Men's Rowing Advances to Varsity 4 Semifinals At IRA Championships
June 2, 2011
CHERRY HILL, NJ- The George Washington men's rowing team used a first-place finish in the Varsity 4 repechage on Thursday afternoon to advance to the semifinals of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships on the Cooper River. The Colonials will row against Holy Cross, Brown, Navy, Northeastern and Stanford on Friday morning for the chance to advance to the Grand Finals.
"It was very windy this morning and we were a little excited in the morning heat" said GW head coach Mark Davis. "But we found our rhythm in the afternoon and were able to handle the conditions much better. Hopefully we can continue this momentum tomorrow".
The Colonials Varsity 4, consisting of coxswain Margaret Barone, stroke Trofym Anderson, Colin York (three seat), Craig Helmstetter (two seat) and bow James Stafford opened the championships with a fourth-place finish in the third heat of the Varsity 4. They completed the course in 6:27.57, about nine seconds behind winner Northeastern.
GW needed a top-two finish in the repechage to clinch a spot in the semi-finals. The Colonials responded with a first-place effort in 6:19.09, besting second-place Temple (6:22.85) and the rest of the five-team field.
The Colonials will return to the water at approximately 10:00 am on Friday for a chance to advance to Saturday's grand finale.
Men's Varsity 4 - Heat #3