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Lightweight Rowing Program Records Sixth Place Finish at Eastern Sprints

Navy had three of its five boats in grand final action on Sunday

Navy had three of its five boats in grand final action on Sunday

May 18, 2014

WORCESTER, Mass. - Competing at the 2014 Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges Sprints on Sunday the Navy lightweight rowing program had a successful day of action that culminated with the squad earning a berth into the upcoming IRA National Championships. With five entries involved in racing on Lake Quinsigamond, the Mids had three boats in grand finals and two more in petite finals.

As a team, Navy finished sixth overall in the Jope Cup standings with 18 points.

"Our entire team has much to be proud of, and it was nice to achieve some of the goals that we set out to accomplish at the beginning of the year," said Navy head coach Shawn Bagnall. "It was great to see the 2nd Plebe 8+ winning their Grand Final to start the afternoon, and later on, the team moving into the top six in Jope Cup standings was a solid way to finish the day. The Varsity 8+ had some very close racing against quality crews, and I know they are motivated to represent the Naval Academy well at the IRA Regatta in two weeks."

The varsity eight's push for an IRA National Championship bid began in the morning with a time of 5:54.220 in the second qualifying heat that placed it fourth in the group. The Mids came back in the afternoon and cut nearly seven seconds off their time to finish second to Dartmouth in the petite final with a time of 5:47.478. The Big Green were first at 5:45.841.

The second varsity eight crew put down a fourth-place time of 6:05.010 in its qualifying heat. Navy improved its time in the petite final with a 6:03.258 result and the outright victory. The Mids defeated MIT (6:09.110) by 5.852 seconds in the final race.

Navy's third varsity eight boat recorded a heat time of 6:13.473 that qualified it for the afternoon's grand final. In the event's final, the Mids finished sixth in a strong field; they posted a time of 6:11.934. The Columbia Lions won the 3V8 title with a 5:55.845 result.


 

 

The depth of Navy's freshman rowing program was on display on Sunday as the Mids finished fourth in the first freshman eight grand final, while the second freshman boat won their event. The 1F crew registered a time of 5:56.611 before the 2F squad held off Cornell (6:15.573) and Harvard (6:15.646) with a 6:11.703 result.

The Mids will next be in action at the IRA National Championships in West Windsor, N.J. on Sunday, June 1.

Results

1st Varsity Eight - Heat 2

  1. Princeton - 5:48.966
  2. Columbia - 5:50.517
  3. MIT - 5:52.546
  4. Navy - 5:54.220
  5. Georgetown - 6:03.902

1st Varsity Eight - Petite Final

  1. Dartmouth - 5:45.841
  2. Navy - 5:47.478
  3. Penn - 5:51.791
  4. Georgetown - 5:54.319

2nd Varsity Eight - Heat 2

  1. Columbia - 5:57.133
  2. Harvard - 6:00.144
  3. Dartmouth - 6:01.961
  4. Navy - 6:05.010
  5. Georgetown - 6:12.490

2nd Varsity Eight - Petite Final

  1. Navy - 6:03.258
  2. MIT - 6:09.110
  3. Georgetown - 6:12.583
  4. Penn - 6:30.137

3rd Varsity Eight - Heat 1

  1. Harvard - 5:58.241
  2. Princeton `A' - 5:59.653
  3. Navy - 6:13.473
  4. MIT - 6:19.184
  5. Georgetown - 6:24.426

3rd Varsity Eight - Grand Final

  1. Columbia - 5:55.845
  2. Yale - 5:57.827
  3. Cornell - 5:58.355
  4. Harvard - 5:58.568
  5. Princeton `A' - 6:03.070
  6. Navy - 6:11.934

1st Freshman Eight - Grand Final

  1. Penn - 5:43.727
  2. Harvard - 5:47.486
  3. Cornell - 5:48.614
  4. Navy - 5:56.611
  5. Yale - 6:20.315

2nd Freshman Eight - Grand Final

  1. Navy - 6:11.703
  2. Cornell - 6:15.573
  3. Harvard - 6:15.646

Jope Cup Standings

  1. Cornell - 34
  2. Yale - 29
  3. Harvard - 27
  4. Columbia - 23
  5. Princeton - 22
  6. Navy - 18
  7. Penn - 17
  8. Dartmouth - 13
  9. MIT - 12
  10. Georgetown - 6
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