Harvard Upends Navy Heavyweights in Adams Cup Competition
PHILADELPHIA – The No. 13 Navy heavyweight rowing team went up against a challenging pair of EARC rivals on Saturday in racing on the Schuylkill River against No. 3 Harvard and No. 10 Penn. When the Adams Cup action was complete the Mids turned in a win in the fifth varsity race and runner-up performances in the second, third and fourth varsity contests.
"Our boats raced hard today, but we did not accomplish everything we set out to do,” remarked head coach Rob Friedrich. “The first varsity had a very tight race with Penn all the way down the course but could not hold on to a very fast Harvard crew.”
In the headlining first varsity event, the Adams Cup was on the line for Harvard, Penn and Navy. The Crimson pulled away down the stretch and clocked in at 5:27.0, while Penn held off Navy for second place by 1.3 seconds at 5:35.3 to 5:36.6.
The second varsity contest saw a similar script play out, though Navy and Penn flipped positions. Harvard won the race with a result of 5:37.4 before Navy came in second at 5:42.4 and Penn in third at 5:46.1.
"I thought our second varsity had a solid race upsetting Penn and closed the gap on Harvard slightly with a strong finish,” noted Friedrich.
Navy earned its second runner-up placement in the third varsity eight race as the Mids finished behind the Crimson, but ahead of the Quakers with a respective time of 5:49.2. The 3V8 race saw Harvard post a 5:42.6 time and Penn a 5:58.9.
"Our 3V also had a good race against Penn but fell short of a very good Harvard crew,” said Friedrich.
The Mids and Crimson went one-on-one for the final two lower boat races. In the fourth varsity event, Harvard edged Navy by 3.2 seconds at 5:40.9 to 5:44.1.
“I was very proud of our fourth varsity boat, who has four walk-on freshmen in it,” remarked Friedrich. “They got down to Harvard early but fought hard to keep it close and never let Harvard pull away.”
Navy’s lone win of the day came from its fifth varsity ranks as the Mids crushed the Crimson by nearly 20 seconds with a final time of 5:46.1. Harvard clocked in at 6:05.4.
"Our fifth varsity remains undefeated and represents the depth of our program and they row for the guys that we leave home each weekend,” said Friedrich. “Each week we gain a little more race experience and I know we have even more speed to gain."
Navy will conclude it regular season next Sunday, April 30 as one of four team as a quad-meet in Mercer County, N.J. versus Columbia, George Washington and Hobart College.
First Varsity 8
Harvard – 5:27.0
Penn – 5:35.3
Navy – 5:36.6
Second Varsity 8
Harvard – 5:37.4
Navy – 5:42.4
Penn – 5:46.1
Third Varsity 8
Harvard – 5:42.6
Navy – 5:49.2
Penn – 5:58.9
Fourth Varsity 8
Harvard – 5:40.9
Navy – 5:44.1
Fifth Varsity 8
Navy – 5:46.1
Harvard – 6:05.4