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Navy Rowing Wins Four Events At Navy Day Regatta

Navy won four races at the Navy Day Regatta on Saturday

Navy won four races at the Navy Day Regatta on Saturday

Oct. 12, 2013

PHILADELPHIA - The Navy rowing program had a strong showing on Saturday at the Navy Day Regatta in Philadelphia, Pa. with a combined four wins amongst the heavyweight, lightweight and women’s teams.

Racing on a fast Schuylkill River, the heavyweight team earned victories in the Collegiate 4 and Collegiate JV 8, while the lightweight team was victorious in the Collegiate LW 8. The women’s team won the Women’s Collegiate 8 in a tight battle over Penn.

Navy’s heavyweight crew kicked off the action on Saturday as its ‘A’ boat took first place in the Collegiate 4 race with a final time of 12:36.96. The Mids scorched the 22-boat field with a 7.35-second victory.

Navy had four entrants in the Men’s Collegiate Freshmen/Novice 8 race. The four boats all finished amongst the top eight with Navy’s heavyweight ‘A’ boat leading the way with a second place result of 12:09.65. The Mids came in just 1.67 seconds shy of the victorious Penn lightweight ‘A’ entry.

Navy’s heavyweight ‘B’ boat finished fourth at 12:39.73, while the lightweight ‘A’ crew clocked in at 12:45.82. The lightweight ‘B’ boat came in eighth in the 23-boat field with a time of 12:50.16.

The first event for the women’s team was the Freshmen/Novice 8 race. In the nine-boat field, the Mids finished second with a 14:16.42 final result.

In the men’s JV 8 race, the heavyweight crew had three entries. The ‘B’ boat led the way with a tight 12:10.12 victory. The Mids held off challenges by Drexel ‘B’ (12:10.53) and Navy ‘A’ (12:11.81) to secure the win. The ‘C’ crew from Navy finished fifth at 12:18.08.

After the JV race, heavyweight head coach Rob Friedrich remarked that “the river was loaded with debris due to the recent storms and our 2nd varsity lost their fin and rudder during the race. I give our coxswain, Brandon Karpf, a lot of credit for steering the whole race with his arms and finishing less than 2 seconds out of first place.”

In the women’s JV 8 race, Navy’s two boats finished in third and fourth with time of 14:12.83 for the ‘B’ crew and 14:13.23 for the ‘A’ crew. The ‘B’ crew was less than five seconds behind the second place Rutgers ‘A’ boat that finished with a 14:07.29 result.

The lightweight program concluded its day of competition with four entries in the Collegiate/Lightweight 8 race. Navy ‘B’ led the quartet with a first place time of 12:00.49. The Mids in the ‘B’ boat defeated Penn ‘A’ by 5.94 seconds for the victory. Navy ‘A’ took third place with a 12:17.06 time.

After the day of rowing lightweight head coach Shawn Bagnall was pleased with his program’s result. “All of our crews did exactly what we set out to do. We got into race situations and rowed excellent pieces. I’m glad we won the lightweight eight race, but our focus now has to be on next weekend’s Head of the Charles.”

In the heavyweight team’s final race, the Men’s Collegiate/Open 8, the ‘A’ boat lost a tight battle with Penn ‘A’ for a second place finish of 11:43.47. The Mids came in 3.1 seconds shy of the Quakers winning time of 11:40.37.

Navy ‘B’ (fourth), Navy ‘C’ (sixth) and Navy ‘D’ (eighth) all finished in the top eight in a race that featured 32 boats.

Friedrich noted the success of his program in this race afterwards. “We finished four boats in the top eight, showing our depth, but the varsity could have had a better row. I have no doubt that these young guys will be improving exponentially every race and this was a good start.”

The women completed Navy’s day of racing at the regatta with a win in the Collegiate/Open 8 final. The Mids earned a 2.6-second victory over Penn ‘A’ with a time of 13:17.07.

This victory was especially noteworthy for head coach Mike Hughes. “I’m very proud of our girls, Penn tried to intimidate them at the line, but our crew showed great character, bending a bit, but never breaking and eventually pulling away for the win.”

On the day, Hughes remarked that “we had strong results in each and every one of our races, the novices were great and third and fourth place finishes in the JV8 were solid as well.”

All three teams will be back in action next Sunday, Oct. 20 at the Head of the Charles event in Boston, Mass.

Race 9: Men’s Collegiate 4+

1. Navy HW ‘A’ - 12:36.96

Race 15: Men’s Collegiate Freshmen/Novice 8+

2. Navy HW ‘A’ - 12:09.65

4. Navy HW ‘B’ - 12:39.73

6. Navy LW ‘A’ - 12:45.82

8. Navy LW ‘B’ - 12:50.16

Race 16: Women’s Collegiate Freshmen/Novice 8+

2. Navy - 14:16.42

Race 17: Men’s Collegiate JV 8+

1. Navy HW ‘B’ - 12:10.12

3. Navy HW ‘A’ - 12:11.81

5. Navy HW ‘C’ - 12:18.08

Race 18: Women’s Collegiate JV 8+

3. Navy ‘B’ - 14:12.83

4. Navy ‘A’ - 14:13.23

Race 27: Men’s Open/Collegiate LW 8+

1. Navy LW ‘B’ - 12:00.49

3. Navy LW ‘A’ - 12:17.06

6. Navy LW ‘D’ - 12:50.66

7. Navy LW ‘C’ - 12:52.85

Race 30: Men’s Open/Collegiate 8+

2. Navy HW ‘A’ - 11:43.47

4. Navy HW ‘B’ - 11:56.37

6. Navy HW ‘C’ - 12:15.72

8. Navy HW ‘D’ - 12:23.07

15. Navy HW ‘E’ - 12:48.14

Race 31: Women’s Open/Collegiate 8+

1: Navy - 13:17.07

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