The Mary Washington Eagles crew raced in their first regatta of the season on Sunday, 15 October 2017 on the Occoquan Reservoir, Fairfax Station, VA. The Occoquan Chase is a head race that is roughly 5000 meters long, with each the placing of the crews based on elapsed time over the race course.
In the college freshman/novice men's 8+ race, the top Virginia Tech men's freshman 8+ started first, followed by the UMW entry, a second Virginia Tech entry, and a novice adult crew from the DC Strokes boat club in Washington DC. In the first 1000 meters of the race, UMW was able to close the gap with the lead-off Va Tech boat, but was never able to pass them. Nevertheless, closing the gap by almost 4 seconds proved to be sufficient, with UMW winning the "Champion of the Chase" T-shirts for first place in the college freshman/novice men's 8+ race with a winning time of 19:40.4. The UMW crew was coxed by Delaney Resweber, with stroke Angus Long, John Wray, Quinton Veach, Max Radel, Chris Kostrzewa, Andrew Radel, Tim Morris, and Kieran O'Hare.
In the men's open 4+ race, UMW entered two crews. The first entry, coxed by Delaney Resweber with stroke Kyle Moran, Sean Ingraham, Ty Michels, and Dan Pan placed 5th out of 13 entries. Faster crews were two crews from George Mason, the lead VCU entry, and a George Mason alumni entry. In this race, UMW beat another GMU entry, as well as Franklin and Marshal, a second VCU entry, the lead Virginia Tech entry, James Madison, the second UMW entry, the Fighting Gobbler Boat Club entry, and Univ of Maryland/Baltimore County. The second UMW entry with coxswain AK Camper, stroke Angus Long, John Wray, Quinton Veach, and Alex Dubik had three freshmen in the crew but held their own against the older and more experienced crews, finishing in 11th place just 50 seconds behind the 5th place UMW entry in the tightly contested open 4+ race where there was less than 2 minutes of time difference between the second place VCU crew (time 18:46.5) and the 12th place Fighting Gobblers crew (time 20:42.9).
In the women's open 4+ race, UMW entered one crew, coxed by Emily Siegfried with stroke Corinne Kuge, Zhanna Camp, Lauren Chartier, and Kiele Marston. The UMW crew was able to beat Univ of Maryland/Baltimore County in elapsed time, but incurred a 1 minute penalty which placed them behind UMBC. Four of the top five entries in this race were from the greater Washington DC adult boat clubs Capital Rowing Club and Thompson's Boat Center. Other collegiate teams with faster times included Franklin and Marshall, Virginia Tech, and James Madison.