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Heavyweight Rowers Ready for Last Regular Season Race

The varsity eight is 5-3 this season.

May 3, 2013

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy heavyweight rowing team will take on Columbia and George Washington this Sunday in Princeton, N.J. The teams will compete on Lake Carnegie, beginning with the fourth varsity eight race at 11 a.m. The third varsity will follow at 11:20 a.m. and then the first freshman at 11:40 a.m. The second varsity race will begin at noon and the first varsity crews will close the event when they compete at 12:20 p.m.

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The Navy and Columbia varsity crews will compete for the Stevenson Trophy, which the Mids have claimed each of the last two seasons. Navy holds a 22-4 all-time mark in the trophy race. In addition to the varsity crew being victorious last season, Navy boats went undefeated in five total races against the Lions.

The Midshipmen are coming off a weekend in which the team won two of five races with Penn and Harvard, but the varsity came up short against both crews.

"We're excited to show a better effort than we had last weekend," said Navy head coach Rob Friedrich. "We have had a good week of practice, so we're excited to see what we can do against two fast crews."

This weekend's races will be the last for Navy until the Eastern Sprints on May 19.

"With final going on, it has been a tougher week for us and the guys are a little tired," said Friedrich. "But this is our last chance to full race before the Eastern Sprints and we're excited to put together our best race of the year."

The Navy varsity eight crew enters the weekend ranked 14th in the latest USRowing Collegiate Poll, down five spots from last week. Columbia is slotted 13th and George Washington 19th.



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