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Heavyweight Rowers Host Harvard and Penn for the Adams Cup

Navy will meet Harvard and Penn early Saturday morning.

April 20, 2012

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy heavyweight rowing team will host Harvard and Penn on Saturday morning on the Severn River. Racing will begin at 6:45 a.m. with first varsity eight race for the Adams Cup.

The teams will be competing on Navy's upper course and directions to the viewing area can be found below.

Navy's varsity eight is 11-3 this season and enters the weekend ranked No. 8 in the latest USRowing Collegiate Poll. Harvard's top crew is currently ranked second, nationally, while Penn is No. 16.

The Schedule
This weekend's races will be combined with the Navy lightweight team's races against Harvard.

A live broadcast of the races is available online here.

6:45 a.m. Heavyweight first varsity eight (Adams Cup)
7:00 a.m. Lightweight first varsity eight (Haines Trophy)
7:15 a.m. Heavyweight second varsity eight
7:30 a.m. Lightweight second varsity eight
7:45 a.m. Heavyweight first freshman eight
8:00 a.m. Lightweight first freshman eight
8:15 a.m. Heavyweight second freshman eight (with Navy fifth varsity and third freshman)
8:30 a.m. Lightweight third varsity eight (with Navy fourth varsity)
8:45 a.m. Heavyweight third varsity eight (with Navy fourth varsity)
9:00 a.m. Lightweight second freshman eight

About the Adams Cup
The Adams Cup is presented to the winner of the first varsity race between Navy, Harvard and Penn. The trophy is named after Charles Francis Adams, a Harvard graduate and former Secretary of the Navy. Harvard has captured the cup in each of the last 11 seasons, while Navy has finished second the past nine seasons. Harvard has won the cup 48 times, while Navy, which has won it 13 times, last took it home in 1996.

The Last Time Out
The Mids traveled to Syracuse, N.Y., where they took on both Syracuse and Cornell and won three of five races. The varsity eight claimed the Goes Trophy by holding off both Cornell and Syracuse. Navy's third varsity and second freshman crews also picked up wins.

Quoting the Coach
Head coach Rick Clothier on this weekend's competition...

"There have been some tremendous races in the Adams Cup over the years and the last two years have been very close. We got out on Harvard last year, but couldn't hang on down the stretch. We're always excited to row in the Adams Cup. We've gotten a little better each week and certainly want that to continue this weekend.

"We've lost twice to Harvard this year (at the San Diego Crew Classic) and I thought the two races were very similar. Given that we've had two races, we would like to think the third time is the charm."

Up Next
Navy will take on Columbia next weekend for the Stevenson Trophy.

Directions to Navy's Upper Course
These driving directions will take you across our river to a private estate where we have been allowed access to watch the races. Please be very careful in parking your car, quiet on the grounds, and pick-up all trash when leaving. You may watch from the shoreline or dock, which is positioned very close to the finish line of our upper racecourse. If plugging and address into a GPS device use: Crouches Lane, Annapolis, MD.

• From the Naval Academy: Turn right out of Gate 8 onto Route 450 and go over the Severn River on the Naval Academy Bridge. Proceed up the hill, turning left onto Boulters Way just before the entrance ramp for Route 50.
• From Route 50: Take Exit 27 for Route 450 towards Naval Academy. After you exit, turn right on Boulters Way.
• Once on Boulters Way, the road will bend to the right. Take a left onto S. Winchester Rd. and then another immediate left onto a private drive.
• Follow the private drive straight. When the road bends sharply to the right, you will be passing a large house on the left. Just past this house is a grass field on the left where you can park your car. There might be cones marking the entrance to the field.
• After you park your car, walk over the hill and down towards the water. If you walk towards the view of the Navy Chapel then bear to the right, you will head towards the private dock which is near the finish line of our upper race course.



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