Men’s Rowing Wraps Up Fall Schedule
Colonials prepare for competitive spring season
Coming off of a season that saw the GW men’s rowing team finish with a final national ranking of No. 15, the Colonials will look to continue their upward trajectory into the national and international spotlight in the 2018 spring season.
At the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships last season, the Varsity 8 won the Third-Level Final to tie the best finish in program history at No. 14 in the nation. The Colonials also saw success in their 2nd Varsity 8, which notched a program-best national ranking of 12th in the competitive Petite Final, and their 3rd Varsity 8, which finished in third place in the Third-Level Final to clinch the Colonials’ No. 15 national ranking.
This season, GW will be relying on 14 new freshmen to fill the void of the 12 graduated seniors.
After competing in two races this fall, head coach Mark Davis recaps the team’s success as they prepare for the competitive spring season.
“With 12 seniors graduating in the spring of 2017 and 14 new freshmen added to the roster there are a lot of new faces on the GW Men’s Rowing team this season,” said head coach Mark Davis. “This change in the roster has allowed for people to step up into leadership roles and spots in the top boats. It has been exciting to watch people fill those roles and take on new responsibility. Maddux Castle, our senior captain, has charged into the leadership role and is doing a fantastic job guiding a young squad. On the water, the tone is being set by junior Bob Hobert, a member of the U.S. Under-23 National Team this past summer, and Benjamin Delaney, fresh off his performance at the World Rowing Championships stroking the U.S. straight four. The team leader in spirit and energy this fall has been sophomore John Knies. His hunger to improve and get better on a daily basis is contagious.”
The Colonials opened their fall season at the 53rd Annual Head of the Charles Regatta on the Charles River in Boston, Massachusetts. The team entered two fours, the Club four and Championship four, into the historic event.
Starting near the back of the pack as bow number 37 out of 52 crews, the Club four of Petter Andreasen, Colin Burns, Josh Nothnagel, Matt Kerwin, and coxswain Berkeley Melvin passed 12 crews on the three mile course to finish in sixth place, guaranteeing the Colonials a spot for next year.
In the Championship four, the crew of John Knies, Bob Hobert, John Alvarino, Benjamin Delaney, and coxswain Jess Hagler faced stiff competition from several U.S. National team boats. Starting with bow number five, the crew passed the Princeton boat that started right in front of them to finish in fifth place, just one-half second out of fourth. The fifth-place finish ties the best performance by GW in this event.
The Colonials concluded their face season at the Princeton Chase, where they raced three eights in the open eight event, a varsity eight, and two even crews.
The team will now turn back to the water to continue to work towards better results in the spring season.
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