22nd Annual GW Invitational Regatta Set For April 10-11
April 9, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC -- The 22nd annual George Washington Invitational Regatta will be held Friday-Saturday, April 10-11, on the Potomac River race course. The event is part of the 2009 National Cherry Blossom Festival, happening from March 28 to April 12. The George Washington University rowing program hosts the event, which is the largest collegiate rowing competition in the Washington metropolitan area.
For the third 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. 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 10 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 and the U.S. Naval Academy 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, California, Colgate, Columbia, Georgetown, U.S. Naval Academy, MIT and Saint Joseph's.
Collegiate men's and women's events this year will include: Varsity Eights, 2nd Varsity Eights, Varsity Fours, Freshman Eights, 2nd Freshman Eights and Freshman Fours.
Last year, Navy scored 174 points to win the Gilbert H. Hood, Jr. Point Trophy at the 21st George Washington Invitational Regatta Saturday on the Potomac River. It marked the 10th time the Midshipmen have won the point trophy. They easily outscored runner-up Syracuse (114 pts.). Iowa won the Howard W. Wilkins Bowl for the highest women's point total (108) while Syracuse took home the Oliver T. Carr Bowl for scoring the highest men's point total with 108 points.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival® is an annual two-week, citywide event featuring daily cultural performances, arts & crafts exhibits / demonstrations, sporting events, international cuisine and other special events. The 2009 Festival will be held March 28 - April 12 with the Parade on April 4. The National Cherry Blossom Festival® celebrates the 97th anniversary of the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the citizens of the United States and Japan. Visit www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.