GW Men's Rowing to Race Brock in Inaugural Potomac Challenge Cup Petite Final Sunday
April 9, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC -- The George Washington men's varsity eight will row against Canada's Brock University Badgers in the petite final of the 24th Annual George Washington Invitational Regatta/Potomac Challenge Cup, Sunday, on the Potomac River.
Oxford defeated Brock in both the men's and women's head-to-head races to advance to the grand final on Sunday against Navy at 11:50 a.m. The Oxford women also defeated their counterparts from Brock to advance to a grand final meeting with Columbia at 11:40 a.m. Brock's women will race Georgetown in the petite final at 11:20 a.m.
The GW women's varsity eight rowed a competitive race with Oxford and MIT before placing third by less than three seconds behind the Engineers who finished the 2,000-meter course in 6:47.1 to edge Oxford by eight-tenths of a second. The Colonials finished less than three seconds behind in 6:49.7.
Racing conditions Saturday were nearly ideal with temperatures in the low 50s. A very light crosswind and tailcurrent made for fast conditions in the afternoon. Five of the six men's varsity eight entries finished in sub-6 minute times after the break while Holy Cross finished in 6:00.4. GW defeated Gonzaga by four seconds in its head-to-head race with the Bulldogs.
Racing resumes at 9 a.m. Sunday with GW taking on Navy in a pair of Women's Varsity Four events.
After Sunday's Potomac Challenge Cup, the next race for the GW men will be Saturday-Sunday, April 16-17, when they travel to the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Championship Regatta in Oak Ridge, TN. Next up for the GW women is the Atlantic 10 Conference Women's Rowing Championships on Saturday, April 16, on the Cooper River in Pennsauken, NJ.