23rd Annual GW Invitational Regatta Set For April 9-10
April 6, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC -- The 23rd annual George Washington Invitational Regatta will be held this Friday and Saturday, April 9-10, on the Potomac River race course. The event is part of the 2010 National Cherry Blossom Festival, happening from March 27 - April 11. The George Washington University rowing program hosts the Regatta, which is the largest collegiate rowing competition in the Washington metropolitan area.
For the fourth straight year, each team will compete in three dual or trial races--one on Friday afternoon, and two on Saturday. The 2,000-meter, buoyed course begins near the Spout Run area of the Potomac River with the finish line at Washington Harbour in Georgetown. Racing begins at 1:30 p.m. on Friday and resumes at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday. An awards ceremony will follow the competition Saturday at approximately 5:15 p.m. at Washington Harbour near the 3000 block of K St., NW. GW Rowing is headquartered at Thompson Boat Center near the intersection of Rock Creek Parkway and Virginia Avenue, NW.
Admission is free.
Men's and women's crews from 12 universities, including the host Colonials, will compete in the two-day event with more than 300 rowers expected to take part. Men's squads from George Washington, Cornell, Georgetown, Gonzaga, Holy Cross, MIT, U.S. Naval Academy and UC San Diego will compete for the Oliver T. Carr Bowl. Women's teams competing for the Howard W. Wilkins Bowl for the highest women's point total include George Washington, Central Florida, Columbia, Dayton, Georgetown, MIT, U.S. Naval Academy and Saint Joseph's.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival® is Washington DC's and the nation's largest springtime celebration. The 2010 Festival is March 27 - April 11, and features signature events, daily cultural performances, art exhibits, sport competitions and more. The National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the 98th anniversary of the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the citizens of the United States and Japan. For schedules and information visit www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org or call the Festival hotline at (877) 44BLOOM.