Varsity 8 Wins Gold Medal at Atlantic 10 Championships
Carcich Named Coach of the Year
May 4, 2013
PENNSAUKEN, N.J. - The George Washington women's rowing team, aided by a gold medal performance from the Varsity 8, finished in third place overall at Saturday's Atlantic 10 Championship on the Cooper River.
Head Coach Eric Carcich was voted the Coach of the Year by the conference head coaches for the second season in a row.
"Today was a great day," said Coach Carcich. "This morning started off with all boats advancing to the Grand Finals. They did a great job and did exactly what they needed to in order to be in the mix for the title this afternoon. That was our goal, putting our boats in a position to compete for a championship."
Rhode Island won its second consecutive Atlantic 10 title and clinched the conference's first-ever automatic bid to the NCAA Championship with 49 points. Massachusetts was the runner-up with 45 points followed by GW (44), Duquesne (32), Temple (31), Dayton (30), Saint Joseph's (18), Fordham (12) and LaSalle (9).
The Varsity 8 swept both its morning heat and the Grand Final to clinch GW's first gold medal in the event since 2006. The Colonials also captured the Varsity 8 title in 2001.
In its morning heat, the varsity crew won by a margin of 4.5 seconds over the field. The Colonials navigated the 2,000-meter course in 7:01.79, defeating Duquesne (7:06.32), Dayton (7:06.57) and Temple (7:10.77) to clinch a spot in the Grand Finals. GW's time marked the best out of nine crews in the morning session.
The Colonials were in complete control in the Grand Final, sprinting out to a lead at the 500-meter mark and maintaining the advantage for the duration of the race. GW won by open water in 7:05.06, ahead of Rhode Island (7:09.23), Massachusetts (7:11.31), Dayton (7:16.37) and Duquesne (7:26.05) to earn 27 points toward its team total.
"In my 19 years of coaching, the Varsity 8's performance in the Grand Final was one of the best races I have ever seen," said Coach Carcich. "They were in complete control and maintained their composure the entire length of the course. It was a dominating and very impressive performance. A really enjoyable race to watch."
The JV8 and Varsity 4 each recorded second-place showings in their respective morning heats to advance to the Grand Finals. The JV8 finished in 7:23.41, 4.2 seconds behind heat winner UMass (7:19.21), while the Varsity 4 finished in 8:17.48, about five seconds behind Rhode Island (8:12.33).
In the Grand Final, the JV8 took fourth place out of six crews. The Colonials finished in 7:34.11, behind first-place Massachusetts (7:21.57), Rhode Island (7:25.35) and Temple (7:29.30).
"The JV8 race was a real battle. I thought they fought hard and it was one of their best races of the year," said Coach Carcich.
The Varsity 4 took fifth overall in 8:46.53 behind Rhode Island (8:27.11), Temple (8:33.76), Duquesne (8:36.02) and Massachusetts (8:37.88).
The Colonials also raced a V4B and a Novice 4 in races that did not count toward the final standings. The V4B finished in fourth place in 9:08.88 while the Novice 4 captured a bronze medal with a third-place showing, finishing in 9:26.95.