April 26, 2014
PHILADELPHIA - The No. 9 Navy lightweight rowing team brought the Callow Cup back to Hubbard Hall on Saturday as the varsity eight crew defeated the seventh-ranked Penn Quakers in the premier race of a four-event slate on the Schuylkill River. Overall on the day, the Mids won two of four races, that involved Penn, as well as No. 10 Delaware, who raced as a guest at the competition.
"It was good to close out the regular season with solid performances across all our boats," said Navy head coach Shawn Bagnall. "Bringing the Callow Cup and Class of 1918 Trophy back to Hubbard Hall this year is something that our entire team can be proud of. A big thank you goes out to Penn for hosting us today.
"Our squad understands, however, that we have to find another gear before Eastern Sprints among the duties of finals and commissioning preparation."
In the varsity eight race, Delaware won the event with a time of 5:42.0, though in competition for the Callow Cup between Navy and Penn, the Mids held off the Quakers, 5:45.1 to 5:46.6.
Navy won a pair of races with the first being the 2V8 where Navy defeated two Delaware boats. The Mids finished 6.3 seconds ahead of the Hens' 2V, 5:58.6 to 6:04.9. Navy's second win came in the Second Freshmen/Third Varsity event. The Mids' 3V and 2F crews went first and second with times of 6:06.7 and 6:11.2, respectively. Penn's 2F boat took third with a 6:35.1 result.
The fourth race of Saturday was the freshmen eight. The host Quakers won the contest by the largest margin of victory on the day with an 11.9-second win over Navy, 6:01.9 to 6:13.8. Delaware rounded out the field with a time of 6:23.8.
As a result of two wins and two other second place outcomes, Navy also won the Class of 1918 trophy that was given to the program with the most team points.
The lightweight program will be off from action for three weeks as it prepares for competition at the EARC Sprints. On May 18, the Mids will look to improve on a 10th-place result from 2013. The EARC Sprints will be held in Worcester, Mass.
- Delaware - 5:42.0
- Navy - 5:45.1
- Penn - 5:46.6
2nd Varsity 8
- Navy - 5:58.6
- Delaware 2V - 6:04.9
- Delaware 3V - 6:23.2
- Penn - 6:01.9
- Navy - 6:13.8
- Delaware - 6:23.8
2nd Freshmen 8
- Navy 3V - 6:06.7
- Navy 2F - 6:11.2
- Penn 2F - 6:35.1