The UMW Men's and Women's Rowing Teams concluded their fall racing season at the Head of the Occoquan regatta on Saturday, 3 November, at Sandy Run Park, Fairfax Station, VA. Fall racing season consists of long races of approximately 5000 meters, or roughly 3.1 miles. Boats start one at a time, passing through a start line where their start time is recorded, and then crossing a finish line where their finish time is recorded. Boats with the fastest times win the various races. The Head of the Occoquan is currently the sixth largest fall regatta in the eastern US, with collegiate crews from American, Catholic, Georgetown, George Mason, Univ of Delaware, Univ of Pittsburg, Robert Morris, VCU, Old Dominion, Susquehanna, Carnegie-Mellon, La Salle, Loyola, Marietta, St John's College, Penn State, Richard Stockton, St. Joseph's, St. Mary's, Univ of Maryland, Univ of Maryland Baltimore County, West Virginia, and UMW. At HOTO, Georgetown easily came away the big winner. They entered 20 boats into 13 different races, and came away with 12 wins, 4 boats placing second, and 2 more placing third.
For the UMW Women, the varsity 8+ entry consisting of cox Emily Siegfried and rowers Lauren Chartier, Maggie Hayes, Clare Driscoll, Alex Voketaitis, Kaycee Smith, Krista Beucler, Keelin O'Hara, Kiele Marston, and Kuri Benitez placed 14th out of 15, beating Susquehanna University. Georgetown had two fast entries in this race, with both entries beating third place George Mason by more than 1 minute.
UMW's Frosh/Novice 8+ entry consisting of cox Emily Siegfried and rowers Clare Driscoll, Maggie Hayes, Alex Voketaitis, Kaycee Smith, Taylor Vineyard, Keelin O'Hara, Jada Webb, and Kuri Benitez finished very well in 13th place out of 21 entries, less than 4 seconds behind 12th place St. Mary's College and less than 5 seconds behind 11th place Penn State.
The UMW Men's varsity 8+ entry consisting of cox Anna-Kathleen Camper and rowers Chris Kostrzewa, Sean Ingraham, Angus Long, Max Radel, Andrew Radel, Nick Belvin, Rory Cameron, and Dan Pan finished in 17th place out of 22 entries, finishing about 17 seconds behind Penn State. UMW's men beat crews from University at Buffalo, both crews from University of Maryland, St. Mary's, and Old Dominion.
The UMW Men's junior varsity 8+ entry consisting of cox Keely Cervantes and rowers Kevin Connolly, John Wray, Peter Kristensen, Alex Dubik, Alberic Karina-Plun, Kieran O'Hare, Ty Michels, and Corey Staier placed 6th out of 7 entries behind 5th place George Mason and beating the crew from VCU.
The UMW Men's lightweight 4+ entry consisting of cox Keely Cervantes and rowers Chris Kostrzewa, Nick Belvin, Tim Morris, and Ben Loppacker placed second behind Georgetown, with George Mason finishing 12 seconds behind UMW in third place.
UMW Rowing's next major competitions will be during the Olympic-style 2000-meter collegiate sprint season starting late March and continuing through early May.