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Rowing Struggles at Princeton Chase

Oct. 29, 2001

PRINCETON, NJ (Oct. 28, 2001) - The GW men's and women's rowing teams were in Princeton this past weekend to race at the Princeton Chase regatta. The Princeton Chase is rowed on Lake Carnegie and covers a three-mile course. Coming into the regatta, Princeton University was the favorite to win for both the men's and women's eights races, and they did not disappoint. The weather was breezy, but surprisingly warm. Race time temperatures were in the low 60's. Twelve men's and 16 women's colleges came to Princeton to race in the Chase.

Results for GW (top three finishers and times are listed and GW's place/time)

Men's Heavyweight Eight (21 entries)
1. Univ Tech Sydney 12:55.2
2. Princeton 12:59.5
3. Cornell 13:02.2
19. GW 14:36.0
20. GW 14:40.0

Women's Open Four (34 entries) 1. Virginia 16:17.2
2. Columbia 16:43.1
3. Princeton 16:51.66
22. GW 17:53.3

Men's Heavyweight Four (25 entries)
1. Temple 14:34.4
2. Princeton 14:35.2
3. Princeton 14:44.5
16. GW 16:06.1

Men's Pair (8 entries)
1. Princeton 16:14.7
2. Cornell 16:32.4
3. Cornell 16:56.0
8. GW 18:21.9

Women's Open Eight (34 entries)
1. Princeton 14:07.1
2. Yale 14:27.0
3. Radcliffe 14:52.3
26. GW 16:12.5
33. GW 17:07.0

For complete results, check out the official results on the row2k website: http://www.row2k.com/results/resultspage.cfm?UID=418234&cat=2

"It was simply a very bad day for the GW men's and women's crews," GW coach Steve Peterson said. I think everyone was rowing well, we just didn't move the boat and that is the most frustrating part. There isn't anything that is glaring that needs to be fixed, we just didn't race. If you look at the women's eights results-we beat Georgetown last week by five seconds at the Charles-and this week we were almost 20 seconds behind them. We had a great week of practice leading up to this race, I don't know what happened. I think the race results revealed a little of our inexperience. Whatever it was that caused us to underperform, we need to put it behind us and think about our race this coming weekend. This was one race I think the whole team will be happy to forget about."

GW travels to nearby Occoquan Reservoir Nov. 3 for the Head of the Occoquan in Lorton, VA. It marks the final race of the fall for the varsity crews and the first of the season for the novice crews.

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