Heavyweight Rowers Claim the Stagg and Goes Trophies
April 20, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - With a win by the first varsity eight over Syracuse and Cornell Saturday morning on the Severn River, the Mids' top crew claimed the Goes Trophy for the second consecutive year. The second varsity crew also won its race, helping Navy win the Stagg Trophy for the most overall points between the teams. It's the first time since 2005 Navy has won the Stagg Trophy.
"I thought our crews did a great job today battling some tough conditions," said Navy head coach Rob Friedrich. "The water was a little rough, so we were forced to change courses. I thought we handled the conditions pretty well."
The varsity eight crew stayed tight with Cornell throughout the race. The Mids never trailed, but the Big Red didn't fall far behind at any point in the 2,000-meter race. Navy won with a time of 5:37.5 and Cornell followed just over a second later at 5:38.6. Syracuse took third with a 5:46.7.
"Everyone put a lot of effort into today's races and it was good to see us come out on top in a majority of them," said Navy senior Ted Baumgardner. "It was a good day and we'll enjoy it, but then get back to work tomorrow to get ready for next weekend."
In what might have been the Mids' most exciting race of the day, the second varsity came from behind to defeat both Syracuse and Cornell. The Mids got off to a slow start, but at the halfway point they got back into the race and passed Syracuse, then Cornell. Navy crossed the finish line in 5:51.8, beating Syracuse's time of 5:55.55 and Cornell's 5:58.9.
"It was a very exciting race to watch," said Friedrich. "I'm really proud of their effort."
Cornell won the first freshman race with a time of 6:02.2. Navy followed with a 6:09.1 and the Mids' fourth varsity also competed in the event, clocking a 6:10.7.
Navy led the entire way in the third varsity race and turned in a time of 5:57.0. Syracuse clocked a 6:00.0 and Cornell a 6:07.7.
Navy will take on Harvard and Penn next weekend for the Adams Cup.
Navy - 5:37.5
Cornell - 5:38.6
Stagg Trophy Standings
1. Navy - 11
2. Cornell - 9
3. Syracuse - 6