Heavyweight Rowers Host Syracuse and Cornell on Saturday
April 19, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy heavyweight rowing team will host Syracuse and Cornell this Saturday on the Severn River. The five-race schedule will get underway at 7 a.m. on Navy's upper course. The third varsity crews will open at 7 a.m., followed by the first varsity race for the Goes Trophy at 7:20 a.m. The second varsity race will take place at 7:40 and the first freshman at 8 a.m. An exhibition race between Navy's fifth varsity and second freshman crews will close the morning's events at 8:20 a.m.
"We are excited to host Cornell and Syracuse this weekend," said Navy head coach Rob Friedrich. "This race has been a very tight battle over the past few years and this year should be no different. As a coach, home races are exciting because we have more athletes racing. At Navy, we build our talent from the depth of the program which will be on display this weekend."
Navy is coming off a weekend in which it claimed the George Washington Invitational title for the third consecutive year, winning all 10 races.
The varsity crew is 3-1 on the year and ranked 10th in the latest USRowing Collegiate Poll. Cornell is ranked 12th and Syracuse 13th.
The Goes Trophy was created by Syracuse graduate Clifford "Tip" Goes in 1955 to honor coaches James Ten Eyck of Syracuse, Charles Courtney of Cornell and Richard Glendon of Navy. The trophy is presented annually to the winner of the first varsity race between the three teams.
Navy has captured the Goes Trophy 25 times, while Cornell ha won it 21 and Syracuse 11. Last season in Syracuse, N.Y., Navy crews won all five races to take home the Goes Trophy.
Navy, Syracuse and Cornell have also competed for the Stagg Trophy since 1967. The trophy, named for Norman G. Stagg, is presented to the team compiling the most overall points in the heavyweight races between the teams.