April 10, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy heavyweight rowing team will take part in a familiar event this weekend when it competes in the 25th-annual George Washington Invitational on the Potomac River. The Mids will compete on Friday afternoon and twice on Saturday, just after 10 a.m. and again at 3:30 p.m.
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The 2,000-meter, buoyed course begins near the Spout Run area of the Potomac River and finishes at Washington Harbour (3050 K Street, NW) in Georgetown.
"I think we all like to race there - from the athletes, to the coaches and to the parents," said Navy head coach Rob Friedrich. "It's a well-run event and exciting being at the Georgetown waterfront."
On Friday, Navy's freshman, second varsity and varsity eight crews will all take on Georgetown in consecutive races beginning at 3:30 p.m. The second freshman and third varsity crews will also compete.
"Georgetown will be fast - they have a great senior class," said Friedrich. "It's going to be a tough competition with Georgetown, but that being said, we just have to row our own race and execute our plan."
The Mids will meet Holy Cross on Saturday morning, with the third varsity eight and first freshman taking on the Crusaders at 10:10 a.m. The second varsity race at 10:20 a.m. will also feature Navy's fourth varsity boat and the varsity crews will square off 10:30 a.m.
To close the day, the third varsity, freshmen, second varsity and varsity eight will all take on Virginia in four consecutive races, respectively, beginning at 3:30 p.m.
The Midshipmen began the spring season last weekend with five races at Princeton. The Mids led the Tigers in the halfway point of the varsity eight race, but wound up falling by a narrow margin of 0:03. Princeton won both the second and third varsity races, but the Mids' first freshman crew topped the Princeton fourth varsity and Navy's two four boats also finished ahead of the Tigers.
"The varsity had a great race. Our other boats were good, too. I thought it was a great effort to show that we're in the mix with the tops crews in the country and that we still have a lot of speed to gain," said Friedrich.
Senior Ted Baumgardner agreed.
"Princeton is a fast team. I think we had some first-race jitters going on, but we hung with them," said Baumgardner. "This weekend is a good opportunity to go out and see how much we can improve. These three teams will all be quick and we have to make sure we're at our best for all three races."