@GW_MensRowing Totals 23 Points on Day 1 of GW Rowing Invitational
Colonials Win Two-of-Three Races Over Virginia, Varsity 8 Posts Friday's Top Time
April 12, 2013
WASHINGTON - The George Washington men's rowing team won two races and totaled 23 points on the first day of the 25th anniversary GW Rowing Invitational on Friday afternoon on the Potomac River.
The Colonials currently sit in second place in the Oliver T. Carr Bowl standings with 23 points, 13 behind leader Navy (36). Holy Cross is in third with 15 points, followed by Virginia (12), Florida Tech (12) and Georgetown (0).
GW tallied victories in the Freshmen 8 and Varsity 8 races over Virginia, with the Cavaliers avoiding a sweep with a win in the JV8.
In the Freshmen 8, the Colonials navigated the 2,000-meter course in 5:59.90, ahead of Virginia's 6:02.70.
Virginia rebounded in the JV8 with a victory, crossing the finish line in 6:02.20, six seconds ahead of the Colonials (6:08.20).
In the Varsity 8, the Colonials and Cavaliers engaged in one of the closest races of the day. The teams rowed stroke-for-stroke for majority of the 2,000-meter course, but it was the Colonials earning a narrow victory at the finish line by 1.4 seconds. GW finished in 5:47.10, the fastest time out of 17 races on the afternoon. Virginia followed in 5:48.50.
Racing resumes Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. on the Potomac River. The Colonials will face Florida Tech in the morning session (JV8 at 10:40 a.m., V8 at 10:50 a.m.) and Holy Cross in the afternoon starting at 2:40 p.m.
GW Rowing and GWsports.com are partnering with USRowing for the third consecutive year in providing multiple camera angles and audio commentary for enhanced full-race coverage at the venue and via live video streaming on RaiseHigh.tv, the subscription-based multimedia video platform for GWsports.com. Saturday coverage will resume at 8:00 a.m. on RaiseHigh.tv.