GW Men's Rowing Competes at Eastern Sprints
Varsity 8 and JV8 Finish Top-Two in Third-Level Finals
May 18, 2014
WORCESTER, Mass. - The George Washington men's rowing team each finished top-two in a pair of Third-Level Finals appearances and the Freshmen 8 advanced to the Grand Finals at the 69th Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges (EARC) Sprints on Sunday on Lake Quinsigamond.
The Varsity 8 placed fifth in its morning heat before sweeping the field for first place in the Third Level Final. GW finished the 2,000-meter course in 5:41.7 with Syracuse following a half-length behind in 5:43.8. Holy Cross finished in third place in 5:46.1, narrowly ahead of Georgetown (5:46.5), MIT (5:53.0) and Rutgers (6:00.6).
The Colonials' JV8 finished in second place in their appearance in the Third Level Final. After finishing in fifth place in its morning heat, the JV8 took second place in the afternoon, finishing in 5:55.2, five seconds behind first-place Penn (5:50.5). Holy Cross finished in third in 6:00:2, followed by Georgetown (6:02.7), MIT (6:09.21) and Rutgers.
The Freshmen 8 used a third-place finish in their morning heat before finishing in fifth place in a very competitive Grand Final. The top three of first-place Brown (5:38.1), Harvard (5:38.7) and Cornell (5:41.9) all finished within two seconds of each other. Wisconsin came in fourth place in 5:44.0 while GW followed in 5:48.9, ahead of Georgetown (5:54.1).
The Colonials now await qualifying bids to the upcoming Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships, May 30-June 1 in Mercer County Park, New Jersey.