18th Annual GW Invitational Crew Classic Set For Saturday, April 9
George Washington Invitational Crew Classic 2005 Schedule
April 8, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC -- The 18th annual George Washington Invitational Crew Classic will be held on Saturday, April 9, on the Potomac River race course. The event is part of the 2005 National Cherry Blossom Festival, happening from March 26 to April 10. The George Washington University rowing program hosts the event, which is the largest collegiate rowing competition in the Washington metropolitan area.
Preliminary heats begin at 9:40 a.m. followed by the finals scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. The 2,000-meter, four-lane buoyed course begins near the Spout Run area of the Potomac River with the finish line at Washington Harbour in Georgetown. An awards ceremony will follow the competition at approximately 4:30 p.m. at Washington Harbour. GW Rowing is headquartered at Thompson Boat Center near the intersection of Rock Creek Parkway and Virginia Avenue, NW.
Men's and women's crews from several universities, including the host Colonials, will compete in the day-long event with more than 400 rowers expected to take part. Men's and women's squads from George Washington, Georgetown and Virginia will compete for the Gilbert H. Hood, Jr. Point Trophy. Also competing will be men's crews from Marietta, North Carolina, Saint Joseph's, Temple and the U.S. Naval Academy along with women's crews from George Mason, Princeton, Villanova and West Virginia.
Men's and women's categories this year include: varsity eights, second varsity eights, varsity fours, novice eights and second novice eights.
Last year, Navy won the Gilbert H. Hood, Jr. Point trophy for the third straight year with 65 points followed by Saint Joseph's (45) and Georgetown with 36. Tennessee won the women's varsity eight while Navy won the men's varsity eight.
Admission is free.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival® is an annual two-week, city-wide event featuring daily international cultural performances, sporting events, arts & crafts demonstrations and other special events. The 2005 festival will be held March 26-April 10 and is highlighted by the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® and the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival on Saturday, April 9. The National Cherry Blossom Festival® celebrates the 93rd Anniversary of the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the citizens of the United States and Japan. Visit the website at www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.