GW Men's Rowing Season Outlook
Colonials Open 2014 Spring Season at Pennsylvania Invitational
March 27, 2014
The George Washington men's rowing team continued its steady climb in 2013, qualifying for the IRA National Championships where the Varsity 8 equaled its greatest showing in program history with a 15th place finish. The program as a whole finished 14th overall at the IRA National Championships and ultimately earned a second-place finish in the IRA Clayton W. Chapman Award Standings, which is awarded to the most improved team in the nation.
GW's freshman eight finished the 2013 season as the 10th-ranked freshman boat in the country while the Varsity 8 finished at No. 15. Both results bode well as the 2014 season begins this weekend at the Pennsylvania Invitational in Philadelphia.
After a long winter of ergometer work and lifting weights, plus a successful winter training trip in Tampa, Fla., head coach Mark Davis feels confident that GW can carry the momentum into the new season.
"In some ways, because the weather has been so cold, it is hard for the team to believe that racing has arrived," said head coach Mark Davis. "But at the same time they are so excited for it to be here, to finally be on the water consistently and to finally line up against another crew. They haven't competed in such a long time so I know they are nervous but also very excited to start racing this weekend."
"I am really happy with the training that we did this winter," said Coach Davis. "Our scores on the ergometer have been strong and a little bit faster than what they were last year at this time. Mentally, they seem to be in a pretty good place as well. It is good to see them taking a good approach towards the season."
The Colonials will travel to the west coast for the San Diego Crew Classic (April 5-6) before returning home for the 26th installment of the George Washington Invitational on the Potomac River (April 11-12).
"It has gotten to a point now that we as coaches feel like we have this event dialed in really well," said Coach Davis. "We are excited about it once again. We have some great crews coming in again this year. We feel we had a great event last year both on and off the water with our various alumni events so we are looking forward to doing it again this year."
After the GW Invite, the Colonials return to the annual Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Championships on Lake Mellon in Oak Ridge, Tenn. GW continued its strong run at the SIRA Championships in 2013, sending two boats to the Grand Finals with the Freshmen 8 earning a gold medal by open water.
GW continues its spring schedule with a day of racing against Rutgers and Georgetown in Princeton, N.J., on April 26 before concluding the regular season against Navy and Columbia the following weekend, May 4.
GW returns to its conference championship, the Eastern Sprints on May 18 in Worcester, Mass.