Gusting Winds Force Cancellation of Men's Rowing vs. Saint Joseph's
April 6, 2009
PHILADELPHIA, PA - The George Washington Men's Rowing Team arrived in Philadelphia this past Saturday morning for their scheduled 2000m race with Saint Joseph's University. However, the Colonials were greeted with 25mph winds, gusting to over 40mph, making the conditions on the race course unsafe for rowing and forcing a cancellation of the race. "The primary concern for any rowing coach is his team's safety," said GW head coach Greg Myhr. "Secondarily, you want to make sure conditions are fair for all teams competing."
Salvaging some value from the trip, the two teams made their way to more protected water for a series of shorter races, ranging roughly from 750 to 1200 meters, as conditions allowed. "This race became more of a practice or scrimmage type workout, but we didn't see any other viable options. In the end, this was enormously helpful for our team. Conditions were pretty awful, but both teams accepted that and raced very hard. St. Joe's always comes out swinging and will fight hard to the end, no matter what - our men really had to push and work very hard to get the lead," said Myhr.
The Colonials will need all the experience they can get as they prepare to take on league rivals Cornell, Holy Cross, and Navy in a two-day series of dual racing at this weekend's 22nd George Washington Invitational Regatta (April 10 and 11) on the Potomac River in Washington, DC.