GW Women's Rowing Wins 1998 Cup & George's Trophy
Colonials Sweep Georgetown and George Mason in Four Races
March 31, 2012
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's rowing team swept four races to claim both the 1998 Cup and the George's Trophy over local rivals Georgetown and George Mason on the Potomac River on Saturday morning.
The wins on Saturday mark the first time the Colonials have won the 1998 Cup since the 2007 season and the first time claiming George's Trophy, in its second year of existence.
"I am really proud of the way that the girls raced today," said Head Coach Eric Carcich. "They came out ready to go and I am happy with the performances in all of our boats."
The Colonials opened the morning with a 17-second victory over George Mason in the 3V8, a race that did not count towards either the 1998 Cup or George's Trophy.
GW clinched 4.5 points towards each event with a victory in the V4. The Colonials navigated the course in 7:29.8, about seven seconds ahead of the second-place Hoyas.
The momentum continued to the JV8 where the Colonials narrowly edged Georgetown in a closely-contested finish. The Colonials finished just 2.1 seconds ahead of Georgetown (7:08.3). Mason followed in 7:36.4.
With victories in the first two races the Colonials would clinch both titles with a second-place finish or better.
In the Varsity 8 finale, the Colonials crossed the finish line five seconds ahead of Georgetown to clinch both the 1998 Cup and George's Trophy. GW finished in 6:44.5 with the Hoyas following in 6:49.5. Mason followed in third in 7:03.7.
"The Varsity 8 from Georgetown is a very strong crew," said Coach Carcich. "They put a good push in early and we had to do everything in our power to hold off that push and get through them."
The Colonials finished both events with 19.5 points, followed by Georgetown (13) and George Mason (6.5).
"Overall we are still continuing to get faster and I am happy with our progress, but we still have a lot of speed to gain," said Coach Carcich. "I am looking forward to getting back to work on Monday in preparation of the 25th annual George Washington Invitational next weekend."
The 1998 Cup is named in honor of GW's 1998 Varsity 8, which earned the school's first trip to the NCAA Women's Rowing Championship while George's Trophy was established last year and is given to the top local program.
"This cup hasn't been in our hands since 2007 so it is going to be real nice bringing it back up to Foggy Bottom," said Coach Carcich.