GW Men's Rowing's Freshmen 8 Top Navy in Sunday Races
Colonials Conclude Final Tuneup Ahead of Eastern Sprints
May 4, 2014
Official Results | @GW_MensRowing
WEST WINDSOR, N.J. - The George Washington men's rowing team's Freshmen 8 defeated Navy as the Colonials concluded their regular season with a series of three races against the Midshipmen, Columbia and the Florida Institute of Technology on Sunday afternoon on Lake Mercer.
Conditions featured 18-20 mph tailwind with significant chop and white caps on Lake Mercer.
"There was a really strong tailwind today so the conditions were a little hairy but I thought all the crews across the board did a really good job today," said Head Coach Mark Davis. "We had a really solid day of racing."
The Freshmen 8 navigated the 2,000-meter course in 5:56.20 to earn the victory in a head-to-head duel against Navy (6:04.70).
"Our best race today was by the freshmen," said Coach Davis. "They beat Navy with a very strong performance and we are happy that they earned another win."
GW finished in third place in both the Varsity 8 and the JV8, behind first-place Navy and Columbia but ahead of FIT.
The Varsity 8 led over the first 1,000 meters before being passed by Navy at the halfway point. GW remained in second for much of the race before Columbia passed and narrowly edged the Colonials in the final 10 meters. Navy won in 5:42.30, followed by Columbia in 5:45.20. GW was right behind in 5:46.10 with FIT taking fourth place in 5:46.90.
"The Varsity 8 was really close and featured some great racing," said Coach Davis. "I wanted them to attack the early part of the race and they did that really well but just didn't have enough juice to finish the race off. That will be something that we go back and work on over these next two weeks."
Navy also earned a victory in the JV8, finishing in 5:53.0. Columbia was next across the finish line in 5:57.10, three seconds ahead of GW (6:00.20) followed by FIT (6:13.40).
"Today was the closest that we have been to both Navy and Columbia during my time here and it was nice to see," said Coach Davis. "It was also nice to see the freshmen get a hard-fought win. Now we get ready for exams this week and get some good practice in over the next two weeks to prepare for Eastern Sprints."
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