Women's Rowing to Compete at Atlantic 10 Championships on Saturday
Colonials Searching for First A-10 Crown
May 3, 2012
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's rowing team will compete in the Atlantic 10 Championships on Saturday morning on the Cooper River in Pennsauken, N.J.
"We are really looking forward to returning to the Cooper River for this year's Atlantic 10 Championship," said Head Coach Eric Carcich. "It has been a long year of hard work building up to this opportunity. The team is very excited and we are ready to go".
The regatta begins with preliminary racing at 8 a.m. Two heats will be run for the Varsity 8, JV 8 and Varsity 4, with the top three teams from each heat advancing to the Grand Finals. The remaining teams will advance to the Petite Finals.
The Colonials are the No. 2 seed in the Varsity 8 and JV 8 while the Varsity 4 is the No. 4 seed.
A points system will be implemented in both the Grand Finals and Petite Finals.
GW is enjoying one of its finest seasons in recent history. The Colonials have claimed the trio of George's Trophy, the Class of 1998 Cup and the Howard W. Wilkins Bowl, in addition to victories over perennial power Navy and District rival Georgetown.
The Colonials have never won the A-10 Championship, but have had success in the individual races. GW won the Varsity 8 in 2006 and 2001, the JV 8 in 2005 and the Varsity 4 in 2003.
Saint Joseph's is the defending champion after winning last year's weather-shortened event. Massachusetts leads the conference with a record 13 A-10 titles, while Rhode Island has won twice.
"The A-10 Championships bring out the very best of all the programs competing and I am expecting it to be no different at this year's regatta," said Coach Carcich.