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Lightweight Rowers Take Three Races, But Varsity Eight Falls to Columbia

Navy won three of four races on Saturday.

April 7, 2012

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. - The Navy lightweight rowing team won three of four races with Columbia on Saturday in Ridgefield Park, N.J., but fell in the varsity eight race. Competing on Overpeck Creek, The Mids won the second freshman four, freshman eight and the second varsity eight races.

"Our crews won three of four races, overall that's a successful day," said Navy head coach Steve Perry. "However, our lone loss in the varsity eight indicates we have some work to do at the top end of the squad."

In the final competition of the day, the Lions won the varsity eight race with a time of 6:30.2, easily topping Navy's 6:44.4.

Navy started the day with its two boats finishing one-two in the four race. Navy's `B' boat just clipped the `A' boat for first place by 1.2 seconds, 7:33.7-7:34.9. Columbia's lone entry in the race finished with a time of 7:56.6.

In the freshman eight competition that followed, the Mids came out on the winning end of another tight race. Navy held off a hard-charging Columbia crew by just 0.4 seconds as it won with a time of 6:32.3.

Navy's second varsity, which opened the year with a close win over Princeton, won another tight race on Saturday against the Lions. The Mids won the race by just less than a boat length with a time of 6:27.1, while Columbia's second varsity registered a 6:29.4. Navy's third varsity crew placed third with a time of 6:45.7.

Navy will now return home to host Georgetown and Harvard on the Severn River in consecutive weekends. Navy will meet Georgetown next Saturday and then take on Harvard for the Haines Trophy on April 21. Racing is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. both days.

1. Navy B - 7:33.7
2. Navy A - 7:34.9
3. Columbia - 7:56.6

Freshman Eight
1. Navy - 6:32.3
2. Columbia - 6:32.7

Second/Third Varsity Eight
1. Navy 2V - 6:27.1
2. Columbia - 6:29.4
3. Navy 3V - 6:45.7

Varsity Eight
1. Columbia - 6:30.2
2. Navy - 6:44.4



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