March 24, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy lightweight rowing team opened the season against Princeton on a rainy Saturday morning in Annapolis where the Mids won three of five races, but lost the varsity race and their bid to recapture the Joe Murtaugh Cup.
"Today was a marked improvement over last year's race with Princeton," said Navy head coach Steve Perry. "I was happy with the effort we put in today, but obviously it would have been better to win. I think there are some modifications and adjustments we can make to improve for when we face a very good Yale team next week."
After the start of Saturday's events were delayed one hour due to inclement weather, the Mids won the first competition of the day as they claimed a tightly contested second varsity race.
"We were able to pull ahead after 1,000 meters," said Perry. "Princeton made a late charge and worked into our lead a bit, but we were able to hold them off."
Navy finished just one second ahead of Princeton, beating the Tigers across the finish line with a time of 6:19.6.
The first varsity race for the Murtaugh Cup followed with both Navy and Princeton even at the halfway point. But, the Tigers pulled ahead in the third 500 meters of the race and were able to hold off Navy as they crossed the finish line in 5:57.2. The Mids finished in 6:02.5.
The Tigers followed by winning the first freshman race with a time of 6:04.1, while Navy clocked a 6:10.2.
Navy finished the morning on a high note by taking the final two events. The Mids' third and fourth varsity crews rowed strong races and both topped the Tigers' third varsity. Navy's third varsity boat crossed the finish line in 6:28.5 and the fourth varsity boat followed in 6:37.7, which was over four seconds ahead of Princeton's third varsity.
In the final event, Navy's second freshman edged Princeton, 6:29.9-6:32.7.
The Navy lights will meet Yale next Saturday at 3 p.m. in Princeton, N.J.
Navy 4V 6:37.7