All Four Boats Medal at A-10 Women's Rowing Championship
First time in program history all entries have medaled in modern era of the conference championship
PENNSAUKEN, N.J. - The George Washington women's rowing team went four-for-four in medal performances on an overcast and blustery day on the Cooper River at the 2017 Atlantic 10 Championship.
GW rode its four medal performances to a third-place finish to conclude a triumphant spring season. The Colonials medaled in all three scoring events in addition to a second-place showing in the 3rd Varsity 8. The performance stands as the first time in program history that all entries have medaled since the Atlantic 10 moved to a new scoring format in 2011.
The Colonials added two wins (V8, V4) and a third-place showing in the morning heats to bring the number of top-three performances on the day to seven.
"We were really fortunate that the weather and the wind held off to provide us a fair day of racing on the Cooper River," said head coach Eric Carcich. "I could not be more proud and honored to be a part of this GW Women's Rowing program. I really felt like they came out here and competed very hard and were in the mix in every single race that was run today."
Massachusetts won the A-10 title with 52 points, just ahead of second-place Rhode Island (49). The Colonials totaled 43 points to take third place, finishing ahead of Fordham (35), Dayton (22), Saint Joseph's (22), Duquesne (21), George Mason (19) and La Salle (5).
After dominating its morning heat, the Varsity 8 (6:55.30) finished within 10 seconds of first-place Massachusetts (6:45.14) and Rhode Island (6:51.75) in the Grand Final to contribute 21 points to GW's total.
The Varsity 4 followed a win in its morning heat with a silver medal in the Grand Final. UMass (8:05.27) won the gold but the Colonials (8:10.28) were next across the line, narrowing out Rhode Island (8:12.02), Saint Joseph's (8:13.75) and Fordham (8:13.75) by three seconds.
The JV8 rounded out GW's strong scoring day with a third-place finish in the Grand Final with a time of 7:02.39. The JV8 also took second in its morning heat.
The 3V8 Final saw the Colonials (7:25.81) in a sprint to the finish line against Saint Joseph's (7:25.42), with the Hawks squeaking out a victory by a bow ball in a photo finish.
"Congratulations to Massachusetts and head coach Jim Deitz on winning this year," said Carcich. "I normally would say I can't wait to get back to work on Monday but right now I am going to enjoy this team's success because it was a really great ride this year."
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