The Colonials entered boats in the Championship Fours and Championship Eights events on a choppy Sunday afternoon on the Charles River.
In the premier contest of the two-day event, the Colonials suffered a setback on the final third of the race that resulted in a last-place finish out of 32 crews.
"We had to stop to avoid running into the Elliot Street bridge after we were pushed wide when yielding to the United States National Team," said Head Coach Mark Davis. "As we started back up again, MIT ran into us and we were penalized. The first two-thirds of the race were really good and the guys were excited about that."
The crew was comprised of coxswain Connor Barley, bow Jordan Tewskbury-Volpe, Robert Feeney, Scott Yanoff, Jonathan Ghaul, Dan Henry, Kasey Colander, James Stafford and stroke Trofym Anderson.
The Netherlands won the Championship Eights with US Rowing taking second place in a strong field that included national teams from France and Australia and a number of strong collegiate programs.
In the Championship Fours the Colonials finished in 18th place out of 20 crews after finishing the three-mile course in 18:36. The Colonials were the 11th collegiate crew across the finish line, finishing just one second behind UC San Diego.
The crew consisted of coxswain Lauren Krinker, bow Matt Palmer, Keenan Freyberg, Pat Lacey and stroke Matt Coughlin.
"That was a decent race by the four," said Coach Davis. "They were excited by the opportunity and performed well on such a big stage. Now we turn the page and get ready for next weekend when we race at Princeton."
GW travels to Princeton, N.J., next weekend to compete in the Princeton Chase on Lake Carnegie.