Rowing Teams Open Fall Season in Successful Fashion
Oct. 13, 2012
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Navy heavyweight, lightweight and women's rowing teams combined for a total of seven, first-place finishes at the Navy Day Regatta on Saturday in Philadelphia, Pa., on the Schuylkill River. All three team's varsity eight crews won their respective races as well.
Saturday marked the first competition of the season for both the heavyweight and women's rowing teams.
"We're pretty happy with today," said Navy women's coach Mike Hughes. "The varsity eight was able to beat both Penn and Drexel pretty substantially. We were able to take charge right from the start and finish well. Our novice crew also rowed well today in their first competition."
The women's varsity eight crew turned in a time of 14:50 on the 2.5-mile course, topping second-place Penn by nine seconds and third-place Drexel by 23 seconds. The second varsity eight also took first place in its 13-team race, clocking a time of 14:53.
Competing in their first race, the women's novice eight crew took third behind Penn and Drexel, respectively, with a time of 16:16.
The men's heavyweight varsity eight topped the open/collegiate race with a time of 12:48. Navy crews also took third, sixth and 11th in the race that included 19 crews.
The heavyweights took first, third and fourth in the collegiate JV eight race with the top crew clocking a time of 13:05. In the collegiate four race, Navy boats took the top-two spots in the 16-crew race. The top-finishing Navy boat turned in a time of 14:01.
Navy's heavyweight freshman crews also fared well in their first races of the season. In the freshman eight race, the Mids top boat placed third with a time of 13:46. The lightweight team also had crews in the race that placed seventh and eighth.
In the heavyweight freshman four race, Navy's top crew placed third with a time of 15:01.
The lightweight team took first place in both the varsity four and eight races. The varsity eight clocked a time of 13:06 to take first place, while other Navy boats in the race placed fourth and sixth.
In the varsity four, Navy boats took four the top-seven places, with the first-place crew posting a time of 15:05.
"I thought our crews all performed well," said Navy lightweight coach Steve Perry. "I was very happy with the wins we took in the four and eights.
"I thought our freshmen raced really, really strong and I was also happy that our varsity and second varsity made a good push as well. Overall, I thought the results were strong."
Next Sunday all three Navy teams will travel to Boston, Mass., for the Head of the Charles.