April 26, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy heavyweight rowers will meet Harvard and Penn this Saturday in Boston, Mass. Racing will begin with the varsity four at 7 a.m. on the Charles River. The third varsity crews will compete at 7:36 a.m. and the first freshman will go at 8 a.m. The second varsity eight race will run at approximately 8:48 a.m. and the first varsity race for the Adams Cup will wrap up the morning at 9:12 a.m.
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Navy, Penn and Harvard will be competing for the Adams Cup, which is presented to the winner of the first varsity race. 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 12 seasons, while Navy has finished second the past 10 seasons. Harvard has won the cup 49 times, while Navy, which has won it 13 times, last took it home in 1996. Last season on the Severn River, Harvard topped Navy by less than a boat length in the varsity race, 5:59-6:01.
The Navy varsity crew enters the weekend ranked ninth in the latest USRowing Collegiate Poll, up one spot from last week. The varsity crew is 5-1 on the year after defeating both Cornell and Syracuse last weekend.
Harvard comes into the race tied for second in the USRowing Poll, while Penn is 15th.
"Obviously this is a big race for us," said Navy head coach Rob Friedrich. "It has always been an exciting and hard fought race. I think we've improved over the past weeks, so we're excited to put everything out there and see what we can do."
While in Boston, the Mids will make a stop at the Boston Marathon Bombing memorial site at Copley Square.
"It's something to make sure we put everything in perspective," said Friedrich. "It's a reminder about why we're here at the Naval Academy."