Men's Rowing Turns in Historic Showing at Eastern Sprints
All three entries outperform seeding en route to best team finish in program history
WORCESTER, Mass. - The George Washington men's rowing team had all three boats outperform seeding with a trio of Petite Finals appearances at the Eastern Sprints on Sunday on Lake Quinsigamond.
The Colonials finished in 11th place in the Rowe Cup Standings. The effort is GW's finest team performance at the Eastern Sprints since joining the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges (EARC) in 2007.
All three boats advanced out of the morning heats into the Petite Finals. In the Varsity 8 the Colonials finished 11th. The 2nd Varsity finished in seventh place, the highest 2V8 ranking in GW's Sprints history. The 3rd Varsity 8 finished 12th.
"It was a really solid day of racing for the team in some really bad conditions," said head coach Mark Davis. "Extreme conditions in the morning had a really strong tailwind along with rain and cold temperatures. None of our boats were able to race that well in the heats. They each had issues. We had an oar lock pop open and we caught a couple of crabs. It was nice to fight through that and have all three boats into the Petite Finals."
Heat: 4th of 6 (5:41.32)
Petite Final: 5th of 6 (5:42.23)
Final Place: 11th
Coach Davis on the V8: "The Varsity 8 had a solid final. You can always race a little bit better but they had a time that was close to the margins of the crews in front of them. It was a good row in the finals."
2nd Varsity 8
Heat: 4th of 6 (5:52.19)
Petite Final: 1st of 6 (5:42.98)
Final Place: 7th
Coach Davis on the 2V8: "The 2V8 had our strongest performance of the day. They rowed a really great final. It was nice to see from that group. They rowed a long and composed race with really powerful rowing."
3rd Varsity 8
Heat: 4th of 5 (5:52.24)
Petite Final: 6th of 6 (5:56.46)
Final Place: 12th
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