Georgetown Men's and Women's Crews Compete in Eastern Sprints

May 16, 2007

Washington, D.C. - The Georgetown University men's and women's crews both competed in their respective Eastern Sprints competitions this past weekend. The ladies traveled to Cooper River, N.J., while the men visited Worcester, Mass. for their races.

For the second year in a row the Varsity Lightweight Women's Eight won a bronze medal at the Eastern Sprints. Last year was the first time in the history of the women's program that a varsity crew had medaled. The nine girls in the crew were sophomore coxswain Liz Kucharzik (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan), freshman stroke Alex Vezina (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon), senior Marcy Hupp (Kansas City, Mo./St. Teresa's Academy), senior Lauren Moldawer (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville), sophomore Samantha Miller (San Francisco, Calif./St. Ignatius College Prep), junior Maria Lipperini (Collingswood, N.J./Bishop Eustace Preparatory), freshman Laura Donaldson (Berkeley, Calif./Berkeley), senior Dana Goldman (Newton, Mass./Milton Academy) and junior bow Kristin Jasiukiewicz (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Mount St. Joseph Academy).

"Due to the success these girls have had over the last two seasons it might be easy for people to forget that only two years ago we lost this race by 19 seconds," said Women's Lightweight Varsity Coach Jim O'Connor. "The group has come a long way and it is a good sign of the continued improvement of the entire squad."

On the men's side, the varsity lightweight eight made the grand final while the freshman lightweights won the petite final. Also, the men's novice heavyweight eight and second freshman eight also made the grand final. The varsity 8 and freshman eight made the petite final, making it the best performance overall for the heavyweight squad as a whole since Georgetown started competing at Eastern Sprints in 2003.


The second varsity heavyweight boat upset Penn and Navy to make the grand final, the first Georgetown varsity heavyweight crew to do so, finishing ahead of the likes of Princeton, Navy, Penn, Syracuse and Northeastern. The boat consisted of sophomore coxswain Jack Carlson (Weston, Mass./Buckingham Browne and Nichols), senior stroke Tom Hennessy (Lake Forest, Ill./Lawrenceville School), sophomore Sam Bourneuf (Boston, Mass./Roxbury Latin School), sophomore Spencer Almy (Portland, Ore./Grant), senior Joe Leveroni (San Francisco, Calif./St. Ignatius College Prep), senior Gordon Erndt (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier), Michael Stack Alexandria, Va./Gonzaga College HS), Nick Berry (New York, N.Y./Brooks School) and junior bow Joe McElwee (Media, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep).

Lauren Moldawer helped lead her Lightweight Eight's to a bronze medal at the Eastern Sprints.