April 27, 2013
The Navy heavyweight varsity crew came up short in its race with Harvard and Penn for the Adams Cup on Saturday morning on the Charles River in Boston, Mass. As a team, Navy won two of five races, while the Crimson took first in the varsity race, followed by Penn and then Navy.
"The varsity crew didn't have a great race," said Navy head coach Rob Friedrich. "It was a pretty flat pace for us and we didn't execute our race plan very well. Credit to Penn for a good race."
Second-ranked Harvard finished ahead of the field with a time of 5:39.7, while Penn followed with a 5:47.9 and Navy a 5:49.6. With the win, Harvard retained the Adams Cup for the 13th consecutive season.
Navy's second varsity stayed with Harvard for the first 1,500 meters of its race. However, Harvard was able to pull even and eventually won by a less than a boat length, 5:49.9-5:51.7. Penn turned in a 6:00.2.
"It was a very good race by our second varsity today," said Friedrich.
The third and fourth varsity crews both turned in solid performances on Saturday morning. The Mids' third varsity crew easily topped Harvard, 6:03.6-6:09.1. The fourth varsity also won by a large margin, turning in a time of 6:08.1. Penn took second with a 6:17.8 and Harvard third at 6:22.8.
"The third varsity was exceptional. To win by open water was impressive," said Friedrich.
Harvard edged Penn by a boat length in the freshman race, 5:52.4-5:55.3. Navy clocked a 6:04.1.
"We held them pretty tight for the first 1000, but then let them slip away in the second half," said Friedrich.
Navy will meet Columbia next Sunday for the Stevenson Trophy.
Harvard - 5:39.7
Penn - 5:47.9
Navy - 5:49.6
Harvard - 5:49.9
Navy - 5:51.7
Penn - 6:00.2
Navy - 6:03.6
Harvard - 6:09.1
Navy - 6:08.1
Penn - 6:17.8
Harvard - 6:22.8
Harvard - 5:52.4
Penn - 5:55.3
Navy - 6:04.1