The George Washington men's rowing team opened its fall
racing schedule on Sunday at the Occoquan Chase in
GW raced a total of five boats on the afternoon and found success in each event they entered. The Colonials tallied two victories, two second-place finishes and a third-place showing.
In the Men's Open 8+ event, the Colonials entered two boats and finished in second- and third-place out of 13 crews, respectively. The Florida Institute of Technology won the event in 15:34.42 and was followed by GW's Varsity 8, which finished in 16:03.99. The Colonials second boat came in third place in 16:28.43.
Both of GW's freshman boats, the Freshman 8 and the Freshman 4, won their respective events in dominating fashion.
The Freshman 8 topped seven crews for a first-place finish in 16:52.10, nearly three minutes ahead of second-place George Mason. The Freshman 4 took first-place out of four boats in 18:12.08, almost three minutes ahead of George Mason, American and Old Dominion.
GW also raced a Varsity 4, consisting of all seniors, in the Open Men's 4+ event. The Colonials seniors finished in second place in 18:01.45, just 14 seconds behind an alumni boat from George Mason.
"Overall, it was a solid day of racing but I think our
Varsity 8 raced a little flat as they had some steering issues," said Head
Coach Mark Davis. "We are going to get back to practice this week and work hard
and get ready for Sunday's Head of the Charles up in