Women's Rowing Looks to Continue Hot Start
April 10, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women's rowing team is off to a strong start to the 2013 season and will look to build on its early success when the Mids compete in the 25th-annual George Washington Invitational this Friday and Saturday. Racing will take place Friday afternoon and again on Saturday between 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
The 2,000-meter, buoyed course begins near the Spout Run area of the Potomac River and finishes at Washington Harbour (3050 K Street, NW) in Georgetown.
The varsity four, second varsity eight and varsity eight will all compete on Friday against Gonzaga in consecutive races beginning at 1:30 p.m.
"It will be great competition all weekend," said Navy head coach Mike Hughes. "Gonzaga will be a good test of what we can do against western crews."
On Saturday morning, the Mids will square off with Georgetown. The varsity four race will begin at 8:10 a.m., followed by the second varsity eight at 8:20 a.m. and varsity eight 8:30 a.m.
The Mids will close the day by taking on host George Washington in four consecutive races beginning at 2 p.m. The third varsity eight, varsity four, second varsity eight and varsity eight will all compete against the Colonials.
Last season at the GW Invitational, the varsity eight defeated Georgetown, but fell to MIT and then George Washington by just 0.7 seconds.
"We certainly had close races with GW last season, hopefully we can change those results this year," said Hughes.
The varsity and second varsity crews have been dominant so far this season as both have picked up titles at the first two events of the season. Both crews opened by taking first place at the Murphy Cup (March 30) and repeated as champions last weekend at the Occoquan Sprints.
Navy's varsity four crews have also been impressive. The top varsity four crew claimed first place in the final at the Murphy Cup and won its only race last weekend on the Occoquan.
"We're confident right now, but not overconfident," said Hughes. "We need to make sure that we keep getting faster every week."
Varsity 4 "B"
B Jackie Fisher
2 Caitlin Bryant
3 Lily VanSteenberg
S Heather Bui
C Alexandria Switzer
4 Varsity 8 (aka Novice 8)
B Christen Carpenter
2 Juliana Mellgard
3 Bridget Lee
4 Sarah Armstrong
5 Taylor George
6 Ginny Burger
7 Becca Cabrey
S Abby Gross
C Heather Nearing