Heavyweight Crew Sweeps Syracuse and Cornell on Saturday
ITHACA, N.Y. – The Navy heavyweight rowing team turned in its best performance of the 2017 season as the No. 18 Mids swept a four-race slate versus No. 14 Cornell and No. 15 on a 2,000-meter course on the Cayuga Lake Inlet. The Mids defeated the Orange and Big Red in all four competitions and captured both the Goes Trophy and Stagg Cup.
“After some tough races and disappointing results last weekend, the Mids really did some great work this past week and tapped into the potential we've seen in each crew,” exclaimed head coach Rob Friedrich. “Against such great competition, it was great to see the Varsity Eight showing its true speed, and they needed every bit of it to hold off a hard-charging Syracuse at the end. It was tremendous racing by all three schools, but each Navy boat found a great rhythm through the middle thousand that kept its bow in the lead all the way to the line.
“It was especially gratifying to see the team to win the Stagg Cup. Today's results were a complete team effort: from the 5V, who had to race as a guest in the lightweight races, through the 4V, 3V and 2V races, each crew kept adding to the momentum of the day--and they inspired the Varsity to step up and win the big prize. These boats push each other in practice every day, and we have a sixth and seventh eight back home in Annapolis that keeps the pressure on the traveling boats, too. Winning the points trophies on our schedule highlights what Navy Crew is all about: Brotherhood and team depth.”
In the first of four extremely close races on Saturday, Navy’s fourth varsity went one-on-one with Cornell and edged the host Big Red crew by 2.7 seconds at 5:53.1 to 5:55.8.
The three-team action picked up with the third varsity race and Navy clocked in 3.0 seconds ahead of Cornell and 6.7 seconds clear of Syracuse. The Mids’ time was 5:47.8.
Another close contest occurred for the second varsity boats as Navy finished 2.3 seconds in front of Syracuse at 5:46.9 to 5:49.2. Cornell was less than a second behind Syracuse with a time of 5:49.8.
In the headlining first varsity eight race for the Goes Trophy, Navy faced its stiffest challenge as the Mids battled throughout with the Orange before holding them off by 1.1 seconds at 5:36.0 to 5:37.1. Cornell placed third at 5:40.7.
In addition to bringing the Goes Trophy back to Hubbard Hall, the Mids also took home the Stagg Cup as the highest scoring team. as a result of netting the highest point total amongst action between the top-three boats.
Racing as a guest in the Cornell-Princeton lightweight fifth varsity event at the same course, Navy’s heavyweight boat earned an 8.7-second win over Princeton and a 10.4-second margin of victory ahead of Cornell.
“We told the Mids today that the heart of our season starts with the Goes Trophy, and we are excited to get back to work for our next challenge: Harvard and Penn for the Adams Cup next week,” said Friedrich.
Navy will continue regular season next Saturday in Philadelphia in the three-team Adams Cup competition. The first race is set for a 9:30 a.m. start.
Navy – 5:36.0
Syracuse – 5:37.1
Cornell – 5:40.7
Navy – 5:46.9
Syracuse – 5:49.2
Cornell – 5:49.8
Navy – 5:47.8
Cornell – 5:50.8
Syracuse – 5:54.5
Navy – 5:53.1
Cornell – 5:55.8
Navy HWT – No Time
Princeton LWT 5V – 8.7 seconds behind
Cornell LWT 5V – 10.4 second behind
First Varsity 8
Second Varsity 8
Third Varsity 8
Fourth Varsity 8
Fifth Varsity 8