By: Joseph Cicchino - Sports Information Assistant
FORT WASHINGTON -- Germantown Academy alumna Kate Horvat '14 will be giving GA fans and rowing fans a reason to root for Cambridge University in the 74th Women's Boat Race. Horvat will be rowing for the "light blues" of Cambridge against the "dark blues" of Oxford University on Sunday, April 7.
The event is an annual contest between crews from Oxford and Cambridge that takes place close to Easter each year on the River Thames in south west London. The two teams race about four miles on a river course with sweeping turns on a flood tide. According to GA's Manager of Rowing Operations/Head Novice Coach Dick O'Hern, the race is "about an 18 minute race for women, which compares to about six minutes for 'sprint' races which most rowers regularly compete in."
"It is exciting to be part of such a rich and storied racing tradition and I am honored to have been selected for the crew out of a very competitive group of athletes," said Horvat. "It is also thrilling to be a part of such an eminent race within the rowing community.
"Honestly, I was just really happy and somewhat relieved to have been selected and proud to have won all my seat races," add Horvat, who earned a spot on the boat through hard work day in and day out at practice. "It is a huge honor and I am excited to represent the light blue on race day."
O'Hern added that Horvat's participation in this race is "unquestionably the most high-profile racing any graduate of our team has ever done." Horvat will be rowing seat five during The Boat Race.
It's noted that these legendary men and women's two-boat races draw around 250,000 people each year to the banks of the River Thames, and that millions of people watch it on television and live streams.
"I am most excited to be actually racing, in the thick of it, with the adrenaline pumping," said Horvat. "I love racing and cannot wait to lay down our best piece as a crew.
This year's race will begin at 9:13am (local Philadelphia time) and will be broadcast on BBC1. According to RadioTimes.Com, fans can live stream the races via the BBC Sport website and BBC iPlayer.
Horvat is spending this academic year working on a master's degree at Cambridge University.