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Lightweight Rowing Concludes 2014 Campaign at IRA National Championships

Navy had both its V8 and V4 entries finish seventh on Sunday.

June 1, 2014

Final Results

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. - Racing with boats in both the varsity eight and varsity four events for the first time since 2011, the Navy lightweight rowing program showed strongly on Sunday at the IRA National Championships. The Mids' entries in the V8 and V4 races both finished the competition ranked seventh overall in the nation.

"Today was a very positive finish to the evolution that was our 2014 racing season," said head coach Shawn Bagnall. "After the heats this morning, especially in the Varsity 8+ that had close racing to all three medal-winning crews, I think the guys rose to the occasion to finish the season on their terms."

Navy began its day with varsity eight action in the first qualifying heat versus a stout field. The Mids fought hard throughout and finished the 2000-meter course with a time of 5:53.333 that fell just 2.244 seconds shy of Harvard's 5:51.089. As a result of their third-place finish, the Crimson crew earned the final transfer spot into the V8 grand final. All three of the grand final qualifiers from heat number one finished in the top-three of the medal event later in the morning. Racing in the petite final, the Mids defeated MIT for the number seven national position with a time of 5:59.184.

In varsity four action, Navy raced in the second heat and finished fifth with a time of 6:43.821. Similar to their fellow Midshipmen in the V8 race, the rowers in the V4 competition finished just under eight seconds shy of the heat winner. Harvard finished in first place in heat two at 6:35.829. The Mids missed the final transfer position that Princeton claimed by 3.184 seconds. In the petite final, Navy cruised to a 3.311-second victory over Milwaukee by a 6:47.688 to 6:50.999 decision. As a result of their petite final win the Mids finish the season ranked seventh nationally.

"The Class of 2014 has much to be proud of and I cannot thank them enough for their leadership this year," remarked Bagnall about his departing senior class. "We will miss them here at Hubbard Hall, but we know the Fleet will be bettered by their presence. We look forward to hitting the ground tomorrow to find their successors. Go Navy."




Varsity Eight

Heat 1

  1. Cornell - 5:45.361
  2. Columbia - 5:48.310
  3. Harvard - 5:51.089
  4. Navy - 5:53.333

Petite Final

  1. Navy - 5:59.184
  2. MIT - 6:05.495

Varsity Four

Heat 2

  1. Harvard - 6:35.829
  2. Cornell - 6:38.559
  3. Princeton - 6:40.637
  4. Milwaukee - 6:42.959
  5. Navy - 6:43.821
  6. Dartmouth - 6:47.414

Petite Final

  1. Navy - 6:47.688
  2. Milwaukee - 6:50.999
  3. MIT - 6:56.871
  4. Georgetown - 6:57.528
  5. Drexel - 7:08.135
  6. Dartmouth - SCR
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