Men's Rowing Races At George Washington Invitational

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Holy Cross men's rowing team competed at the George Washington Invitational on the Potomac River as the Crusaders took on Navy and George Washington. The second varsity eight earned a victory versus George Washington. The Crusaders finished sixth out of six teams in the Oliver T. Carr Bowl Point Standings with 48 points. Navy won the title with 114 points.

On Saturday morning, the Crusaders raced versus EARC opponent Navy as the Mids swept all four races. Navy won the varsity eight race as the No. 6 nationally ranked Midshipmen won with a time of 5:33.40, while the Crusaders posted a time of 5:50.90. Navy took the second varsity eight race with a time of 5:48.30 and Holy Cross tallied a time of 5:59.80. The Mids posted a time of 5:56.00 in the third varsity eight race and the Crusaders notched a time of 6:08.60. Navy won the freshman eight race with a time of 5:42.40, followed by Navy's second freshman eight with a time of 5:53.00 and the Crusaders with a time of 6:07.70.   

"This morning we faced one of the top teams in the nation," said Holy Cross head coach Todd Pearson. "We raced hard, but couldn't match their speed.  I think we learned from the experience and I hope we improve because of it."

The Crusaders took on George Washington in the afternoon. The second varsity eight (5:51.30) placed first in a race versus George Washington (5:53.00) and the Crusaders' third varsity eight (6:00.20). George Washington's No. 20 nationally ranked varsity eight won the Sullivan Cup with a time of 5:39.80 defeating the Crusaders who posted a time of 5:43.00. George Washington (6:02.50) also won the freshman eight race defeating the Crusaders (6:06.50).

"This afternoon all of our boats raced hard and probably turned in their best performances of the spring," said Pearson. "However, only the second varsity was able to come out on top. I'm really pleased with how hard the guys competed and I am confident we'll be able to build on this for next week's races against Georgetown."

The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, April 14, when they take on EARC opponent Georgetown in Princeton, N.J.

Versus Navy

Holy Cross varsity eight: Steve Burison (coxswain), Jordan Traub, Nick Forgione, Peter Prominski, Henry Van Damme, Peter Dwyer, Sean O'Neill, Andrew Cecchetti, Pat Rapuano.

Holy Cross second varsity eight: Michael Fitzgerald (coxswain), Paul Gaffney, Anthony Curro, Kevin Smith, Dan Ryan, Colin Hayes, Mike Walker, Bryan Ptucha, Kevin Moran.

Holy Cross third varsity eight: John Gentile (coxswain), Mike Lindsay, Tom Gallant, Trevor Zaleski, Steve Raiola, Nicholas Powers, Thad Logan, Ryan Hallisey, J.D. Power.

Holy Cross freshman eight: Eddie Ryan (coxswain), James LaVersa, Lucius White, Alex Brandon, John Burke, Andrew McNamara, Carey Spanos, Brian Clark, Kyle Larkin.

Versus George Washington

Holy Cross varsity eight: Steve Burison (coxswain), Nick Forgione, Anthony Curro, Peter Prominski, Henry Van Damme, Andrew Cecchetti, Mike Walker, Jordan Traub, Pat Rapuano.

Holy Cross second varsity eight: Michael Fitzgerald (coxswain), Paul Gaffney, Kevin Moran, Peter Dwyer, Dan Ryan, Colin Hayes, Sean O'Neill, Kevin Smith, Bryan Ptucha.

Holy Cross third varsity eight: John Gentile (coxswain), Mike Lindsay, Tom Gallant, Trevor Zaleski, Steve Raiola, Nicholas Powers, Thad Logan, Ryan Hallisey, J.D. Power.

Holy Cross freshman eight: Eddie Ryan (coxswain), James LaVersa, Lucius White, Alex Brandon, John Burke, Andrew McNamara, Carey Spanos, Brian Clark, Kyle Larkin.