Georgetown Crew Team to Compete in Royal Regatta
After a strong year of competition, Georgetown's men's lightweight crew team is headed to England to compete in a prestigious regatta on the River Thames. The team will participate in the 2007 Henley Royal Regatta by the town of Henley-on-Thames.
The regatta takes place from July 4 to 8 and consists of head-to-head, dual races over a course of 2,112 meters (1.3 miles). Georgetown's lightweights last competed at Henley in 2004, where the team advanced to the final 16.
The team is going to England after a strong showing at the May 31 to June 2 Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Collegiate National Championship, where the Hoyas took the bronze medal.
"This team is a driven group of high-integrity individuals and they've done an admirable job accelerating their learning curve during the time we've had together," head coach Evans Liolin said. "Henley is a wonderful reward for their bold performance at the IRA. More importantly, it is an opportunity to extend their ability at the height of the season."
During the spring season, the Georgetown lightweights earned victories over the University of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Naval Academy, Columbia University and Princeton University.
"We started this season with a close loss to Princeton, but after a few weeks of intense training, we showed resilience by defeating Navy and then settled the score with Princeton a week later," team member John Connolly (C'09) said.
After a sixth place finish in a tight field at the Eastern Sprints regatta in May, the Hoyas went to the IRA ready to compete. The team finished three one-hundredths of a second behind Harvard University, and only one second behind defending champion Cornell University.
"One aspect about Georgetown lightweight men's crew that stands out is that we always pit ourselves against the top lightweight crews in the nation," Kevin Francolini (C'09), team coxswain, said.
"With this year's bronze medal at the IRA, we have medaled at the IRA three out of the last five years."
The Hoyas will be part of more than 150-year-old tradition by competing in the Henley regatta, which began in 1839. Queen Elizabeth II acts as the royal patron for the competition.
The team, lead by coach Liolin, is anchored by senior co-captain Michael McGrath (F'07). The competing crew members are: James Curley (B'07), Patrick Sheridan (C'07), Thomas Byrnes (B'07), Phil Cimbak (C'08), William Quirk (C'08), Tim Freeman (B09), Scott Dotto (C'09), John Connolly (C'09), Ryan Madsen (B'09) and Kevin Francolini (C09). For more information on the race and the corresponding events, visit www.hrr.co.uk/index.htm and www.row2k.com.
'This team is a driven group of high-integrity individuals and they've done an admirable job accelerating their learning curve during the time we’ve had together.' -- head coach Evans Liolin
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