Colonials prepare for competitive spring season
Varsity 8 Wins Gold, JV8 Wins Silver Against Top Competition
Next Up: 25th Annual George Washington Invitational, April 12-13
Colonials Take Second in JV8
Colonials Row Against Penn, Atlantic 10 Rival Saint Joseph's to Begin Season
2013 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year
Eric Carcich enters his ninth season as head coach of the women's rowing team at George Washington University in 2017-18.
Carcich led the Colonials to a program first during the 2017 season as all four entires earned a spot on the medal stand at the 2017 Atlantic 10 Championship. GW rode its four medal performances to a third-place finish to conclude a triumphant spring season. The Colonials medaled in all three scoring events in addition to a second-place showing in the 3rd Varsity 8. The performance stands as the first time in program history that all entries have medaled since the Atlantic 10 moved to a new scoring format in 2011.
Over the past four seasons, Carcich has led the Varsity 8 to a perfect 5-0 record against teams from Power 5 conferences with victories over North Carolina (2015), Purdue, Kansas State, Colorado (2013), Penn State (2017)
In 2014, Carcich led two of his boats to the medal stand at the 2014 Atlantic 10 Championship en route to a fifth-place finish. The Colonials' Varsity 4 earned a bronze medal and the 3V8 earned silver as all of GW's entries advanced to the Grand Finals at the event. Three rower earned Atlantic 10 All-Conference honors as senior Bethany Grim earned First Team honors and seniors Sarah Pickus and Megan Culberson were named to the Second Team.
Carcich earned his second consecutive Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year award in 2012-13 after leading the Colonials to their first Varsity 8 Championship at the Atlantic 10 Championship since the 2006 season and a third-place overall finish. Under Carcich's direction the Colonials' Varsity 8 also captured a gold medal at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Championships in Oak Ridge, Tenn. As a team, the Colonials won both the 1998 Cup (over Georgetown) and the George's Cup (over Georgetown & George Mason) for the second straight season.
In Carcich's third season he led GW to its best finish at the Atlantic 10 Championship since 2003 as the Colonials took second place in the nine-team championship regatta. The second-place finish marked a four-spot improvement from the 2011 Championship. For his efforts, Carcich was the recipient of the Atlantic 10 Women's Rowing Coach of the Year award, marking the first time a GW coach has taken home the honor since Steve Peterson in 2001. Additionally, Carcich saw four of his rowers land on the A-10 All-Conference team and one was named to the A-10 Rowing Academic All-Conference Team. Freshman Amanda Young, the lone rookie member of the Colonials' Varsity 8, was named the Female Rookie of the Year at the inaugural Georgey Awards.
Also in his third season, Carcich led the Colonials to victories in the GW Invitational, Class of 1998 Cup (over Georgetown) and George's Trophy (over Georgetown, George Mason). The wins marked the first time GW has hoisted the Wilkens Bowl at the GW Invite since 2005, the first time they have won the 1998 Cup since the 2007 season and the first time claiming George's Trophy, in its second year of existence. The Colonials also won five races in two days, and advanced three boats to the Grand Finals, at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Championships in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
In his second season at the helm the Colonials 2nd Varsity 8 captured the silver medal at the East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) Mid-Atlantic/New England (MANE) Regional Rowing Championships. GW also finished in second place in the inaugural George's Trophy against local rivals Georgetown and George Mason.
In his first season Carcich led the Colonials 2nd Varsity 8 to the bronze medal at the Atlantic 10 Championships. Under his direction, all four of GW's entries qualified for the Grand Finals at the Championship Regatta. After taking over the program the Colonials moved up the Eastern Sprint ladder from 18th to 15th at in his first season. Additionally, the Colonials JV8 advanced to the petite final and finished in 11th-place at the highly comeptitive Eastern Sprint Championships.
Carcich came to GW from the University of Pennsylvania where he has served as the assistant coach for the heavyweight men for three seasons. A 1996 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Carcich also was the head rowing coach at his alma mater from 1997-99. While in Amherst, his varsity lightweight eight team captured silver medals at the 1998 New England Championship. In his first year of coaching he saw the lightweight eight take the gold medal in the New England Championships and the Champion Regatta, while the heavyweight eight won the bronze at the New England Championships.
Carcich also coached at Yale University from 1999-06 as an assistant lightweight men's rowing coach. While in New Haven, Carcich led the Bulldogs freshman squad to seven medals at the Eastern Sprints during his six years in the program. While at Yale, he guided the Bulldogs to the 2002 Eastern Sprint Freshmen Lightweight gold medal, as well as the silver medal in 2001 and the bronze medals in 2000 and 2003. He also served as the head coach of the men's and women's teams at the New Haven Rowing Club. The group numbered 75-100 members who rowed both recreationally and competitively.
Eric can be reached through e-mail at email@example.com.
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