Nov. 10, 2013
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - The Navy rowing program saw its fall season conclude on Saturday with the heavyweight and lightweight teams participating in the Rutgers Fall Classic. The heavyweights highlighted Navy’s strong effort as they won the “team” title for the Freshmen/Novice 8 event. Racing for the day was held on a 2.5-mile stretch of the Raritan River in New Brunswick, N.J.
The Rutgers Fall Classic is a unique regatta that is designed to test a program’s depth as “team” titles are awarded to the school whose top two “even” boats combine for the best total time.
Both the heavyweight and lightweight program’s used this regatta to test their plebe classes in action versus some of the Mid-Atlantic’s best schools.
In the Freshmen/Novice 8 race, Navy’s heavyweight ‘B’ and ‘A’ entries finished first and second with times of 13:07 and 13:21, respectively. These results automatically gave the Mids the “team” title in the event with a combined time of 26:28, 31 seconds clear of Penn’s cumulative time of 26:59.
The lightweight entries finished fifth in the “team” standings with a combined time of 27:46. Navy ‘B’ finished the course in 13:44, while the ‘A’ boat posted a 14:02 time.
The ‘C’ entries of both the heavyweight and lightweight teams finished 10th and 15th with times of 13:56 and 14:33, respectively.
“We’re really proud of the plebes’ performance on Saturday,” said Navy heavyweight freshmen coach John Flynn. “Our three crews rowed strong and really showed off the depth of our 2017 class. We’re really excited about how they performed against some top-notch opposition and how they’ll continue to develop in the future.”
“We’re in a good spot after the fall season, but there still is work to do,” said Flynn.
The 150s had three more entries on the afternoon as they raced in the Varsity 4 event.
On the strength of its third place finish by its ‘B’ boat at 14:05 and its fourth place result by its ‘A’ boat at 14:07, Navy nearly missed capturing the “team” title with its combined time of 28:12. The pairing of Georgetown ‘A’ and ‘B’ was awarded the title by finishing eight seconds ahead of Navy at 28:04.
Navy ‘C’ finished in 10th place out of 15 boats with a time of 14:43 to round out the team’s entries.
“Coach Archer and the entire plebe team had a solid regatta today,” said Navy lightweight coach Shawn Bagnall. “After this event, I know they’re motivated for the spring season.”
“Our varsity also made a nice step forward and I’m proud of their progress since the Princeton Chase.”
“A big thank you goes out to the Rutgers coaching staff for a fantastic regatta,” said Bagnall.
The two programs will next see competition in the spring with the lightweights getting in the water versus Princeton on March 22 and heavyweights starting two weeks later on April 5 versus Princeton, as well.
1. Navy ‘B’ - 13:07
2. Navy ‘A’ - 13:21
8. Navy Ltwt ‘B’ - 13:44
10. Navy ‘C’ - 13:56
11. Navy Ltwt ‘A’ - 14:02
15. Navy Ltwt ‘C’ - 14:33Team Results
1. Navy - 26:28
5. Navy Ltwt - 27:46Varsity 4
3. Navy Ltwt ‘B’ - 14:05
4. Navy Ltwt ‘A’ - 14:07
10. Navy Ltwt ‘C’ - 14:43Team Results
2. Navy Ltwt - 28:12