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Heavyweight Rowers Sweep Columbia

Navy won all five races on Sunday.

April 29, 2012

PRINCETON, N.J. - The Navy heavyweight rowing team won all five races with Columbia on Sunday in Princeton, N.J., including the varsity eight race to retain the Stevenson Trophy. Navy's varsity eight crew defeated Columbia by just over a boat length, 6:06.9-6:10.1, to take home the Stevenson Trophy for the second consecutive year.

Navy's varsity eight boat is now 13-4 this season.

"We had a good today, it was a clean sweep," said Navy head coach Rick Clothier. "The second varsity and the varsity races were tight, but we were able to take both.

"We still have a lot of room to improve and now we'll have some time to do that without a race next week. We look forward to training for the Eastern Sprints in two weeks."

Navy's second freshman boat started the day on Lake Carnegie by defeating Columbia's first freshman lightweight crew, 6:23.3-6:39.4. The first freshman crew later followed with a win over the Lions' first freshman by posting a time of 6:09.3. Columbia's first freshman boat clocked a time of 6:14.4.

Navy's third varsity boat was split into two four boats and both finished ahead of the Lions' lone boat in the race. Navy's `A' boat posted a 7:05.7 to take first place. The Mids' `B' boat just beat Columbia across the finishing line, clocking a 7:07.2, while the Lions posted a 7:07.5.

The Mids second varsity eight squared off with Columbia's first varsity lightweight crew, and like the first varsity race, Navy beat the Lions by a boat length. Navy's second varsity turned in a 6:17.9, beating Columbia's 6:20.7.

Navy will be off next weekend and will be back in action on May 13 at the Eastern Sprints.

Navy - 6:23.3
Columbia 1F LW - 6:39.4

Navy `A' - 7:05.7
Navy `B' - 7:07.2
Columbia - 7:07.5

Navy - 6:09.3
Columbia - 6:14.4

Navy - 6:17.9
Columbia 1V LW - 6:20.7

Navy - 6:06.9
Columbia - 6:10.1



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