4/6/2001 - Men's Heavyweight Crew
Navy's Lightweight and Women's Crew Teams to Race on Saturday
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Navy's lightweight crew team will compete at Princeton on Saturday, while the women's crew team will be in action at the Playfair Cup in Boston, Mass.
Navy's lightweight crew team will take on Princeton, Saturday at 12 noon on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J. The Mids are coming off an opening-weekend sweep of Cornell, last Saturday in Ithaca, N.Y.
This week, the Mids will be facing one of the traditional crew powers in Princeton. The Tigers are coached by Joe Murtaugh who has coached the U.S. Lightweight Team over the past two seasons, leading them to victory in back-to-back world championships.
"I am very optimistic about our potential this weekend," said Navy head coach Dale Hurley. "We had a great race last week against Cornell and I believe our boats have actually increased their speed since the race. Our focus in the varsity crews will be to get under six minutes for the 2000 meters on the fast Princeton course. I believe if we are able to accomplish this all of our varsity crews will have a good shot at winning.
"In the freshmen races I am looking forward to a good match between two excellent crews. Both the Princeton and Navy are packed with some of the best freshmen rowers in the league. I have seen our plebes on the water this week and they look very ready for the challenge."
Navy's women's crew team will be one of four schools competing in Saturday's Playfair Cup on the Charles River in Boston, Mass. Joining the Mids in the regatta will be George Washington, Iowa and the host, Boston University.
The Mids continued their successful season last weekend by winning the Knecht Cup in Camden, N.J. In addition to winning the first varsity race, Navy's second varsity boat remained undefeated on the season, while the second novice boat also won its class.
"There will be a number of challenges for us this weekend," said Navy head coach Mike Hughes. "The course itself, the Charles River, can be pretty rough at this time of the year. In addition, both Boston and George Washington have very good boats which will push us. The Terriers were in the NCAAs last year and have another good team this year. As for Iowa, they are kind of an unknown for us. We haven't raced any common opponents so its been hard to compare ourselves to them.
"This weekend will be a good gauge for where we stand with our times. We'll be able to judge ourselves against some very good teams and we can see what work we have to do to end the year successfully."