GW Men's Rowing in First Place After Day 1 of GW Invite
Colonials Sweep Four Races Over Virginia
April 11, 2014
WASHINGTON - The George Washington men's rowing team swept four races over the University of Virginia and totaled 39 points for sole possession of first place in the Oliver T. Carr Bowl standings after the first day of the George Washington Invitational on the Potomac River on Friday afternoon.
Conditions were fair with a slight head wind on the Potomac River for the opening day of the event's 26th installment. A total of 21 races were contested on Friday afternoon.
The Colonials' Second Freshmen 8 hit the water first and registered an open-water victory over Virginia, crossing the finish line in 6:20.80, a full 22 seconds ahead of the Cavaliers.
The Freshmen 8 opened the scoring for the Colonials, earning 12 points toward the Carr Bowl standings with another open-water victory over Virginia. GW's top freshmen navigated the 2,000-meter course in 6:08.80, followed by Virginia in 6:26.06.
The JV8 continued the momentum and held off a late Virginia rally over the final 500 meters to earn a win by a six-second margin. GW finished in 6:00.10 followed by Virginia in 6:06.19.
The Varsity 8 was last on the water and, after a slow start, outlasted the Cavaliers in a tightly contested race over the final 1,000 meters. GW crossed the finish line in 5:51.60 with Virginia following in 5:54.44.
At the time, the Varsity 8's time marked the fastest of the afternoon and ultimately was the third fastest on the day after wind conditions intensified in the later portion of the session.
GW sits in first place in the Oliver T. Carr Bowl standings with 39 points. Navy and Holy Cross are tied for second place with 27 points followed by Georgetown (12), UC San Diego (12) and Virginia (0).
The Colonials open Day 2 of the event with three races against Holy Cross beginning at 9:50 a.m. on Saturday. GW will then face UCSD in the afternoon session beginning at 2:50 p.m.