Oct. 20, 2013
BOSTON - The Navy rowing program was in action this weekend with five entries in the 49th Annual Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, Mass. Led by fifth place finishes by the heavyweight 2V8 and the women's V4 crews, Navy rowing teams had strong performances throughout the two-day competition on the Charles River.
The Navy heavyweight crew participated in two events at the regatta beginning with the Club Eights race on Saturday. Entering its second V8 team, the Mids finished fifth overall with a time of 14:52.404. Navy's boat lost a close battle with Northeastern and Harvard who finished in third and fourth with times of 14:51.594 and 14:52.304, respectively. 47 boats competed in the Club Eights event.
"The second V8 team had a great performance," said Navy heavyweight head coach Rob Friedrich. "With numerous first-time Head of the Charles racers in the boat, I'm really pleased with their result. They've guaranteed entry into next year's race."
The heavyweight team rounded out its competition in the Championship Eights race on Sunday afternoon. Facing off versus 32 teams from across the globe, the Mids' V8 team finished 14th overall with a time of 15:12.089. Amongst NCAA competitors, Navy finished eighth narrowly behind Princeton (15:10.505).
"As a young group, the V8 crew posted a great time," said Friedrich. "They beat some very good crews and matched up well with some of the best collegiate squads. Overall, it was a solid performance that could've been better. They know there is still a lot of speed to be gained."
Navy's women's program had two entries race on the Charles River on Sunday. The Mids' V4 team was the first boat in action on the day as it was among 21 crews in the Championship Fours race. Navy finished fifth overall in the event with a time of 19:12.227. The Mids ranked second versus collegiate competition as an entry from US Rowing and two Canada squads finished ahead of them in the top five.
The women completed their Head of the Charles Regatta action by entering the Championship Eights event. Racing against a diverse and deep field, the Mids' V8 crew finished 32nd with a time of 18:45.555. Versus NCAA competitors Navy was the 26th-fastest entry.
"Today was a great day for us. Our four crew was outstanding," said Navy women's head coach Mike Hughes. "They recorded the highest finish in all of our years of participation at the Head of the Charles with a fifth place result. Our eight crew was changed up a bit, but they too performed very well."
Navy's lightweight team was the final crew to hit the water on the weekend. Racing in the Lightweight Eights competition, the Mids finished 10th with a 15:38.675 result. Navy was the third-highest finisher amongst non-Ivy League schools as MIT (15:26.510) and Delaware (15:33.969) completed the course ahead of the Mids.
"Today was another good step forward for our squad," said Navy lightweight head coach Shawn Bagnall. "I thought the V8 had a solid piece. We definitely found some weak spots in our racing and learned where we need to focus heading into the Princeton Chase next weekend. The guys are already excited to get back to work."
Navy will be back in action next weekend at two events, the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta and the Princeton Chase. The women will race at the Schuykill on Saturday, Oct. 26, while the heavyweight and lightweight teams will race at Princeton on Sunday, Oct. 27.