Women's Rowing Sweeps A-10 Rival Dayton at 23rd GW Invitational Regatta
April 10, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC -- The George Washington women's rowing team scored 54 points to tie Georgetown for fourth place among eight women's teams at the 23rd George Washington Invitational Regatta, Friday and Saturday, on the Potomac River. The event is held each April in conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
GW scored 54 points to finish ahead of A-10 foes Dayton and Saint Joseph's, as well as MIT.
On Friday afternoon, the Colonials made a clean sweep of Atlantic 10 Conference rival Dayton by defeating the Flyers in all four head-to-head events: the women's varsity eight, the women's second varsity eight, the women's varsity four and the women's second varsity four.
The GW women's varsity eight completed the 2,000-meter course in 6:29.1, more than two seconds ahead Dayton's 6:31.9. GW's second varsity eight defeated the Flyers by 11 seconds and the Colonials' varsity four won by a commanding 25 seconds.
For the second straight year, Columbia's women won the Howard W. Wilkins Bowl for accumulating the highest women's team point total. The Lions totaled 111 points to outscore runner-up Central Florida by 39 points.
Racing conditions were nearly ideal Saturday under sunny skies with temperatures in the low to mid 60s. A moderate tailwind and tailcurrent made for fast conditions in the afternoon.
Next up for the GW women is the Atlantic 10 Conference Women's Rowing Championships on Saturday, April 17, on the Cooper River in Pennsauken, NJ.