Women’s Rowing Concludes Fall Schedule
Colonials prepare for competitive spring season
After making program history at the 2017 Atlantic 10 Championships last season with all four boats medaling en route to a third-place finish, the George Washington women’s rowing team will look to continue its success and reach new heights in the spring season.
With the loss of 14 graduated seniors, GW will be relying on a strong core of upperclassmen and 10 newcomers to continue the Colonials’ upward trajectory in 2018.
After competing in three races this fall, head coach Eric Carcich recaps the team’s success as they prepare for the competitive spring season.
“I was really impressed how quickly this group jelled and continued on the track we were on last year,” said Carcich. “We finished third as a team at the A-10s and all boats medaled. That’s a pretty high standard. There’s very little room at the top now. We’re trying to get to that point, but there's a lot of really great teams out there in this conference. To get to that sliver, we understand that we have to up our level. That’s what we tried to do this fall. In our volume, in our focus, in our intensity, in our physicality, we’re trying to hit all of the parts of our training program to get a little better each day.”
The Colonials opened their fall season at the Navy Day Regatta, where the team finished just a few seconds behind some of the best crews on the coast to take third place, their best finish ever.
The women’s rowing squad then headed to the Princeton Chase and posted one of their best performances to date, taking 16th place out of a challenging field of over 40 crews.
GW concluded its fall season at the Head of the Occoquan, finishing second, sixth and eighth.
“We really did a good job this fall hitting our goals", said Carcich. “I’m really happy with where we are and what we did this fall, but I also understand it only gives us the opportunity to do well this spring. The hard part starts now.”
Even with the fall season behind them, the Colonials will continue to work hard going into their winter training trip on January 6.
“What’s good is that we have a platform of really high quality and high caliber athletes that enjoy working with one another,” said Carcich. “I think I have a group that is ready to take on the challenge of training on their own a lot and doing all of the right things when nobody is watching. They enjoy working hard, and they lean on one another. It’s a pretty wonderful family we have here. We’re not huge in numbers, but we’re huge in pride for this team and in passion for what we’re trying to do in representing GW.”
— GW Womens Rowing (@GW_WomensRowing) November 15, 2017
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