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No. 8 Heavyweight Rowing to Race Trio of Teams at Mercer County Park

Navy and Columbia will battle for Stevenson Trophy on Sunday.

May 2, 2014

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. - The eighth-ranked Navy heavyweight rowing team be facing off with a talented group of crews this Sunday at Mercer County Park. The Midshipmen will be in action versus No. 12 Columbia, No. 16 George Washington and R/V Florida Tech. The outcome of the Navy and Columbia racing will decide the winner of the Stevenson Trophy. The Mids have won the competition for the trophy each of the last three years and in 24 of 28 occasions, all-time.

The schedule of events on Sunday includes four varsity races and one for freshmen. The day is slated to begin at 12 p.m. with the fourth varsity competition. The four teams will race until 1:20 p.m. when the first varsity goes off.

“Having a four boat race on a buoyed race course, should be a great test for our championship events coming up,” said Navy head coach Rob Friedrich. “All of these programs have shown some great speed this year, so our guys will have to be at the top of their game. We've seen some solid improvements in all of our crews over the past two weeks and we hope to keep that going this weekend.”

In the spring season of 2013, the Mids, Lions and Colonials all did battle at Lake Carnegie on May 5. In a five-race slate, Navy secured victories in three races, including the first varsity competition for the Stevenson Trophy. In the V8 race, the Mids defeated the field with a time of 5:57.2; Columbia was second at 6:01.9 and George Washington third at 6:09.2.

The Stevenson Trophy: The Stevenson Trophy is awarded to the winner of the varsity eight race between Navy and Columbia. The trophy was placed into competition in 1950 and honors Maxwell Stevenson, who was an early chairman of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association.

Schedule of Events:

12:00 pm - 4th Varsity (Navy, Columbia)



12:20 pm - 3rd Varsity (Navy, Columbia)

12:40 pm - 1st Freshmen (Navy, GW)

1:00 pm - 2nd Varsity (Navy, Columbia, GW, FIT)

1:20 pm - 1st Varsity (Navy, Columbia, GW, FIT)

Race Broadcast

Fans can listen from home or the finish line area. Call in to 213-493-0221 to listen by phone (if the broadcast hasn’t started yet, it will say “broadcast experience technical difficulties.” This message might be heard between races. Or you can listen on-line from your home computer or smart phone at:

Address/directions for race viewing:

334 S. Post Road, West Windsor, NJ 08550 (last turn into parking lot may be different on GPS, read below)

  • From Route 1 in Princeton, turn onto Route 533 South/Quaker Bridge Road.
  • Follow Quaker Bridge Road for approx. 2 miles and then turn left onto Hughes Drive.
  • After 0.7 miles, turn left onto Paxson Avenue.
  • After 1.3 miles, turn left onto South Post Road into parking area of Mercer Lake.
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