June 21, 2013
WELCOME HOME : REUNION ROW 2013
On Saturday, June 1, 2013, Georgetown alumni reunion brought back to Thompson's Boathouse 6 eights of rowing alums plus family members, friends and a few former rowers who preferred to watch. Alumni graduating in years ending in 3 and 8 arrived at the river at 9:00 am with rowing conditions about as perfect as it gets on the Potomac.
The Annual Fund for Athletics, Hoyas Unlimited, and GRAA were on hand with bagels, coffee and juice to help get the blood flowing. (Thank you, Myrhia Brewer and John Kenchelian) And a big thanks for organizing the boats to J.J. Forster '70, Vince Puma '91, David Don '93, and Will Packard '84.
April 18, 2013
Spring Row Weekend 2013
|The Hoya heavyweight varsity edged out UVA on Saturday morning|
Last weekend, an estimated 200 alumni, parents and friends of the Crew came together on the banks of the river where they witnessed multiple Hoya victories on the race course while connecting and renewing relationships first formed in the Georgetown Rowing experience.
| Past GRA presidents Drew Schreiber ‘86, David Don ‘93 joined current |
president Neil Lane ‘85 at the river
|The GRA open meeting and lunch drew alums, parents and friends|
|Bert Mason ‘67, Mike Hughes ‘66, Arlene and Ed Witman ‘67|
|Former coach Walt Barber and HW assistant coach Frank Benson eye the race progression on the teletron|
|Tiger Sergeant ‘65, Linda Hoeschler, and Mike Mullin ‘64|
|Crew alum and parent of current rower, Terry Fitzgerald ‘80 with Drew Schreiber|
Highlighting the daytime activities on Saturday were two ceremonies: the first honoring former rower and coach John J. Forster ‘70 with the dedication of the Forster Challenge Cup, presented annually to the winner of the race between the Georgetown and Navy lightweight men; and the second, the christening of a new shell, “The Spirit of ‘62,” a gift from the Cadle era rowers. Lastly, enough senior oarsmen showed up at the dock on Sunday morning for a refreshing row on the river.
|The Lightweight Varsity scored an impressive come-from-behind victory over Navy to capture the inaugural John J. Forster Challenge cup|
|Varsity Lightweight captains Chan Mahaney ‘13 and Jack |
Devlin ‘13 with Forster Cup
|Claiming the Cup: Varsity LW squad with Jay Forster|
|Neil Lane ‘85 helps to dedicate the Forster Cup as Varsity LW coach Sam Stitt, Jay Forster ‘70 and Pat McArdle ‘72 look on|
|Jay Forster ‘70 and Lightweight assistant Vince Puma ‘90 with the Cup|
|The Spirit Lives On!|
|Linda Hoeschler and Frank Barrett '61|
|Linda Hoeschler christens the shell with a bubbly bath|
|Past and present rowers show their approval|
|Erik Meyers '71, Athletic Director Lee Reed, and Coach Tony Johnson|
Unofficial videographer of the weekend: Don Whamond '61
|Coxswains United: Bethany Bisko ‘15, Kerri McKie ‘13, and Nathaniel Liu ‘13 with Tiger Sergeant ‘65|
|Heavyweights Ben Holtzmuller '13 and Henry Hoffstot ‘13 with Pat Doyle ‘63|
|Heavyweight rower Graham Miller ‘16 and Mike Mullin ‘64|
|Saturday dinner at the Cosmos Club with Ted Kundtz ‘67, Ed Witman ‘67, Mike Vespoli ‘68, and head coach Tony Johnson|
Many attendees made their way to the crew table where they found removable crew tattoos and were able to purchase one of the colorful Georgetown oar hats for sale. It was a memorable weekend and had everyone looking forward to the 2014 edition.
Patrick J McArdle,
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