Heavyweight and Lightweight Rowers Perform Well at the Princeton Chase
The lightweight varsity eight crew placed seventh.
Oct. 28, 2012
PRINCETON, N.J. - The Navy heavyweight and lightweight rowing teams competed in the Princeton 3-Mile Chase on Sunday on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J. Both teams had multiple boats competing in the varsity four, eight and freshman races.
The heavyweights began the day by taking sixth place in the varsity eight race. The Mids top crew clocked a time of 12:40, which was within three seconds of placing in the top four. Princeton won the head race with a time of 12:25. Northeastern, Cal, Cornell and Penn followed in the second through fifth places, respectively.
"I thought it was a pretty good race for our guys against some tough competition," said Navy heavyweight head coach Rob Friedrich. "To be competitive and finish in the top six was good.
"Overall, we could have gone faster today, but with a strong winter season of training we will be right up in the mix during the spring."
In one of the tightest finishes of the day, the varsity four beat Boston University across the finish line by just .081 to take second place. Navy finished in 13:57.894, while the Terriers crossed the line a hair later in 13:57.975. Cornell placed first with a time of 13:43.
"I was especially excited about our four," said Friedrich. "They performed well."
Navy's other entries in the varsity four race placed 16th, 44th and 45th.
In its final race of the fall, the lightweight varsity eighth placed seventh. Navy turned in a time of 13:05, while Harvard won the race with a 12:35.
In the lightweight four, Navy's top-finishing boat placed sixth with a time of 14:25. Navy's other boats placed 15th, 19th and 26th in the race that included 30 crews. Harvard turned in a winning time of 13:58.
The heavyweight and lightweight freshman crews both competed in the freshman eight race. The top Navy boat in the race was the heavyweight `A' crew, which placed fifth with a time of 13:14. The lightweight team's top boat placed seventh, clocking a time of 13:20.
"I thought they did well today," said Friedrich. "We have a lot of novices and I thought the preformed very well for their first big event. We have some strong freshmen that will develop over the winter."
Both the heavyweight and lightweight teams will close out the fall schedule next Saturday with the Rutgers Fall Classic.