Women's Lightweight Eight Finish Second Nationally at Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship Regatta

June 9, 2008

Washington, D.C. - This past weekend, Georgetown Women's Crew took part in the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship Regatta at Cooper River in Camden, New Jersey and saw the Lightweight Eight finish second nationally, matching the best finish ever for a Georgetown women's crew.

"I am very proud of our girls," Lightweight Coach Jim O'Connor said. "They have shown tremendous resilience all year. After the Eastern Sprints we made a commitment to row much smarter and put much more emphasis on the second half of the race. Our execution of this plan allowed the crew to move from fifth to second during the last thousand meters."

The lightweights were well in the pack during the first 500 meters before slipping back to fifth place coming into the halfway point. The boat then made a major move at the thousand-meter mark and rowed through Bucknell, Princeton, and Stanford en route to the silver-medal finish behind perennial power, Wisconsin.

"Finishing second behind a true champion like Wisconsin is a great way to end the season," O'Connor said. "Coach Miller and the Badgers are top-notch and they deserve a lot of credit."

The Hoya lineup consisted of Juliana Pugliese, Alexis Zink, Madeline Sarason, Alex Vezina, Jana Piazza, Christianne Persenaire, Laura Donaldson, Maria Lipperini and Kristin Jasiukiewicz



"Our seniors Maria Lipperini and Kristin Jasiukiewicz have rowed in the Varsity 8 since their sophomore year," O'Connor said. "They have been great role models and leaders for the two freshman and five sophomores in the crew. I am incredibly happy they were able to end their collegiate careers on the IRA medal stand."

"The race was a display of mature and confident racing that belies the youth and relative inexperience of the crew," said Women's Head Coach Glenn Putyrae. "Although we always want to win this is a huge accomplishment."

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