Women's Rowing Earns Three Medals in Grand Finals at SIRA Championships
April 22, 2012
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - The George Washington women's rowing team won five races on Saturday to advance three boats to Sunday's Grand Finals at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Championships on Melton Hill Lake.
GW's Varsity 8, JV 8 and Varsity 4 all competed in Sunday's Grand Finals. Each boat won a preliminary heat and/or a semifinal to earn a spot in the Grand Final field for each respective event.
"Overall, it was a good regatta for us," said Head Coach Eric Carcich. "This was our first time at this venue and I think all of our boats raced well."
The Colonials' Varsity 8 boat nearly claimed gold but was edged by 2.7 seconds in the Grand Final by Grand Valley State. On Saturday, the Colonials clocked the fastest time on the course with a time preliminary time of 6:41.20. In the semifinals, the Colonials nearly replicated their previous time and beat Mercyhurst by eight seconds to earn a spot in the Grand Finals.
"The Varsity 8 got into a battle in the Grand Final and it was a great racing experience," said Coach Carcich. "They did a real good job during a high quality race especially down the stretch against a very good Grand Valley crew."
The Varsity 4 also turned in a top preliminary time on Saturday, navigating the course in 7:43.00, which was the second-fastest time of the day. The Colonials placed first in the semifinals ahead of Kansas State to advance to the Grand Finals where they took third place behind winner Nova Southeastern and runner-up K-State.
"The Varsity 4 is getting faster each and every week," said Coach Carcich. "I am very excited to see how they can use this momentum going forward into the next two weeks of training."
The JV8 won a Sunday semifinal to advance to the Grand Final where they took second place behind K-State.
The Colonials return to action on May 5 at the Atlantic 10 Championships on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J.