Finishing strongly ahead of 2nd place Purdue and 3rd place Kansas State, GW Women won the SIRA Regatta 2013 Championship Varsity 8 event with a time of 6:34.7.
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GW men’s rowing team won a gold medal in the Freshman 8 Grand Final for the second year in a row at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Championships in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
SIRA Regatta results had the GW Freshman 8 winning the Grand Final, rowing the 2,000-meter course in 6:07.50, ahead of Virginia and Purdue. “The F8 did a great job and won their event by open water,” said Head Coach Mark Davis. “It was nice solid racing from them all weekend. They were very composed and very strong. It was the second year in a row that we won that event so big credit to assistant coach Tom Guncik and his efforts working with the freshmen.”
GW’s Varsity 8 finished in third-place in the Grand Final. The Colonials won both their heat and semifinal races on Saturday but could not complete the sweep on Sunday. Florida Tech won the event in 5:47.60, followed by Virginia (5:49.50), GW (5:54.20), Temple (5:59.40), Jacksonville (6:01.40) and North Carolina (6:01.70).
The JV8 was offered a silver lining to their regatta performances as they won the B Final after failing to qualify for the Grand Finals.
More on the racing can be read here.
GW Crew presented itself in the upper echelon of Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association schools. SIRA Regatta results included a series of strong finishes for the entire GW Crew.
Men’s Varsity 8 finished 1st, ahead of many including Virginia, Temple and Florida Tech.
Women’s Varsity 8 finished 2nd, behind Grand Valley but ahead of Purdue, Florida and Florida Tech.
Women’s JV 8 also finished 2nd, behind Kansas State but ahead of Purdue and others.
Men’s Freshmen 8 also won, finishing 1st ahead of Marietta, Virginia and Purdue.
Linda S. Miller was a two-year Colonials letter winner in women’s rowing in 1993 and ’94 after transferring to GW from Boston University. Her efforts helped to elevate the women’s program. Miller, elected captain as a senior by her teammates, was a member of the GW Varsity 8 that won the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Regatta. She also won a bronze medal at the Champion International Regatta (now the ECAC League Championship).
For the next six years, Miller trained full-time for the U.S. National Team (’94-2000) in an effort to pursue her dream of becoming an Olympic athlete. During that time, she was a member of the national team at the 1997, ’98 and ’99 World Rowing Championships. She won a bronze medal in the women’s pair at the 1998 World Championships at Cologne, Germany and a silver medal in the women’s eight at the ’99 World Championships in St. Catharine’s, Canada.
In 2000, Miller became GW’s third women’s rowing Olympian when she earned a seat in the U.S. women’s eight at Sydney, Australia. Racing in the premier event six years after concluding her GW rowing career, Miller helped the U.S. to a sixth place finish.
A native Washingtonian and a member of the Potomac Boat Club, Miller, is a graduate of T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va. Married to Martin Lowenfish, she and her husband live in Washington, have one son, Luke. Earning a Master of Public Policy at GW in 2005, she is now a policy analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).