April 13, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. -
The Navy heavyweight rowing team combined to win seven races on Saturday as it took home the overall points title at the George Washington Invitational for the third consecutive year. Navy crews went 3-0 against Holy Cross and then won all four races against Virginia on the Potomac River in Washington, D.C.
"It was a great day and exciting to see all of our boats do well," said Navy head coach Rob Friedrich. "The varsity had two great races today and especially against Virginia. They battled a stiff headwind against Virginia but handled it very well; that was probably their best race of the weekend.
"I thought we really showed our depth today and we raced very well. George Washington does a tremendous job of hosting this event."
Navy began the day with wins over Holy Cross in all three races. The freshman eight and third varsity took on the Crusaders in the opening race and finished first and second, respectively. The freshman eight clocked a 5:45.6 and the third varsity crew followed with a 5:53.52. The Crusaders' third varsity placed third with a time of 6:08.58.
Navy's fourth varsity crew took part in the second varsity race and like the previous event, both Navy boats took the top-two spots. The Mids' second and fourth varsity crews stayed close throughout the race and in the end it was the second varsity that won by less than a boat length, 5:39.5-5:41.33. The Holy Cross second varsity followed with a 5:45.78.
In the varsity eight, Navy never trailed and won by an 11-second margin, 5:33.4-5:45.46.
In the afternoon, Navy's freshman (6:10.6-6:15.5) and second varsity eight (6:07-6:12.5) crews both topped Virginia in their respective races by five seconds.
The third and fourth varsity crews both stayed close in their race and both topped Virginia. The third varsity boat clocked a 6:08.8 and the fourth varsity a 6:10.2, Virginia crossed the finish line in 6:29.6.
Navy closed the day with a win in the varsity eight, clocking a 5:56.4, topping UVA by nearly 14 seconds.
Navy F8 5:45.60
Navy 3V 5:53.52
Holy Cross 6:08.58
Navy 4V 5:41.33
Holy Cross 5:45.78
Holy Cross 5:45.46
Navy 3V 6:08.80
Navy 4V 6:10.20