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Heavyweight Rowing Program Finishes Seventh at Eastern Sprints

Navy earned 21 team points on Sunday at the Eastern Sprints

Navy earned 21 team points on Sunday at the Eastern Sprints

May 18, 2014

WORCESTER, Mass. - The Navy heavyweight rowing program had a strong showing at the 2014 Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges Sprints on Sunday. Racing on a 2000-meter course on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. the Mids participated in grand finals in four of six races and were led by top-three finishes by the second varsity, fourth varsity and second freshman eight boats.

As a team, the Mids finished seventh in the Rowe Cup standings with 21 points.

"It was a bittersweet day for us today," said Navy head coach Rob Friedrich. "Unfortunately, we lost two of our key rowers within the past three days and all of our varsity crews practiced with new lineups on Saturday. With that said, our 2V and 4V had great efforts and rose to the occasion."

In a loaded field of varsity eight programs, Navy's V8 boat put down a competitive time of 5:38.439 in its qualifying heat that saw it finish third, just 1.725 seconds shy of Northeastern's first place result of 5:36.714. Yale's time of 5:37.452 nudged Navy out of the event's grand final. In the petite final, Wisconsin took first at 5:35.998, while the Mids finished third at 5:38.710. Columbia finished a mere 0.809 seconds ahead of Navy for second place at 5:37.901.

In second varsity eight action, the Mids opened the day with a time of 5:46.691 in heat number one to place second behind Northeastern (5:43.216). In the afternoon's grand final, Navy faced off in a tight four-team battle. At the end of the 2000 meters, the Huskies of Northeastern were victorious with a time of 5:37.781. Princeton (5:38.837), Navy (5:39.733) and Brown (5:39.811) all finished in a tight pack within 2.03 seconds of Northeastern for spots two through four.

"The bronze for the 2V might be the first medal for us in that event in 20 years," said Friedrich. "The three seniors in the stern of that boat (Jordan Bowman, Ethan Palmer and Grant Buckley) led the charge in a very deep, exciting grand final. I couldn't be more proud of those guys and what they accomplished."


 

 

Racing in the third heat, the Mids of the third varsity eight crew were the top qualifier in the heat with a time of 5:50.102. Navy held off Princeton (5:50.688) by 0.586 seconds. In the grand final, Navy improved its time by 2.074 seconds and finished tied for fifth overall with Cornell at 5:48.028. Brown was the gold medalist in the 3V8 with a time of 5:37.250.

In the final varsity event, the fourth varsity eight, the Mids put together back-to-back top-three performances as they finished second in their qualifying heat at 5:53.923 and third in the grand final with a time of 5:54.511. Boston University's `A' and `B' crews went one and two ahead of Navy with times of 5:49.411 and 5:52.469, respectively.

"The 4V also had a great race, earning a bronze medal and showing the depth of our team," said Friedrich. "The Varsity and 3V were most affected by the changed line-ups and I know there is more speed we can get out of those boats for the IRA."

Navy had entries in both the first and second freshman races on Sunday. In first freshman action, the Mids posted a qualifying time of 6:02.650 and a 5:54.933 result in the petite final to finish first. In a three-team second freshman grand final, the Mids took second behind Wisconsin with a 5:56.315 to 6:05.502 decision.

"Our plebe boats had solid races but were a little disappointed with their results," said Friedrich. "There is some great talent and strong walk-ons in that group and I am looking forward to their development on the varsity next year."

Navy will next be in action at the IRA Championships in West Windsor, N.J. The three-day national championship begins on Friday, May 30 and runs through Sunday, June 1.

Results

1st Varsity - Heat 1        

  1. Northeastern - 5:36.714
  2. Yale - 5:37.452
  3. Navy - 5:38.439
  4. Dartmouth - 5:47.500
  5. George Washington - 5:48.966
  6. Georgetown - 5:51.487

1st Varsity - Petite Final

  1. Wisconsin - 5:35.998
  2. Columbia - 5:37.901
  3. Navy - 5:38.710
  4. Penn - 5:40.241
  5. Dartmouth - 5:47.379

2nd Varsity - Heat 1

  1. Northeastern - 5:43.216
  2. Navy - 5:46.691
  3. Dartmouth - 5:47.755
  4. Syracuse - 5:49.702
  5. Penn - 5:51.168
  6. Rutgers - 6:22.204

2nd Varsity - Grand Final

  1. Northeastern - 5:37.781
  2. Princeton - 5:38.837
  3. Navy - 5:39.733
  4. Brown - 5:39.811
  5. Harvard - 5:41. 170
  6. Boston U. - 5:42.769

3rd Varsity - Heat 3

  1. Navy - 5:50.102
  2. Princeton - 5:50.688
  3. Syracuse - 5:53.608
  4. Wisconsin - 5:56.963

3rd Varsity - Grand Final

  1. Brown - 5:37.250
  2. Northeastern - 5:38.441
  3. Boston U. - 5:42.692
  4. Princeton - 5:46.739
  5. Navy - 5:48.028
  6. Cornell - 5:48.028

4th Varsity - Heat 2

  1. Brown - 5:53.509
  2. Navy - 5:53.923
  3. Syracuse - 5:58.747
  4. Dartmouth - 6:05.036
  5. Holy Cross - 6:14.572
  6. Princeton `B' - 6:37.783

4th Varsity - Grand Final

  1. Boston U. `A' - 5:49.411
  2. Boston U. `B' - 5:52.469
  3. Navy - 5:54.511
  4. Syracuse - 5:57.955
  5. Brown - 5:58.173
  6. Cornell - 6:01.126

1st Freshman - Heat 2

  1. Brown - 5:50.751
  2. Cornell - 5:51.937
  3. Georgetown - 5:58.036
  4. Navy - 6:02.650

1st Freshman - Petite Final

  1. Navy - 5:54.933
  2. Penn - 5:55.496

2nd Freshman - Grand Final

  1. Wisconsin - 5:56.315
  2. Navy - 6:05.502
  3. Penn - 6:11.168

Rowe Cup Standings

  1. Harvard - 35
  2. Brown - 35
  3. Northeastern - 24
  4. Princeton - 23
  5. Cornell - 22
  6. Wisconsin - 21
  7. Navy - 20
  8. Boston U. - 17
  9. Yale - 10
  10. Penn - 8
  11. George Washington - 8
  12. Columbia - 8
  13. Georgetown - 7
  14. Dartmouth - 6
  15. Syracuse - 2
  16. Rutgers/MIT/Holy Cross - 0

 

 

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