Mason Rowers Earn Top Finishes at Mid-Atlantics Race

Posted: May 11, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The George Mason rowers completed their best race of the spring season on Sunday afternoon at the Mid-Atlantics. Four boats raced, with three boats finishing in the top three of their event.

The Varsity 8+ boat won its event. The rowers controlled the race from start to finish, and raced a complete race, finishing in a fast time of 6:46.

“We had been hitting a wall around the 1,000m, but in this race they were able to keep their momentum all the way to the finish,” says Head Coach Geoff Dillard. “This was a great tune-up for the Dad Vail [Regatta], a competitive race that we should be able to compete in at a high level.”

The novice 8+ boat was involved in a close race, finishing second to the College of William and Mary, just .3 seconds off.

“They made some adjustments in the boat over the last two weeks and they definitely picked up some speed,” says Dillard. “They made some progress, having lost to William and Mary by 10 seconds at the CAA championship. They also went down in a very fast time of 6:52, which will make them a competitive crew at Dad Vail.”

The varsity 4 came up a little short of a medal, finishing with a time of 7:41 in the final, dropping 10 seconds from their heat time to their final time. “I expect them to stay hungry and work hard this week in practice to try to pick up some more speed,” says Dillard.

Mason’s second novice 8 finished second in petite finals. “We have been extremely proud of how they have raced all spring, going against other school’s top novice 8s,” says Dillard. “They have performed very well.”

The Patriots will race in their final event of the season, the Dad Vail Regatta, on Friday and Saturday in Philadelphia.

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