UMW entered nn boats in the Occoquan Sprints regatta, hosted by George Mason at Sandy Run Park, Fairfax Station, VA on Sunday, 3 April 2016. Weather conditions were extremely challenging, with wind gusts well in excess of 20 miles per hour. UMW scratched the men’s pair entry due to safety concerns. The starting platform could not be used due to the high winds, so floating starts were used, making it difficult to compare times. Only the 8+ races had heats and finals – all other races were considered final races, even if several heats.
The UMW Men’s varsity 4+ crew of Kyle Moran, Noah King, John Bentley, TJ Muratore, and coxswain Dillon Margolis won their heat race, beating crews from Grand Valley State, William and Mary, University of Maryland, and George Mason.
The UMW freshmen/novice 4+ crew took third place in their race, losing to Loyola Maryland and University of North Carolina, but beating crews from George Mason and St. John’s College.
The men’s junior varsity 8+ took 5th, finishing ahead of the University of Maryland, but being bested by crews from University of Delaware, University of North Carolina, George Mason, and Grand Valley State.
The men’s varsity 8+ took fourth place in the final, behind crews from the University of Delaware, Grand Valley State, and University of North Carolina. Placing behind UMW were crews from Loyola Maryland, George Mason, and University of Maryland.
The women’s second varsity 8+ won their petite final, finishing overall in 7th place out of 8 entries.
The women’s club varsity 4+ crew took third place in their race, falling to crews from Virginia Tech and VCU, but besting the crew from the University of Maryland.
The women’s freshman/novice 4+ crew took third place in their race behind Loyola Maryland and George Mason, but finishing ahead of the crew from VCU.
The women’s varsity 8+ finished fourth place in their heat race behind crews from Drexel, George Mason, and Loyola Maryland. This qualified the crew for the petite final, but the UMW crew was scratched due to safety concerns with the strong winds.