GW Men's Rowing Freshmen 8 Beat Navy
Colonials Idle Next Weekend Before Eastern Sprints on May 19
May 5, 2013
PRINCETON, N.J. - The Freshmen 8 won its seventh race in a row in a three-second triumph over Navy as the George Washington men's rowing team concluded its regular season on Sunday against Navy and Columbia on Lake Carnegie.
The Freshmen 8 defeated Navy while the Varsity 8 and JV 8 each recorded third-place finishes against both Navy and Columbia.
Conditions featured a variable to building headwind on good water.
"We had another strong showing by our Freshmen 8," said head coach Mark Davis. "We still have more speed we can gain out of each crew as we look to Eastern Sprints."
The Freshmen 8 finished the 2,000-meter course in 6:11.50, 3.3 seconds ahead of Navy. The Midshipmen finished in 6:14.80.
The Varsity 8 finished third in a highly-competitive race. Columbia won in 5:57.20, followed by Navy (6:01.90) and GW (6:09.20).
"The V8 had a really strong first half of the race," said Coach Davis. "We were a bit ahead of Columbia and looking good, but were not able to maintain the speed in the second half."
Columbia won the JV 8 in 6:08.10, with Navy taking second in 6:11.30 with GW (6:49.60) finishing in third.
"Overall it was a good day of racing," said Coach Davis. "Now we turn our attention to exams and then back to practice before Eastern Sprints."
GW is idle next weekend for final exams before rowing in the Eastern Sprints on May 19 in Worcester, Mass.