Women's Rowing to Open Spring Season at Annual Murphy Cup
March 23, 2012
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's rowing team will open its 2012 spring season at the annual Murphy Cup on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J. on Saturday.
The Colonials will send four crews to the Murphy Cup with preliminary heats taking place Saturday morning and early afternoon. The petite finals and championship races will begin at 4:30 p.m.
"This weekend, the Murphy Cup will give us a great sense of where we stand as a team," said Head Coach Eric Carcich. "With five schools from the Atlantic 10 competing, this weekend is going to be a gauge of our standing in the conference."
2012 Season Outlook
The 2012 George Washington women's rowing team is eager to return to the water after seeing improvements across the board in the 2011 season.
Under the direction of third-year Head Coach Eric Carcich, the Colonials are ready to continue the climb in the Atlantic 10 Conference and beyond.
"We are really excited to start this spring season," said Coach Carcich. "The team has worked very hard during the fall semester, winter training and these past few weeks of spring practice."
The Colonials had a strong fall season, recording a second-place finish at the Head of the Potomac and second- and eighth-place finishes at the Occoquan Chase. Coach Carcich likes where his team stands following the fall season and sees the Colonials' schedule as a strength as they enter the championship season.
"I am excited about this season because we have a schedule that is front loaded with two great regattas headed into our own GW Invite on April 6-7," said Coach Carcich. "This will give us a good early-season read of our strengths and what we need to work on as we head into the A-10 Championships in early May."
The Colonials will return to their home on the Potomac River on March 31 for the annual George's Cup against local rivals Georgetown and George Mason.
The following week the Colonials will welcome five schools - including A-10 rivals Saint Joseph's and Duquesne - for the 25th annual George Washington Invitational, April 6-7 on the Potomac River.
GW will compete at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Championships, April 21-22 in Oak Ridge, Tenn., before heading north to Camden, N.J., for the annual Atlantic 10 Championships on the Cooper River.
The Colonials finished in sixth place at last season's championships and Coach Carcich knows that his team is prepared and well-equipped to improve its ranking at this season's championship regatta.
"I am excited for our team because I know how hard we have been working and how focused we are on our lofty goal that we have set for ourselves," said Coach Carcich. "We are taking it one week at a time, one race at a time, but it all starts this weekend on the Cooper River."