April 12, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Navy heavyweight rowing team backed up a strong showing on Friday with an even more impressive outing on Saturday at the George Washington Invitational as it won eight of eight races versus Virginia, Holy Cross and George Washington. Racing on the Potomac River, the Mids went four-for-four in morning action against the Cavaliers before coming back in the afternoon and winning three times against the Crusaders and once against the host Colonials.
“It was a great two days of racing,” said Navy head coach Rob Friedrich. “I thought our boats raced well and are continuing to improve. The headwinds picked up at the end of the day and our varsity and second varsity handled it well. The plebes also had a good day and raced closer to their true speed.”
Navy’s freshmen corps were in action first in the morning session with a pair of races, the second freshmen eight and the first freshmen eight. In the initial 2F8 competition, Navy earned the victory with a 16.8-second win, 6:08.9 to 6:25.7. The Mids’ first F8 boat made it two wins in the session over Virginia as they too earned a 16-plus second win, this time with a 5:55.20 to 6:11.68 result.
In the second varsity eight race, Navy collected first and second-place finishes with a 5:43.90 time by its 2V8 boat and a 5:51.26 time by its 3V8 squad. Virginia’s entry took third place with a time of 5:58.09.
Navy’s V8 crew completed the morning sweep for the Mids with a 14.8-second win over the Cavaliers, 5:37.9 to 5:52.7.
In the afternoon, Navy participated in a four-race lineup with three head-to-head events versus Holy Cross and a second freshmen eight race against George Washington.
The Mids’ 2F8 boat earned its second win of the day with 2.5-second win over the Colonials, 6:05.60 to 6:08.10.
In Navy and Holy Cross action, the Mids finished first and second in the third varsity eight race with times of 5:57.90 by its 3V8 boat and 6:00.70 by its F8 crew. Holy Cross took third in the race with a 6:06.60 result.
Navy’s 2V8 squad finished the day at two-for-two with a dominant 28.5-second win over Holy Cross’ boat, 5:59.20 to 6:27.70.
In the varsity eight race, Navy’s V8 boat earned its third win of 10 or more seconds at the Invite with a 11.5-second win at 6:00.10 to 6:11.60.
After the weekend’s action was completed, Navy came in second to George Washington in the Oliver T. Carr Bowl standings. The host Colonials outscored the Mids, 108-93.
Navy will be back on the water next weekend in Ithaca, N.Y. in a three-team meet with Syracuse and Cornell.
2nd Freshmen 8
- Navy – 6:08.90
- Virginia – 6:25.70
- Navy – 5:55.20
- Virginia – 6:11.68
2nd Varsity 8
- Navy – 5:43.90
- Navy ‘3V’ – 5:51.26
- Virginia – 5:58.09
- Navy – 5:37.90
- Virginia – 5:52.70
3rd Varsity 8
- Navy – 5:57.90
- Navy ‘F8’ – 6:00.70
- Holy Cross – 6:06.60
2nd Varsity 8
- Navy – 5:59.20
- Holy Cross – 6:27.70
- Navy – 6:00.10
- Holy Cross – 6:11.60
2nd Freshmen 8
- Navy – 6:05.60
- GW – 6:08.10