Nov. 4, 2006
Washington, DC - The George Washington Freshman Men's Rowing Team continued its early success on Saturday with a narrow victory over novice heavyweight teams from Georgetown University and the University of Virginia, as well as Georgetown's lightweight novice squad, in a 2.8-mile race on the Potomac River.
With the four squads each racing two even eights, the Colonials finished with a total time of 29:39.6, just over three seconds ahead of Georgetown's heavyweights (29:49.2). Georgetown's lightweights and Virginia followed closely with combined times of 30:07.9 and 30:24.0, respectively.
Racing conditions were excellent, with a slight chop, light tailwind, and temperatures in the mid-40s.
GW Freshman Men's Coach Dave Weiss was pleased overall with the team's performance: "Any victory against fast, well-coached competition is a good one, and today's was certainly no exception. We don't have superstars on the freshman squad, but we do have a bunch of aggressive, determined athletes who generally embrace hard work because they understand and crave the rewards that lie on the other end. That said, how our guys raced today - aggressively but with some mishaps, particularly in the "B" boat - reflects not only these positive qualities, but also some inconsistency in the intensity of their preparation. Perhaps the greatest challenge facing this team is recognizing that they do have the potential to match speed with many of the better teams in the country, but that they must convert that realization into a more consistent, if not even more intense, work ethic. Our guys will continually need to demand from themselves a tremendous amount to get to where they can and should be this year, but I have little doubt that they'll do just that."
The Colonial freshman men will see many of the top teams in the country and wrap up their fall racing season next Sunday, November 12, when they compete at the Belly of the Carnegie in Princeton, New Jersey.