GW Men's Rowing Races Northeastern on First Day of Penn Invite
Colonials Deal With Rough Conditions
March 22, 2013
PHILADELPHIA - The George Washington men's rowing team opened its spring season on Friday in the University of Pennsylvania Invitational on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J.
The Colonials faced perennial power Northeastern in three races, falling to the Huskies in the Varsity 8, JV8 and 3V8.
"Today was an OK start to the season," said head coach Mark Davis. "We realized we were racing one of the fastest teams in the country. We improved since facing them last season but we know there is a lot of speed to be gained moving forward."
Conditions on the Cooper River were not ideal, with a strong cross-tail wind of 15-20 mph with gusty winds and cold temperatures.
The first race of the day was the 3V8. With Northeastern not fielding a Freshman 8 boat, the Colonials' rookies took on the Huskies' third varsity unit. The Huskies finished in 6:01.4, followed by GW's freshman boat in 6:17.7.
"It was a decent showing by the freshmen," said Coach Davis. "It was a solid first race for them and we are happy about that. There is still a lot of room for them to grow and and a lot of work needs to be done to get them to the speed we want out of them."
In the JV8, Northeastern finished in 5:54.8, followed by GW in 6:22.9.
In the Varsity 8, the Colonials finished just eight seconds behind Northeastern. The Huskies crossed the finish line in 5:46.10, ahead of the Colonials in 5:54.80.
"The Varsity 8 showed a nice improvement from last year," said Coach Davis. "We were 17 seconds behind them last season, so we cut that time in half today."
The Colonials will return to action tomorrow facing District rival Georgetown in the morning session and host Penn in the afternoon. The Varsity 8 race between the Colonials and Quakers will serve as the sixth running of the McCausluand Cup. Penn owns a 3-2 advantage in the Cup series.