Georgetown won seven of nine races to capture the Cadle Cup, the Washington area college crew championship, yesterday at Thompson Boat House. The Hoyas scored 59 points to second-place George Washington's 35 to take the team title.
Southerly gusts of more than 20 knots produced whitecaps and choppy water that held down race times and favored strength over technique as the Hoyas tuned up for next weekend's Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia.
The team title was settled almost from the outset, but the men's varsity heavyweight race was rowed as if the disposition of the Cadle Cup rested upon its outcome.
George Washington started fast and led by four seats at Key Bridge, but by the race's midpoint the Hoyas had pulled even.
"They started well and then pulled ahead with a couple of power 20s (sprint strokes) at the turn, so it was just a matter of eating away at their lead by taking 10s (a shorter sprint stroke)," said coxswain Andy Kind, who coxed the Hoyas' entry at the Henley Regatta in England last year. "We hit some rough water with 500 meters to go, but I just told my crew that as hard as it was for us, it was that much tougher on GW.
"They were overstroking so I knew they had to be getting tired. It was simply a matter of staying confident and relaxing."
Kind's strategy proved successful as the Colonials began to falter near the finish line and steady Georgetown won by two seats.
"I had hoped that we would improve on our victory margin (Georgetown won by two lengths April 2), but this race and the others were excellent training for the (Dad) Vails," said Coach Jay Forester. "We've improved since the beginning of the season, but so has GW. It's nice to have some competition for a change."
Georgetown won all the men's races and finished 1-2 in the women's varsity race, but George Washington remained undefeated in the women's novice "A" competition by defeating the Hoyas by 2 1/2 lengths.
In local scholastic rowing, the Sandy Run Crew Regatta at Lake Occoquan was dominated by T.C. Williams, which won seven of 13 races, including the boys varsity eight race. The Titans did lose the girls varsity eight race to Yorktown.