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No. 5 Navy Lightweights Show Well at No. 4 Harvard

April 22, 2017

BOSTON, Mass. – The Navy lightweight rowing team faced a stout EARC challenge on Saturday with competition on the Charles River versus Harvard. In a matchup of the fifth-ranked Mids and fourth-ranked Crimson, Navy earned the team points cup with victories in three of five races, while Harvard left the racing with the Haines Trophy courtesy of a win in the first varsity eight event. The eighth-ranked Delaware team competed alongside both Navy and Harvard on Saturday.

"It was good to test ourselves again today to check the progress across all of our lineups as we move toward the Eastern Sprints,” remarked head coach Shawn Bagnall. “Coach Sands and I were pleased that our lower boats battled well all the way down the course and showed composure when the heat was turned up. Their performance made a clear difference in retaining the overall Team Points Cup. Our 1V and 2V know that there were some self-inflicted wounds that prevented them from running their best pieces, and our hats off to Harvard for their aggressive racing.”

Racing in reverse order with the lower boats going out first, Navy’s fifth varsity crew kicked off the action with a hard-fought, 1.1-second victory over Harvard, 6:07.2 to 6:08.3. Delaware (6:24.8) and Harvard 6V (6:31.5) rounded out the field in the event.

Next up, the fourth boats plied their craft on the Charles River and the Mids’ speed showed through with a time of 5:57.5, that bested the Crimson by 4.1 seconds and the Blue Hens by 13.8.

Navy’s final win of the meet came in the third varsity race where they defeated Harvard by 3.0 seconds at 5:57.2 to 6:00.2. Delaware came in at 6:15.7.

In a fast second varsity eight contest, Harvard edged Navy by less than two seconds as the Crimson completed the 2,000-meter course in a time of 5:51.5, while the Mids clocked in with a 5:53.5 result. Delaware was third at 6:06.5.



The Haines Trophy was on the line for the first varsity crews and Harvard took possession of the hardware with a 5.9-second victory over Navy at 5:51.6 to 5:57.5. The Blue Hens challenged the Mids for the runner-up spot with a comparable time of 5:57.8.

“We'll analyze our racing from today, make adjustments, and prepare for next week as we host a strong UPenn team next weekend," said Bagnall

The Mids will round off their regular season with a head-to-head home meet versus the Quakers of Penn next Saturday. The action between the two EARC squads will take place on the Severn River.


First Varsity 8
Harvard – 5:51.6
Navy – 5:57.5
Delaware – 5:57.8 

Second Varsity 8
Harvard – 5:51.5
Navy – 5:53.5
Delaware – 6:06.5 

Third Varsity 8
Navy – 5:57.2
Harvard – 6:00.2
Delaware – 6:15.7 

Fourth Varsity 8
Navy – 5:57.5
Harvard – 6:01.6
Delaware – 6:11.3 

Fifth Varsity 8
Navy – 6:07.2
Harvard 5V – 6:08.3
Delaware – 6:24.8
Harvard 6V – 6:31.5

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