannah Elwell, 8: Tyler Little, 7: Deion Payne, 6: Jonathan Menendez, 5: Cass Boehm, 4: Declan Mirabella, 3: Reid Noch, 2: William Mangan, 1: Peter Digiovanni
3rd Varsity 8+
Coxswain: Shanlyn Tse, 8: Thomas Dameris, 7: Thomas Kiely, 6: Jordi Perez, 5: John Matthews, 4: Matthew Jasko, 3: Peter Phelan, 2: Thomas Stubna, 1: Grant Draper
Following the weekend's action, Georgetown will take next weekend off for the Easter holiday before returning to the water in early April. The heavyweights will remain in the District to compete in the GW Invite on April 6-7 while the lightweights with head to Cambridge, Massachusetts for races against Yale and MIT on Saturday, April 7 and against Harvard and Columbia on Sunday, April 8.