GW Men's Rowing Freshmen 8 Captures Gold at SIRA Championships
Colonials Freshmen Boats Wins Gold for Second Straight Year
April 21, 2013
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - The George Washington men's rowing team won a gold medal in the Freshmen 8 Grand Final for the second year in a row on Sunday at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Championships on Lake Mellon.
The Colonials won the Grand Final by open water, finishing the 2,000-meter course in 6:07.50, about three seconds ahead of Virginia (6:10.40). Purdue came in third in 6:18.50, followed by Delaware (6:23.00), Jacksonville (6:24.10) and Washington (6:34.90).
"The F8 did a great job and won their event by open water," said Head Coach Mark Davis. "It was nice solid racing from them all weekend. They were very composed and very strong. It was the second year in a row that we won that event so big credit to assistant coach Tom Guncik and his efforts working with the freshmen."
GW's Varsity 8 finished in third-place in the Grand Final. The Colonials won both their heat and semifinal races on Saturday but could not complete the sweep on Sunday. Florida Tech won the event in 5:47.60, followed by Virginia (5:49.50), GW (5:54.20), Temple (5:59.40), Jacksonville (6:01.40) and North Carolina (6:01.70).
It was a little disappointing final for the Varsity boat," explained Coach Davis. "They won the heat and the semifinals yesterday and we were feeling confident but didn't perform well in the final. They were right there with 1,000 meters left but didn't have a strong second half of the race. They know they will get faster and we will be ready for Rutgers and Georgetown."
The JV8 participated in the B Final and finished in first-place after failing to qualify for the Grand Finals on Saturday.
"They (the JV8) underperformed this weekend," said Coach Davis. "There is a lot of talent in that boat but they haven't reached their potential yet."
GW returns to action on Sunday on the Potomac River when it races Georgetown and Rutgers.