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“It is hard to make that boat go as fast as you want to. The enemy, of course, is resistance of the water, as you have to displace the amount of water equal to the weight of men and equipment, but that very water is what supports you and that very enemy is your friend. So is life: the very problems you must overcome also support you and make you stronger in overcoming them. —George Yeoman Pocock”
Where Rock Creek flows into the Potomac, between the Kennedy Center and the Georgetown Waterfront, a boathouse has been home to rowers since the late 1800’s. Thompson Boathouse serves 14 high schools and 2 universities, along with endless other activity. It’s one of the few mega boathouse in the country.
Rowing at Georgetown has a distinguished history dating back to the founding of the Boat Club in 1876.
The men have won 5 national championships at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta, the most recent being the men’s varsity lightweight fours with coxswain on June 5, 2016. The first national championship win was in 1991 with the varsity heavyweight fours with coxswain.
Under the guidance of coaches Luke Agnini and Steve Full, Georgetown competes as a member of the top leagues in American rowing, the Eastern Association of Rowing Collegesand Eastern Association of Women’s Rowing Colleges. Georgetown’s four crew teams have seen success in recent years, including trips to the Henley Royal Regatta and entry into the Eastern Sprints for the men’s heavyweight and lightweight teams and second-in-the-nation finishes for both men’s and women’s lightweight teams. Many Georgetown oarsmen and -women have gone on to represent the United States on national and Olympic teams.