Shoremen Win Lightweight Four at Occoquan Chase

Shoremen Win Lightweight Four at Occoquan Chase

Shoremen Also Take Fourth in Open Four, Open Eight

LORTON, VA -- The Washington College men's rowing team claimed first place in the lightweight men's open four and fourth in both the open men's four and open men's eight at the Occoquan Chase today in Lorton, VA.

The Shoremen's lightweight four turned in a first-place time of 16:48.21 in a five-boat race. All four of the other boats in the race were from NCAA Division I schools. Lafayette was second in 17:12.55, George Mason third in 17:57.27, Virginia Commonwealth fourth in 18:01.63, and Liberty fifth in 19:05.38.

Sophomore Becca Wozniak (Mt. Airy, MD/South Carroll) was the coxswain of the Shoremen's boat in the lightweight men's four. Sophomore Colin Mitchell (Burlingame, CA/Burlingame) sat stroke, junior Mitch Witherow (Ocean City, MD/Stephen Decatur) was in the three seat, junior Lawrence Baker (Shady Side, MD/Southern) sat in the two seat, and sophomore Anthony Cairo (Port Murray, NJ/Warren Hills) was the bow.

In the open men's four, the Shoremen's "A" boat finished fourth of 15 boats in 16:46.36.  Washington's "B" boat placed ninth in 17:41.25. The Shoremen's two boats were the only two in the race from an NCAA Division III institution. The University of Virginia was the only collegiate boat to finish ahead of the Shoremen's "A" boat, winning the race in 15:46.65. A boat of George Mason alumni was second in 16:34.88, while Capital Rowing Club was third in 16:35.22.  

Junior Jeff Nutting (Catonsville, MD/Mount St. Joseph) was the coxswain of the Shoremen's "A" boat in the open men's four.  Junior Robert Storck (Wilton, CT/St. Mark's School [MA]) sat stroke, sophomore Nick Stewart (Greenwich, CT/Greenwich) was in the three seat, junior Parker McIntosh (Berlin, MD/Worcester Prep) sat in the two seat, and sophomore Conor Howlett (Tampa, FL/H.B. Plant) was the bow. 

Sophomore Chris Moylan (Silver Spring, MD/DeMatha) was the coxswain of the Shoremen's "B" boat in the open men's four. Sophomore Blake Weishaar (Denton, MD/Sts. Peter & Paul) sat stroke, senior Sean Harrison (Richmond, VA/Hazelton Area [PA]) was in the three seat, junior Kyle Benk (Bloomsburry, NJ/Phillipsburg) was in the two seat, and sophomore Rob Billings (Easton, MD/Easton) was the bow.

In the open men's eight, Washington's "A" boat was fourth of 11 boats in 15:22.77, while the "B" boat finished fifth in 15:42.71. The Shoremen's boats were again the only boats from an NCAA Division III institution in the race.  Virginia's "A" boat won the race in 14:12.46, followed by George Mason in second in 14:55.51 and Virginia's "B" boat in third in 14:57.10.

Nutting was the coxswain of the Shoremen's "A" boat in the open men's eight. Storck sat stroke, Stewart was in the seven seat, McIntosh was in the six seat, Howlett sat in the five seat, senior Miqdad Annab (Mechanicsburg, PA/Cumberland Valley) was in the four seat, Cairo was in the three seat, sophomore Dominic DiMarino (Wilmington, DE/Concord) sat in the two seat, and Mitchell was the bow. 

Moylan served as coxswain of the Shoremen's "B" boat in the open men's eight. Baker sat stroke, Witherow was in the seven seat, junior Aric Charowsky (Townsend, DE/St. Thomas More Prep) was in the six seat, Harrison sat in the five seat, freshman Ian Briggs (Huntsville, AL/The Gow School [NY]) sat in the four seat, sophomore Jack McCarthy (Long Beach Island, NJ/The Hun School) was in the three seat, sophomore Drew Pizzala (Towson, MD/Boys' Latin) sat in the two seat, and sophomore Max Villa (Great Meadows, NJ/Pope John XXIII) was the bow.

The Shoremen return to action Saturday at the Philadelphia Children's Foundation Regatta in Philadelphia.  Washington will also have one boat competing at the Head of the Charles in Boston the following day.