Heavyweight Rowing Team Wins Three Events at Head of the Potomac
Navy boats went 3-for-3 in races on Sunday
Sept. 29, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Navy heavyweight rowing team had a successful open to its fall 2013 season with a three-for-three showing at the Head of the Potomac event. Racing on the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., Navy had boats entered in the Club 8, Open 8 and Open 4 races, and in each competition the Mids were victorious.
“Overall, I thought all of our boats raced real well today” said head coach Rob Friedrich. “We were excited to be out on the water in our first competition of the year. The opportunity to race in Washington, our nation’s capital was also very special for our team today.”
Beginning with the Club 8 race, which featured plebe Midshipmen crews, Navy’s ‘A’ squad cruised to an 11.7-second victory over Georgetown’s ‘A’ entry with a final time of 14:00.0. Holding a 9.4-second advantage over the Hoyas at the Key Bridge race marker, the Mids pulled away for the victory.
Navy’s ‘B’ entry in the Club 8 race finished in fifth place with a time of 14:29.4.
“Our plebe crew was outstanding today; to go head-to-head with a talented Georgetown varsity heavyweight team and come away with a victory was impressive. We’re very excited for this year’s group of plebes and how they’ll transition into varsity competition.”
In the Mid’s second race of the day, the Open 8, Navy’s ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams went one-two with final results of 14:03.1 and 14:09.1, respectively. Challenged by the Potomac Boat Club’s ‘A’ entry, Navy ‘B’ held on to second place by a 3.3-second margin.
Navy had three more crews race in the Open 8, those boats finished in fourth, fifth and sixth place.
The Mids concluded their season opening competition with their third victory of the day in Event 21. Racing in the Open 4, Navy ‘A’ dominated the 10-boat field with a 15.1-second victory at 15:24.1. With a 7.1-second lead over Georgetown ‘A’ at Key Bridge, the Mids more than doubled their lead down the stretch.
Navy’s three other entries in the Open 4, finished consecutively in third, fourth and fifth place.
The heavyweight program will step away from competition next weekend before racing at the Navy Day Regatta on Saturday, Oct. 12 in Philadelphia, Pa.
Event #10 Men’s Club Eight
1. Navy ‘A’ - 14:00.0
5. Navy ‘B’ - 14:29.4
Event #15 Men’s Open Eight
1. Navy ‘A’ - 14:03.1
2. Navy ‘B’ - 14:09.1
4. Navy ‘C’ - 14:26.8
5. Navy ‘D’ - 14:39.5
6. Navy ‘E’ - 14:47.0
Event #21 Men’s Open Four
1. Navy ‘A’ - 15:24.1
3. Navy ‘B’ - 15:54.5
4. Navy ‘C’ - 15:56.6
5. Navy ‘D’ - 15:59.3