April 10, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. – After opening its spring season last weekend at home with a strong performance versus Princeton, the No. 8 Navy heavyweight rowing program will test itself at the two-day George Washington Invitational. Beginning on Friday afternoon at 4:10 p.m., the Mids will face Georgetown, Virginia and Holy Cross in a trio of head-to-head dual races over two days on the Potomac River. Saturday’s action gets going at 10:50 a.m. and concludes at 3:20 p.m.
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The 2,000-meter course will begin near the Spout Run area of the Potomac River with the finish line at Washington Harbour (3050 K Street, NW) in Georgetown.
"The GW Invite has always been a great event for us. It gives us a chance to race three times against great competition at one of the best spectator venues in the country," said Navy head coach Rob Friedrich.
"Racing on the Potomac, in the heart of our nation's capital, is very special for our athletes, who will be serving their country after graduation."
Navy and Georgetown are the first of three match ups for the Mids at the Invitational as the two programs will battle in a Freshmen 8 race, a Second Varsity 8 race and finally in a Varsity 8 race. Navy’s third and fourth varsity boats will also compete in the 2V8 and F8 races, respectively.
On Saturday morning, the Mids and Cavaliers of Virginia will match up in four races: the Second Freshmen 8, Freshmen 8, Second Varsity 8 and Varsity 8. Once again, Navy’s third varsity crew will compete in the 2V8 event.
To close the day, the freshmen, third varsity, second varsity and varsity eight boats will see action versus Holy Cross, while Navy’s second freshmen eight crew will take on George Washington.
The men's field of Navy, GW, Virginia, UC San Diego, Holy Cross and Georgetown will be competing for the Oliver T. Carr Bowl.
The Mids are the three-time defending champ at the Invitational and are coming off of a 2013 event that saw them win all 10 races last April.