May 5, 2013
PRINCETON, N.J. -
In its final action before the Eastern Sprints in two weeks, the Navy heavyweight rowing team took three of five races from Columbia and George Washington on Sunday in Princeton, N.J. The Mids' varsity crew retained the Stevenson Trophy for the third consecutive season as it topped Columbia. Navy won the race with a time of 5:57.2, followed by Columbia and George Washington, which posted times of 6:01.9 and 6:09.2, respectively.
"The varsity had a great race today. They were able to take the lead early and win by a good margin, so that was exciting to see," said Navy head coach Rob Friedrich. "We changed our lineup and race plan for today and it was a night and day difference from last week. Now we're excited to see what we can do at the Eastern Sprints."
The second varsity didn't fare as well as the first crew, falling to Columbia. The Lions took the lead in the first quarter of the race and then never trailed, posting a winning time of 6:08.1. Navy followed with a 6:11.3 and GW a 6:49.6.
"It was a tough loss for the second varsity today," said Friedrich.
Navy's third and fourth varsity crews were both victorious. The third varsity clipped Columbia by just over a boat-length, 6:06.9-6:09.3. Navy's fourth varsity easily got past the Lions, 6:20.4-7:08.0.
"Both the third and fourth varsity crews had very good races. It was good to see them both do well again today," said Friedrich.
In the first freshman race, GW got out to an early lead, but the Mids didn't allow the Colonials to extend their lead. Navy kept tight, but the Colonials maintained their distance from the Mids and won, 6:11.5-6:14.8.
The Mids will return to competition on May 19 with the Eastern Sprints.
Navy - 5:57.2
Columbia - 6:01.9
GW - 6:09.2
Columbia - 6:08.1
Navy - 6:11.3
GW - 6:49.6
Navy - 6:06.9
Columbia - 6:09.3
Navy - 6:20.4
Columbia - 7:08.0
GW - 6:11.5