Men’s rowing breaks 21-race win streak with third-place finish

Men's rowing competed for the Stevenson Cup on Sunday, placing third behind Navy and Columbia. Hatchet File Photo
Men’s rowing competed for the Stevenson Cup on Sunday, placing third behind Navy and Columbia. Hatchet File Photo

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Darius Kamshad.

The men’s rowing team’s 21-race win streak came to an end Sunday after the Colonials finished third out of four teams behind Navy and Columbia in their regular season finale.

GW had beaten Navy earlier this season at the GW Invitational last month, though they won based on points and without racing head-to-head.

“The guys did really well going into today,” head coach Mark Davis said, adding that he noticed his rowers felt extra stress because of upcoming finals for their classes.

The races, originally scheduled to take place in Princeton, N.J., were forced to move to West Windsor, N.J. after heavy rainfall flooded the Lake Carnegie course. The Mercer Lake course presented its own challenges, with 18-to-20-mph tailwind.

The team had to move south to Woodbridge, Va. earlier in the week to train because of flooding after heavy rain hit D.C.

In the first race of the day, GW’s Varsity 8 boat finished with a time of 5:46.10, which was good enough for third behind Navy and Columbia. The Colonials got off to a good start and held the lead for the first 1,000 meters before the Navy and Columbia teams passed them at about the halfway point. Columbia edged GW by less than a second.

The Junior Varsity 8 boat struggled to keep up with the Midshipman and Lions, placing third after clocking a time of 6:00.20.

The Freshman 8 was able to break through Sunday as it won its race with a posted time of 5:56.20. GW topped the Midshipmen in a one-on-one race, and carried an open water lead of more than eight seconds.

“The freshmen, once again, they’ve just been having a very strong year,” Davis said. “They’re a cool and collected group, and there’s no big up and downs with them, which is kind of nice and solid from a freshmen crew sometimes.”

GW will have the next two weeks to prepare for the Eastern Sprints on May 18 in Worcester, Mass.

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