Women's Rowing Battles Georgetown for 1998 Cup
Colonials' Varsity Four Victorious on Mother's Day
May 11, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington Women's Rowing took on Georgetown for the annual 1998 Cup race on Sunday. The race was held on the Anacostia River due to high water levels and debris on the Potomac River.
George Washington's varsity four consisting of Bonnie Scott, Karri Hester, Elizabeth Austin, Katie Martin and Alexandra Hamilton defeated their counterparts from Georgetown by 10 seconds to finish with a time of 9:18.17.
"Our varsity four did a great job today," said GW head coach Rob McCracken. "This was the first time they rowed together and three of the rowers had already competed in the varsity eight race. I'm really happy that Bess, Karri and Bonnie were able to end their dual race career with a win over Georgetown."
In the varsity eight event, the Colonials maintained contact with Georgetown during the early stages, but gradually fell behind during the final 1,000 meters. The crew of Katie Martin, Elizabeth Austin, Alexandra Hamilton, Carrie Rollman, Ellen VanCleave, Stephanie DeFlora, Allison Miedema, Bonnie Scott and Rhonda Crittle crossed the finish line in 8:13.45, 15 seconds behind Georgetown which won with a time of 7:58.40.
"We did a good job of implementing many of the things we worked on during the latter part of the week," said McCracken. "On the whole, we still need to work together a bit better as a group so that the power we have translates to moving the boat. We have two trips to the starting line left so I am hoping that we can continue to improve this week and end the season by putting together some races that we are proud of."
The novice eight of Ayla Richards, Anne Kuznicki, Lisa VanArsdale, Courtney Pendray, Estee Gabel, Rachel Roth, Sarah Hill, Sarah Thompson and Mackenzie Hovermale jumped out on the Hoyas at the start and held the lead to the 1,000-meter mark. Unfortunately, Georgetown gradually reeled in the Colonials and crossed the finish line eight seconds ahead of the Colonials with a time of 8:16.80.
"I was very pleased with the novice 8 this weekend," said GW assistant coach Maria Bokulich. "This novice class is a very hard working and talented group and they have the drive to make every practice and every race better than the last. This weekend was no different. Georgetown's novice eight is a strong group of athletes and although I think we could have been a bit closer to them at the finish, I believe we are in a good position to have our best races of the season this coming weekend at Sprints."
The 1998 Cup has been contested since 2003 and recognizes the winning team in the annual race between Georgetown and George Washington. The cup was given in honor of GW's 1998 Varsity Eight which earned the school's first trip to the NCAA Championship. This year's 1998 Cup was won by Georgetown.
The Colonials wrap up their season on May 17 at the Eastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges 36th Annual Regatta held on the Cooper River in Camden, NJ. Races begin at 8:00 a.m.