The GW women's rowing team concluded its fall schedule at Saturday's Head of the Occoquan on the Occoquan River in Woodbridge, Va.
The Colonials entered four boats across two races in Saturday's event with each performing well in their final fall tune-up before moving indoors for the winter months.
GW's Varsity 8 and JV 8 competed in the Collegiate Women's 8+ event, with the Varsity crew taking third place overall out of 34 boats.
The Colonials finished in 17:11.12, trailing only winner Georgetown (17:04.93) and runner-up Navy (17:07.37) while finishing 14 seconds ahead of the fourth-place Navy B boat. The JV 8 took 19th place in 18:54.73.
"It was great to get back on the water after Hurricane Sandy," said Head Coach Eric Carcich. "We finished in a tight pack of high-quality boats in the top end of the Collegiate Eights event. It was a good performance by our Varsity boat, but we have areas to improve upon. Overall, I was happy with our performance."
Both of GW's Freshmen boats finished in the top six of the 26-boat Collegiate Novice 8+ field. The Freshman 8 finished in third place overall out of 26 crews in 18:49.24, followed by the Freshman 2F boat in sixth place (20:09.86).
"I was also very pleased with the freshmen crews," said Coach Carcich. "It was a great opportunity to race as a class one last time before heading inside for the winter. We are looking forward to getting back to work and getting faster these next few months."
The Colonials open the 2013 season at the Murphy Cup Regatta in Philadelphia, Pa., on March 23.
Men's swimming senior Stephan Franke was named GW's Community Service Athlete of the Month for October earlier this week.
The Community Service Athlete of the Month award, a distinction which started this year, goes to the student-athlete who leads by example and who most impacts the GW and Washington community through service.
"Stephan is a leader and he has done a great job of keeping the team involved in service efforts," said head coach Dan Rhinehart. "It is very important to give back, and participating in community service is a big part of what GW Athletics stands for."
A co-captain of the men's swimming team, Franke has led the Colonials' in several community service efforts so far this year and the team now leads the Department of Athletics in per capita community service hours completed.
"The Community Service Athlete of the Month award is an individual honor, but this truly is an award that goes to our entire team," Franke said. "Our team has worked diligently to form a relationship with the Washington, D.C., community and we have had a great time doing so."
Franke has been instrumental in organizing the squad's service projects, which include volunteering at Taste of DC, Walk to Defeat ALS, Trick or Treat for Service, and Students Against Sexual Assault. In addition to his efforts with his teammates, Franke also volunteers as a mentor at Francis Stevens Middle School as part of GW's partnership with College for Every Student.
"As a team our goal is to give back to the local community as much as possible," said Franke. "We have a great group of senior leaders who actively contribute and lead by example, and we are all enjoying the process."
The GW men's and women's rowing
teams were back in action this past weekend at the Princeton Chase on
The men's team had two boats each compete in the Heavyweight 8+, Heavyweight 4+ and the Freshman 8+. Results are listed below. All races were three miles in distance.
Men's Varsity Heavyweight 8+
George Washington A - 13th of 49 -12:57
George Washington B - 30th of 49 -14:08
Men's Varsity Heavyweight 4+
George Washington A - 26th of 47 - 14:45
George Washington B - 42nd of 47 -15:15
Men's Freshman 8+
George Washington A - 10th of 33 - 13:32
George Washington B - 30th of 33 - 15:24
"Solid performance all-around
today," said head coach Mark Davis. "We did much better than we did at this
event last year and we also rowed a lot better than last week in
The Colonials will conclude their fall schedule at the Rutgers Challenge on November 4.
The GW women rowing team was also
in action on
GW's Varsity boat rowed the two-mile course in 14:55, about one minute behind the winning crew from Cornell. The Colonials' second boat finished in 16:27.
"Our Varsity 8 had its best performance of the fall, which I am very happy about," said Head Coach Eric Carcich. "It was good to see some Atlantic 10 crews in the field because it gives us a good sense of where we stand in the conference. The JV boat had a little collision and struggled because of that, but the main goal of the weekend was to get both crews out there and get some work in against some good competition."
The GW women's team will conclude its fall schedule at the Head of the Occoquan on November 3.
The partnership was established in conjunction with the Athletic Department's desire to increase the involvement of student-athletes within the community while facilitating the interaction between student-athletes and the rest of the student body. Ten fraternities and sororities are paired with all 23 of GW's varsity sports and aim to come together for both one-time philanthropic events as well as long-term service projects.
Last year, Greek Life completed 60,000 hours of community service and looks to increase service hours as a result of the new partnership.
"By adding over 450 athletes that are committed to doing service this year, the Center for Student Engagement and GW Athletics believe this partnership will achieve more service hours," said Joey Maman, Greek Life Residence Director. "We're very excited to see the positive outcome of this partnership."
In addition to boosting community involvement, student-athletes hope that the partnership will help build relationships between student-athletes and the rest of the student body.
"One of the big goals with SAAC this year was to work with the Student Association to bridge the gap between student-athletes and non-student-athletes," said SAAC president Alex Dadds, a senior on the men's cross country team. "The Adopt-A-Team program is just one way we are working to bridge that gap. We know that our fans are one of the biggest drivers for our teams' success, so by participating in community service activities with the rest of the student body, student-athletes have the opportunity to be seen as more than just athletes."
The student-athletes look forward to achieving their community service goals hand-in-hand with members of Greek Life throughout the duration of the year.
"We cannot stress how excited we are with our new partnership with Greek Life," said Stephan Franke, a senior swimmer and SAAC general body member. "Through our new partnership, GW Athletics will strengthen both our bond with GW students and our fellow Washingtonians."
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