For the second week in a row, Virginia upset a Washington crew power in the men's varsity eight race by beating Georgetown yesterday in the Cherry Tree Regatta on the Potomac River. It was Virginia's first victory over the Hoyas in a men's varsity eight race since 1971.
Last Saturday Virginia handily defeated George Washington at the Occoquan Invitational.
The Cavaliers stayed even with Georgetown for the first 500 meters before powering ahead of the host Hoyas by nearly a length at the 1,000-meter midpoint. Georgetown twice tried to sprint back into the race, but Virginia won in 6:09.3. Georgetown finished in 6:11.7.
"We were beaten by a very good crew that rowed a very good race today," said Georgetown Coach Jay Forrester. "We learned something out there today about how much work we still need to do to prepare ourselves for the Dad Vails next month in Philadelphia . The only silver lining about losing today is that when we lost to Virginia 15 years ago we went on to win the Vails, so maybe this was a good omen."
Georgetown won the women's varsity eight race, beating the Cavaliers by almost two lengths in 6:50.8.
Marietta College won the men's and women's varsity four and men's lightweight eight races.
In a separate regatta also on the Potomac River, George Washington won the women's varsity eight and varsity four races over La Salle and Charleston, but lost to La Salle in the same two men's varsity races.
"I was encouraged by what I saw out there today," said GW Coach Paul Wilkins. "First, when I saw that Virginia beat Georgetown, that took some of the sting out of their beating us last Saturday. And our races today were very encouraging, too."