April 14, 2012
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -
The Navy heavyweight varsity eight crew defeated both Cornell and Syracuse on Saturday in Syracuse, N.Y., to win the Goes Trophy. The seventh-ranked Mids held off No. 11 Cornell by less than a boat length to take first place, 5:48.3-5:50.2. No. 13 Syracuse finished third with a time of 5:52.0.
As a team, Navy won three of five races on Saturday.
"Today was a hard-fought, aggressive win," said Navy head coach Rick Clothier. "I'm very happy for the varsity eight and proud of all of our guys today - to win three of five races is pretty good. We have some work to do over the next two weeks in facing some tough opponents."
Navy, Cornell and Syracuse have competed for the Goes Trophy since 1955 and Saturday's win marked the 25th time the Mids have claimed the hardware. The Goes Trophy was created by Syracuse graduate Clifford "Tip" Goes in 1955 to honor coaches James Ten Eyck of Syracuse, Charles Courtney of Cornell and Richard Glendon of Navy. The trophy is presented annually to the winner of the first varsity race between the three teams.
The Midshipmen also picked up wins in the third varsity and second freshman races. Competing against just Cornell in the third varsity race, Navy was first across the finish line with a 5:59.5, defeating the Big Red by three seconds.
In the second freshman race, Navy cruised to first place by nearly nine seconds. The Mids' 6:02.6 easily topped second-place Cornell's time of 6:11.3. Syracuse placed third with a 6:32.2.
Like the first varsity race with less than two seconds separating first and second places, the second varsity race was equally as thrilling. Cornell was able to hold off Syracuse for first with a time of 5:49.7, as the Orange finished second with a 5:50.4. Navy placed third by clocking a time of 5:54.8.
The Big Red won the first freshman race with a time of 5:49.3, while Navy placed second with a time of 5:57.2.
The Midshipmen will compete for the Adams Cup next weekend when they host Harvard and Penn.
1. Navy (5:48.3)
2. Cornell (5:50.2)
3. Syracuse (5:52.0)
1. Cornell (5:49.7)
2. Syracuse (5:50.4)
3. Navy (5:54.8)
1. Cornell (5:49.3)
2. Navy (5:57.2)
3. Syracuse (6:09.9)
1. Navy (5:59.5)
2. Cornell (6:02.5)
1. Navy (6:02.6)
2. Cornell (6:11.3)
3. Syracuse (6:32.2)