Heavyweight Rowing Begins George Washington Invitational with Pair of Wins
April 11, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In its first of three head-to-head duals this weekend at the George Washington Invitational, the Navy heavyweight rowing team posted a 2-1 record in competition against Georgetown on Friday afternoon on the Potomac River in Washington, D.C.
Navy’s day began with an inauspicious start as its freshmen eight boat was edged out in their first race of the afternoon by 2.22 seconds, 5:58.7-to-6:01.92.
"Our plebes did not handle the conditions that well in the freshman race; however, I thought Georgetown's freshmen looked very sharp and credit to them for the win,” said Navy head coach Rob Friedrich. Our fourth varsity in the same race had the lead in the first 500 meters, but then caught an over-the-head crab, knocking them out of contention."
The Mids responded in a big way with dominant performances in the following second varsity and varsity eight races.
The second varsity eight boat captured Navy’s first win with a final time of 5:46.50. The Mids’ ‘3V’ crew finished runner-up in the race at 5:55.03, while Georgetown’s entry was third at 6:00.03.
In the headlining event between the Mids and Hoyas, Navy’s varsity eight squad earned a decisive 13.0-second victory, 5:46.2-to-5:59.2.
"The conditions worsened towards the end of the day with an increasing headwind,” said Friedrich. The water was pretty rough in the second 1000 meters but we had solid races in the varsity and 2V races anyway."
After the day’s action, the Mids are in second place in the Oliver T. Carr Bowl point standings with 27 points. George Washington leads with 39 points.
Navy will be back with Day Two action at the Invitational versus Virginia at 10:50 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. against Holy Cross on Saturday.
- Georgetown – 5:58.7
- Navy – 6:01.92
- Navy ‘4V’ – 6:05.37
2nd Varsity 8
- Navy – 5:46.50
- Navy ‘3V’ – 5:55.03
- Georgetown – 6:00.03
- Navy – 5:46.2
- Georgetown – 5:59.2