Heavyweight Rowers Place All Five Boats in the Top 10 at the IRA Regatta
June 2, 2012
CAMDEN, N.J. - The Navy heavyweight rowing team gave retiring head coach Rick Clothier a solid sendoff as all five crews placed in the top 10 at the IRA National Championships on Saturday in Camden, N.J. The varsity eight placed 10th, marking its second top-10 finish since 2010. As a team, Navy also placed 10th.
"I was really proud of all our crews today. We were in the hunt and we continue to progress as a program," said Clothier, who is retiring after completing his 38th season at the helm of the Navy heavyweight rowing program. "It's sort of a happy and sad day. I'm so happy for the guys and how hard they worked, but I'm also sad to be leaving. At the same time, I know it's the right time to step away. I'm feeling really good about what we're doing with the young men in the program. We made some more progress this year and we'll continue next year."
Saturday featured several close races on the Cooper River, including the varsity eight petite final in which all four crews finished within :02 of each other.
"This is a tough, tough event," said Clothier. "These guys work so hard to prepare and then a race comes down to an inch or two. It shows you how much parity there is at this regatta."
In the varsity eight petite final, Navy finished just 0.007 behind third-place Cornell and less than :01 behind the No. 2 finisher Wisconsin. The winning crew, Princeton, clocked a 5:36.740, while Wisconsin followed with a 5:37.917, Cornell a 5:38.738 and Navy a 5:38.745.
"When you're talking about 0.007 being the difference, it tells you how close everyone is," said Clothier. "We're right there with some of the best crews in the country."
In one of the tightest races of the day - the freshman petite final - just 0.488 separated the top three crews. Princeton crossed the finish line first with a time of 5:45.293, Boston University was second with a 5:45.684 and Navy third at 5:45.781.
"The plebes just had a great race," said Clothier.
Continuing the theme of close races, the second varsity found itself in a dual with Cornell for the top spot in the petite final. The Mids wound up winning by just 0.457, turning in a time of 5:36.110, while the Big Red posted a 5:36.567.
"I thought the second varsity rowed magnificently," Clothier said. "They had a very good regatta."
Navy's varsity four and open four both competed in the grand final and produced identical results. In the varsity four grand final, Navy turned in a time of 6:36.268 to take sixth, which was :07 behind fifth-place Georgetown. The open four crew also placed sixth with a time of 6:36.954. Washington won both the varsity four and open four grand finals.
V8, Petite Final (10th overall)
1 Princeton, 5:36.740
2 Wisconsin, 5:37.917
3 Cornell, 5:38.738
4 Navy, 5:38.745
5 Pennsylvania, 5:40.445
6 Yale, 5:41.213
2V8, Petite Final (Seventh overall)
1 Navy, 5:36.110
2 Cornell, 5:36.567
3 Princeton, 5:38.179
4 Syracuse, 5:38.927
5 BU, 5:47.147
6 Pennsylvania, 5:55.523
F8, Petite Final (Ninth overall)
1 Princeton, 5:45.293
2 BU, 5:45.684
3 Navy, 5:45.781
4 Yale, 5:50.161
5 Wisconsin, 5:51.341
6 Dartmouth, 5:55.277
V4, Grand Final (Sixth overall)
1 Washington, 6:12.258
2 California, 6:14.098
3 Brown, 6:21.372
4 Northeastern, 6:26.643
5 Georgetown, 6:29.823
6 Navy, 6:36.268
O4, Grand Final (Sixth overall)
1 Washington, 6:15.257
2 Wisconsin, 6:17.344
3 California, 6:20.029
4 Harvard, 6:25.176
5 Brown, 6:27.851
6 Navy, 6:36.954