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Navy Lightweight Crew Posts Strong Results at Eastern Sprints

The 5V8 celebrating with their gold medals
The 5V8 celebrating with their gold medals
May 13, 2018

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Navy lightweight crew kicked off its postseason with a day’s worth of high-level results at the 2018 Eastern Sprints. With six entrees in the premier rowing event for East Coast colleges, the Mids qualified for and competed in five different grand finals with four medal-worthy outcomes. The Mids’ fifth varsity crew led the way as it finished atop its class and took home the gold on Sunday at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. As a program, Navy finished third overall in the Jope Cup team point standings. 

"Today was a great day for the Naval Academy Lightweight Rowing team, with all of our boats either exceeding their seeded position or coming back to Annapolis with a Sprints medal in hand,” remarked head coach Shawn Bagnall. “Once again, Coach Sands brought out the best in our 6V, and 5V boats, each racing to bronze and gold medals, respectively. The 4V went out to win this afternoon, and rowed a great piece to finish second overall.

“All of these early results set a great tone kicking off the Grand Finals for our team. The 3V had a tremendous race and just missed winning by a hair, earning a silver medal. Our 2V and 1V boats battled all the way down the course to out-place their seeded position and help secure an overall third place team result in the Jope Cup standings for our squad.” 

After the first, second and third varsity crews all raced and qualified for grand final action from their respective heat races in the morning, the fifth and sixth varsities were first on the water in the afternoon for championship competition. Racing in the fifth/sixth varsity eight event, Navy’s 5V crew won gold with a first place time of 6:05.792 to knock off Harvard (6:07.716). The Mids’ 6V placed third in the race with a 6:21.962 result.

The next grand final race was the fourth varsity. One of seven teams in the field, Navy went head-to-head with Princeton before being edged late by under two seconds at 6:05.535 to 6:07.131 to finish second overall. The above duo was the class of the competition as third-place Yale was nearly four seconds behind Navy’s pace at 6:11.022.



Navy’s third varsity eight came out fast in the morning with a time of 5:59.762 that was second-best in heat one. In the afternoon grand final for the 3V8, Princeton, Navy and Harvard pulled away from the field in a competitive pack of three. While the Tigers took first place with a time of 5:59.618, the Mids clocked in 0.147 seconds ahead of the Crimson at 6:02.031 to 6:02.178.

After recording a time of 6:02.154 in their qualifying heat, the Mids’ second varsity eight crew came out in the afternoon and shaved almost a second off its time with a 6:01.220 effort that ranked fourth overall in the grand final. Navy missed the medal stand by 1.266 seconds as Princeton posted a 5:59.954 time to take third.

Navy’s first varsity eight was the final crew to compete in grand final action on Sunday and the Mids were challenged with a fast and competitive race. Navy was part of a tightly-grouped quartet of boats that were battling for positions three through six. Penn took the final medal position with the third-best time at 6:13.414. Navy came in behind Harvard (6:14.854) to place fifth at 6:16.036. The Mids held off the Cornell Big Red (6:16.649).

In the final standings for the Jope Cup, Navy recorded 28.0 points to rank third overall. Columbia and Princeton went one-two in the standings with respective scores of 35.0 and 34.0 points. The Mids finished ahead Harvard (26.0), Cornell (25.0) and Penn (24.0) who placed in positions four through six on Sunday.

“We have no doubt that today’s results are a good sign of things to come, whether in two weeks that the IRA National Championship or in the coming years,” said Bagnall. “The coaches cannot thank our First Class enough for the leadership they've shown this team this year, especially team Captain Andrew Schutta.

“We are excited to focus on gaining speed in the next two weeks leading into the IRA and putting our best races in 2018 out on the course."

Navy will continue its postseason racing on the weekend of June 1-3 in West Windsor, N.J. at the IRA National Championship.


First Varsity Eight
Heat 2, 2nd of 5, 5:47.246
Grand Final
Columbia – 6:08.060
Princeton – 6:11.002
Penn – 6:13.414
Harvard – 6:14.854
Navy – 6:16.036
Cornell – 6:16.649 

Second Varsity Eight
Heat 2, 3rd of 5, 6:02.154
Grand Final
Columbia – 5:55.198
Cornell – 5:58.147
Princeton – 5:59.954
Navy – 6:01.220
Yale – 6:03.758
Harvard – 6:04.458 

Third Varsity Eight
Heat 1, 2nd of 5, 5:59.762
Grand Final
Princeton – 5:59.618
Navy – 6:02.031
Harvard – 6:02.178
Penn – 6:05.669
Columbia – 6:05.984
Cornell – 6:06.266 

Fourth Varsity Eight
Grand Final
Princeton – 6:05.535
Navy – 6:07.131
Yale – 6:11.022
Harvard – 6:13.356
Columbia – 6:14.882
Penn – 6:18.416
Cornell – 6:20.959 

Fifth Varsity Eight
Grand Final
Navy 5V – 6:05.792
Harvard – 6:07.716
Navy 6V – 6:21.962
Princeton – 6:27.336

Boat Lineups

First Varsity 8
Bow Andrew Schutta
2 Matthew Shirey
3 Drew Bennett
4 Sam Haber
5 Chandler Washburn
6 Kaden Dohm
7 Duke Brady
Str Hank Forsythe
Cox Pat Urrutia

Second Varsity 8
Bow Manriki Gagnon
2 Noah Chaskin
3 Tyler Schatz
4 Karl Schwarzkopf
5 Austin Treubert
6 Ben Skinner
7 Creig Tarrant
Str Clay Jackson
Cox Brianna Kaufmann

Third Varsity 8
Bow Matthew Pentaleri
2 Patrick Watler
3 John Elkins
4 John Schoenewolf
5 Theo Freidenrich
6 Ben Capannari
7 Jesse Hall
Str Max Gelbach
Cox Tera Geoffroy

Fourth Varsity 8 
Bow Brendan Philbin
2 Chris Greubel
3 Joshua Gable
4 Leor Golan
5 Morgan Whetstone
6 Gracen Glaubitz
7 Kevin Choe
Str Ben Blakeslee
Cox Maggie Scholl

Fifth Varsity 8
Bow Andrew Grothmann
2 Taylor Porges
3 Dan Johnston
4 John Johnson
5 Jerra Ewing
6 Alexander Wieman
7 John Feng
Str Brendan Finn
Cox Christophe Theodore

Sixth Varsity 8
Bow Ethan Valk
2 Harrison Boldt
3 Joshua Lawrence
4 Howard Francis
5 Colton Vandermade
6 Dechlan Mercer
7 Luke Waldo
Str Ethan Wheeler
Cox Emma Hutchinson

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