Heavyweight Crew Competes at Goes Trophy Competition
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The No. 15 Navy heavyweight crew program hit the road on Saturday for EARC league action versus No. 11 Cornell and No. 13 Syracuse at the Onondaga Lake Outlet in Syracuse. The Goes Trophy was on the line for the first varsity eight race, while the Stagg Trophy would be going home with the highest scoring team. Unfortunately for the Mids on Saturday, the Big Red went home with the Goes hardware, while the Orange took control of the Stagg Trophy. Navy placed first in the fourth varsity eight race and second in the third varsity competition to highlight the team’s performance.
The first varsity crews led off the racing on Saturday. The Mids got off to a fast start over the 2,000-meter course leading for a majority of the competition before the Big Red and Orange overtook them in the final quarter of the race. Cornell came in first at 5:58.1 with Syracuse in second at 5:59.1. Navy placed third with a time of 6:04.3.
“In our varsity race, we took a commanding lead off the start and pulled out to almost eight seats on both Cornell and Syracuse,” remarked head coach Rob Friedrich. “We held the lead until 500 meters to go and then the wheels came off and Cornell and Syracuse went right through us. We have a young crew and we are still learning how to finish our races.”
In the second varsity eight event, Navy broke out to an initial lead, but Syracuse and Cornell controlled the final two-thirds of the race. Orange ended up taking the victory at 6:03.8. The Big Red were 1.3 seconds off the pace at 6:05.1, while the Mids posted a time of 6:15.7.
"We had a great start to the 2V race, but only held the lead for the first 500,” said Friedrich. “We struggled to get into a good rhythm at base. We know that boat can go faster and we have high expectations for this crew."
Navy started finding better results in the third varsity race as the Mids placed second behind the Orange. Syracuse and Navy posted respective times of 6:13.4 and 6:17.6. Cornell was off the pace in third at 6:22.9.
"Our 3V also had a great start and had a length lead on both Cornell and Syracuse after 500 meters,” said Friedrich. “Syracuse did not pull even with them until 300 meters to go and we could not match their sprint. This is our youngest boat and I know they will continue to get faster through the rest of the season."
The final race of the day was the fourth varsity matchup. In a spaced out contest, Navy cruised to a 5.2-second victory over the field at 6:16.5. Cornell placed second at 6:21.7, while Syracuse was third at 6:32.8.
"Our 4V was the only boat not to get up off the start, but they settled down and went to work at base,” remarked Friedrich. “As they pulled away from Cornell, they started to pull even with Syracuse at the 1,000-meter mark. It was a seat-for-seat race for the third 500 and then we started to pull away for the win."
With its first place results in the 2V and 3V races, as well as a runner-up finish in the 1V, Syracuse took home the Stagg Trophy for the first time since 2011.
"We had a very frustrating day in Syracuse,” said Friedrich. “I don't feel some of our margins really reflect how competitive we were. Today was a valuable lesson and I'm sure we will learn from this effort moving forward. The guys were motivated and attacked the race head on, but we need to race better in the home stretch."
Navy will be in action next Saturday, April 21 at home with the three-team Adams Cup competition. The Mids Will Race alongside Harvard and Penn on the Severn River beginning at 7:15 a.m.
First Varsity 8
Cornell – 5:58.1
Syracuse – 5:59.1
Navy – 6:04.3
Second Varsity 8
Syracuse – 6:03.8
Cornell – 6:05.1
Navy – 6:15.7
Third Varsity 8
Syracuse – 6:13.4
Navy – 6:17.6
Cornell – 6:22.9
Fourth Varsity 8
Navy – 6:16.5
Cornell – 6:21.7
Syracuse – 6:32.8