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Dear GW Men’s Rowing Community:

GW Men’s Rowing was on Boston’s Charles River this weekend with both our 1V and an alumni boat.

After a rather warm autumn, as if Boston knew better, the morning of the first day of racing saw a cold snap arrive, making for perfect racing weather albeit a bit windy.

Alumni Recap

On Saturday, our Alumni 40+ crew went off the line and placed eighth beating out two Navy boats and a Yale crew. Pretty good for a boat that has not rowed together!

The guys in the boat were:

  • c: Luke Ames - (GWU)
  • 8: Timothy Downs - 48 (GWRA)
  • 7: Kirk Dorn - 48 (GWRA)
  • 6: Kasey Colander - 30 (GWRA)
  • 5: Chad Wolfe - 45 (GWRA)
  • 4: Benjamin Adams - 50 (GWRA)
  • 3: Jared Shaw - 48 (GWRA)
  • 2: Prospero Gogo - 50 (GWRA)
  • 1: Shawn Hoyer - 44 (GWRA)

They made it through the course with a time of 17:26, 2 minutes off the 1st place finish. Ahead of GW were crews such as  Northeastern, Cal, &  Penn. 

They rowed the Nicholas Upton 17. As you may remember Nick was the oarsman we lost in a tragic accident in South Africa who coined the phase, “It’s all of us or none of us.”  This has become a GWU Men’s Rowing battle cry and could not be more appropriate than now for our program!

Varsity Recap

On Sunday, the 1V was scheduled to row in the Men’s Collegiate Eights due to GW now being a club team. However, this was contested due to GW finishing 7th in the country last year. So GW was moved to the Championship Eights. The boys finished with a time of 15:10, 1:10 off first place. Every crew who finished ahead is a national power. After all that has happened to this team, this is pretty amazing and shows the grit and talent of this program

Captain Brian O’Rourke reports:

"This weekend, GWMR sent an VIII to HOCR for the first time since 2013. It’s always great to race at one of the biggest races in the world, and as a team we are fortunate to have the support to do this. We learned many lessons and we are proud to continue to represent GWMR on the national and international collegiate circuit.

This HOCR weekend came with many unexpected challenges. The day before our race we learned we would not be eligible to race in the Collegiate 8+ event (due to our three 8+s racing in the IRA petit final this year) and would instead be competing in the Championship 8+ event against some of the fastest teams in the world, including national champions and Olympians. During the race our steering came loose and we were forced to check the boat down to make a turn. 

Despite these challenges, GWMR attacked the piece with vigor, putting down a time 20 seconds faster than any other club team at the event and faster than many varsity teams as well. It wasn’t the result we wanted but we proved we can still compete with the best of the best and things can only go up from here.

Special thanks to our teammates, friends, family, and alumni who came out to support us."

In the recent past, you may recall HOCR was not a preferred race of the coaching staff. Hats off to Coach Nate for getting us back on this stage! What a statement to do so right out of the gate to show the rowing community and the GWMR community that we are here!

In what may be the best picture from the Head of the Charles, the alumni and the Varsity spent time together and got this picture. This is evidence that our community is standing and going forward!

To see other pictures go to  GW at the HOC 2021. You can also find the results from the Alums here and the V8 here

Good work Gents!

 

Signing off from Boston,

Chris Hawthorne’84
Secretary, FOGWMR

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