Nov. 5, 2011
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -
The Navy women's rowing team and the men's heavyweight and lightweight freshman crews all turned in strong performances on the final day of their fall schedules on Saturday. The women's team had a pair of top-three finishes at the Head of the Occoquan in Woodbridge, Va., while the men's teams swept the top spots in all three races in which they competed at the Rutgers Fall Classic in New Brunswick, N.J.
In the first race of the day for the Navy women, the Mids took third place with a time of 18:17.32. George Washington just edged Navy for second place in the three-mile race by .01, clocking an 18:17.31.
George Mason led the entire field of 25 crews with a first-place time of 18:07.22. Navy also had boats place 12th and 14th in the race.
"We obviously wanted to win the race, but Mason was good today," said Navy women's head coach Mike Hughes. "We did beat 22 other crews, so that was good."
The women's novice crew had its best performance of the fall as it won the novice eight event. The Mids' top novice boat posted a time of 19:27.87 - nearly :15 faster than second-place Delaware.
Navy's second novice boat took ninth in the event, which included 23 crews.
"The novices were fantastic today," said Hughes. "That was great to see and really bodes well for the future."
The men's freshman crews all showed well on Saturday, as the top heavyweight and lightweight boats took the top two spots in their respective races.
In the heavyweight eight race, Navy's `B' boat cruised to a first-place finish with a time of 11:47.9. The Mids' `A' crew followed in second place, clocking an 11:59.6.
"It was great to see all of our freshman crews race this weekend," said Navy heavyweight freshman coach Rob Friedrich. "It was an exciting opportunity to show our depth by winning both the heavyweight and third freshman races. We hope to use this momentum as we head into our winter training season.
"I was happy with today's results, our plebe lights, and coach (Matt) Spalluzzi, did a fine job closing out their fall season."
The Navy lightweight boats were equally as impressive in their race as they also took the top-two spots. Like the heavyweight eight race, Navy's `B' boat was first to cross the finish line as it turned in a time of 12:08.5. The Mids' `A' crew followed in second place with a time of 12:13.0.
In the combined third freshman race, the Navy heavyweight boat placed first with a time of 12:47.3, while the lightweight crew took second with a time of 12:54.8. A Navy heavyweight and lightweight combination boat placed third.
"This is such a fantastic event that Rutgers hosts and serves a tremendous benefit to all the freshman boats that raced," said Navy lightweight coach Steve Perry. "For our crews to finish 1-2 in both events was the icing on the cake. Our gratitude and thanks to the Rutgers coaching staff for putting on such a great regatta."
The women's and men's heavyweight teams will begin their spring schedules on April 7 with the George Washington Invitational. The men's lightweight team opens their spring slate on March 24 against Princeton.
Link to Head of the Occoquan Results
Rutgers Fall Classic Results
Freshman Heavyweight Eight
1. Navy B. 11:47.9
2. Navy A. 11:59.6
3. Penn A. 12:04.6
4. Penn B. 12:36.9
5. Bucknell A. 13:06.9
6. Georgetown B. 13:07.5
7. Bucknell B. 13:11.8
8. Delaware B. 13:15.0
9. Delaware A. 13:15.6
10. Georgetown A. 13:17.9
11. Rutgers A. 13:45.8
12. Rutgers B. 13:51.1
Freshman Lightweight Eight
1. Navy B. 12:08.5
2. Navy A. 12:13.0
3. Delaware A. 12:35.5
4. Penn B. 12:36.3
5. Penn A. 12:44.1
6. Georgetown B. 13:03.9
7. Delaware B. 13:06.1
8. Georgetown A. 13:23.1
Third Freshman Eight Race
1. Navy Hwt. 12:47.3
2. Navy Lwt. 12:54.8
3. Navy Combination (Hwt/Lwt) 13:34.2
4. TCNJ 13:59.3
5. Penn 14:18.6
6. Delaware 14:24.3
7. Rutgers A. 14:31.3
8. Rutgers B. 16:18.4