Hubbard Hall to be Well Represented at Eastern Sprints
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The No. 16 Navy heavyweight and No. 6 lightweight crew programs will each be taking part in the 62nd Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges Sprints on Sunday in Worcester, Mass. at Lake Quinsigamond. The event annually hosts some of the top rowing squads from across the country in a day-long competition. The heat racing begins at 8 a.m. before championship final action kicks off at 1 p.m. 12 different crews will be racing under the Navy Crew banner with six boats from each of the heavyweight and lightweight programs.
In heavyweight action, Navy’s first, second and third varsity eight crews are seeded 13th overall. The Mids’ two lower boats, the 4V8 and 5V8 are ranked fourth and second, respectively.
On the lightweight side of the spectrum, both Navy’s first and second varsity eight boats are seeded sixth. After the Mids’ 3V8 is seeded at number four, Navy’s 4V8 is the top seed in its respective classification. Navy’s fifth crew is ranked second in the 5V8.
In the 2017 competition at Lake Quinsigamond, the heavyweights entered six boats in the annual championship and came away with three medals for top-three results courtesy of its fourth, fifth and sixth varsity crews. As a team, Navy finished in 12th place in the Rowe Cup standings amongst a field of talented east coast programs.
Navy’s three upper boats competed in third finals (V8 and 2V8) and the 3V8 petite final. In the third final for first varsity eight action, Navy finished in second place for an overall rank of 14th. The Mids clocked in at 5:43.783 in the third final, 0.34 seconds ahead of the Georgetown Hoyas (5:44.213).
The Navy lightweights were even more prosperous in terms of medals as the Mids’ 2V8, 4V8, 5V8 and 6V8 crews all turned in medal-worthy performances. As a result of their success across the board at the championship, Navy finished in sixth place in the Jope Cup team point standings.
In the headlining competition of the lightweight EARC meet, the first varsity eight event, a 2.473-second loss to Yale for the last qualifying spot in the morning heat left Navy outside of the grand final. Racing in the petite final, Navy displayed its dominance amongst the four-team field with a first place result of 5:48.886. That outcome ranked the Mids seventh overall.
The heavyweight field at the 2018 EARC Sprints is 17 teams deep and consists of Boston U., Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, George Washington, Georgetown, Harvard, Holy Cross, Navy, Northeastern, Penn, Princeton, Rutgers, Syracuse, Wisconsin and Yale.
In the lightweight competition, 10 programs will be racing in Worcester, as the field is as follows, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Georgetown, Harvard, MIT, Navy, Penn, Princeton and Yale.
8:00 AM - Fourth Varsity HW Eight
8:20 AM - Third Varsity LW Eight
8:40 AM - Third Varsity HW Eight
9:12 AM - First Varsity HW Eight
10:00 AM - First Varsity LW Eight
10:12 AM - Second Varsity HW Eight
11:00 AM - Second Varsity LW Eight
1:00 PM - Grand Final: Fifth & Sixth Varsity LW Eight
1:12 PM - Grand Final: Fifth & Sixth Varsity HW Eight
1:24 PM - Grand Final: Fourth Varsity LW Eight
1:36-1:48 PM - Finals: Fourth Varsity HW Eight
2:00-2:15 PM - Finals: Third Varsity LW Eight
2:45-3:00 PM - Finals: Third Varsity HW Eight
3:15-3:30 PM - Finals: Second Varsity LW Eight
3:45-4:15 PM - Finals: Second Varsity HW Eight
4:30-4:45 PM - Finals: First Varsity LW Eight
5:00-5:30 PM - Finals: First Varsity HW Eight