Heavyweight Rowers Looking Forward to Eastern Sprints on Sunday
May 17, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy heavyweight rowing team will take part in the 68th-annual Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges Sprints this Sunday on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. The event, which annually features some of the top rowing programs in the country, will begin with heat races just before 8 a.m. The afternoon finals races will start at 1 p.m.
The varsity eight, which enters Sunday with a record of 7-3, is seeded 10th. Navy's second varsity eight is seeded eighth, the third varsity is seeded third and the fourth varsity is the top seed. The freshman crew is seeded seventh.
"We're excited - we've had a great two weeks of training and all of our boats seem to have picked up speed," said Navy head coach Rob Friedrich. "We're going to go up there and put everything on the line and hopefully come away with a few upsets."
The Mids had an excellent showing at the event last season. In 2012 Navy put four boats in the top six and placed fifth overall as a team in the Rowe Cup Standings, its best since also taking fifth in 1994. The varsity eight crew placed fifth, which was its best finish since taking third in 2004.
"We certainly have a lot of experienced guys returning to this event," said Friedrich. "They have raced here before and know what it takes. The league is very deep and it will take an exceptional race to break into that top group."
In the Mids' last outing on May 5 against Columbia and George Washington, the first, third and fourth varsity crews all finished first in their respective races.