Women's Rowing Finishes Second at GW Invite
Colonials win four races on Saturday
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's rowing team won four races on Saturday and totaled 50 points for a second-place finish out of nine schools at the George Washington Invitational on the Potomac River.
Friday's racing schedule was cancelled due to unsafe winds. Saturday started out calm and fair but an increased tail wind and tail current led to fast times throughout the 33 races on the docket.
GW bested all four Atlantic 10 rivals in the final standings while falling just short of first-place Drexel (55 points). GW totaled 50 points to finish ahead of Rhode Island (48), Saint Joseph's (46), Navy (45), MIT (45), Georgetown (35), Dayton (30) and Duquesne (24).
"Overall it was a really good regatta from top to bottom and I am really excited to see where we can go from here," said head coach Eric Carcich. "The conditions offered up a nice window of racing this morning and I need to thank the entire staff for putting on a great regatta."
The 2nd Varsity 8 was on the water first early on Saturday and placed third in a highly-competitive race. Rhode Island won in 6:03.60, followed by Navy (6;05.80) and the Colonials (6:08.10).
GW's Varsity 8 was involved in another sprint to the finish against the same two crews. Navy won the battle in 5:56.30, just three seconds ahead of GW (5:59.60). Rhode Island took third in 6:00.60.
The Colonials closed the event with a three-race win streak in the final scoring events of the day.
The Varsity 4 dominated its race by taking first place in 6:45.70 ahead of Duquesne (7:06.30) and Dayton (7:18.20).
The 2V8 also raced against the Dukes and Flyers, finishing in 6:14.30 compared to 6:30.00 for Dayton and 6:32.40 for Duquesne.
The Varsity 8 put an exclamation point on the day with a solid victory over its A-10 rivals. The Colonials' bow crossed the finish line first in 6:04.60, in front of Dayton (6.08.00) and Duquesne (6:14.60).
"The team always loves racing in this event as it is our only opportunity to race on our home waters in front of a home crowd," said Carcich. "Tailwinds and current opened the door for some fast racing and it was nice to have our bow out front for much of the day. There is still lots of work to do but I am excited to get back to work on Monday morning."
GW now turns its attention towards the George's Cup against Georgetown and George Mason. The annual event will take place on April 14 on the Occoquan River.
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