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Heavyweight Rowing Opens Season with Strong Showing Against Princeton

Navy won the third and fourth varsity competitions against Princeton on Saturday

Navy won the third and fourth varsity competitions against Princeton on Saturday

April 5, 2014

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy heavyweight rowing team came out in its season-opening meet on the Severn River and went head-to-head with the fourth-ranked team in the nation, Princeton, splitting the four-race lineup. The 12th-ranked Mids won the third and fourth varsity events, but came up short in the varsity eight and second varsity eight by a combined 1.6 seconds.

"Today was a good first step for us," said Navy head coach Rob Friedrich. "We showed the depth of our program but also rowed stroke-for-stroke with one of the top teams in the country. I was very proud of our effort and intensity."

The racing in the 83rd meeting for the Navy-Princeton Cup began early on the Severn River as the varsity eight crews competed in tight action before a late sprint to the line by the Tigers gave Princeton the 1.4-second win, 6:06.2 - 6:07.6.

The next event with the second varsity eight crews was even closer as the photo finish needed a review to declare a winner. The Tigers pulled out the 0.2-second victory with a result of 6:09.3 versus 6:09.5 for the Mids.

Tight competition continued into the third varsity race with Navy earning its first win of the day with a 6:20.2 final time. Princeton's 3V boat clocked in 6:22.4, while Navy's first freshmen boat finished at 6:29.6.

The rowing on Saturday concluded with the Mids taking the top two spots in the fourth varsity race. Navy's 4V boat completed the 2000-meter course in a time of 6:22.4, 8.3 seconds ahead of the team's 5V boat (6:30.7). Princeton's 4V crew finished with a 6:32.3 time.

"We are a very young team," said Friedrich. "They learned a lot about themselves today and what to work on to get faster."

Navy will be back in action next weekend at the George Washington Invitational. The two-day event begins on Friday afternoon before concluding on Saturday with a day-long schedule of races.


 

 

Results

Varsity 8

  1. Princeton - 6:06.2
  2. Navy - 6:07.6

2nd Varsity 8

  1. Princeton - 6:09.3
  2. Navy - 6:09.5

Third Varsity

  1. Navy 3V - 6:20.2
  2. Princeton 3V - 6:22.4
  3. Navy 1F - 6:29.6

Fourth Varsity

  1. Navy 4V - 6:22.4
  2. Navy 5V - 6:30.7
  3. Princeton 4V - 6:32.3

 

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