Heavyweight Crew Concludes 2017 Regular Season at Mercer Lake
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy heavyweight crew team will wrap up its regular season with a five-race slate of action at Mercer Lake on Sunday. The 14th-ranked Midshipmen squad will test itself in four varsity eight events and one varsity four contest versus No. 15 George Washington, No. 17 Columbia and R/V Hobart. The racing is scheduled to kick off in West Windsor, N.J. beginning at 12:00 p.m.
The third varsity eight boats will be first on the water at 12-noon. Twenty minutes later, the fourth varsity will divide itself into two four-man boats for action in the fourth varsity fours race. The second and first varsities will have their turn on Mercer Lake at 12:40 and 1:00 p.m., respectively. At 1:20 p.m., the Navy's fifth varsity crew will compete against George Washington's 4V8 and conclude the slate of racing.
The first varsity eight boats from Navy and Columbia will be competing for the Stevenson Trophy on Sunday. First presented in 1950 to winner of the first varsity race between Navy and Columbia and named in honor of Maxwell Stevenson, an early chairman of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association, the Mids hold a substantial, 25 to five lead in overall wins. Navy has won four of the past five Stevenson Trophy matchups.
In 2016, this same quartet of combatants faced off in a six-race slate. At the completion of the racing, Navy had finished runner-up in five races and first in the fourth varsity eight event. With the Stevenson Trophy on the line between Navy and Columbia, those two crews powered ahead of the field before the Lions pulled away late for a 1.0-second victory at 6:04.8 to 6:05.8. George Washington was third at 6:08.9 and Hobart rounded out the quartet at 6:14.0.
Sunday will be the Mids’ final action before starting postseason competition at the Eastern Sprints on May 14 in Worcester, Mass.
12:00 p.m. – Third Varsity Eights
12:20 p.m. – Fourth Varsity Fours
12:40 p.m. – Second Varsity Eights
1:00 p.m. – First Varsity Eights
1:20 p.m. – Navy 5V8 vs. George Washington 4V8