March 22, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy lightweight rowing team will open the 2013 spring season this Saturday when it travels north to take on Princeton in the annual battle for the Murtaugh Cup. Racing on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J., will begin at 10 a.m. with the third varsity competition. The first freshman race will follow at 10:20 a.m. and the second varsity at 10:40 a.m. The first varsity race for the Murtaugh Cup will begin at 11 a.m.
"We had a terrific spring break trip and we're excited about this weekend's race," said Navy head coach Steve Perry. "Racing is always fair on Lake Carnegie and we're most excited to see where we are right now."
The Joe Murtaugh Cup was established in 2008 and is presented to the winner of the varsity race between Navy and Princeton. The trophy is named after the former Princeton and U.S. lightweight rowing coach, Joe Murtaugh. Navy won the first Cup in 2008, but the Tigers have claimed wins in the last four races.
Last season in Annapolis, the Midshipmen won three of five races, including the second varsity, third varsity and second freshman. Princeton took the first varsity by a margin of just under five seconds.
Navy began the 2012-13 season by competing in four races this past fall. The varsity eight placed in the top-eight of all four regattas, including taking seventh out of 27 crews at the Princeton Chase to close the fall schedule.
Last spring, the varsity crew went 2-5 before placing eighth at the Eastern Sprints. Navy's other five boats all placed in the top five at the Eastern Sprints, including the two freshman crews. The Mids closed the 2012 season on a high note with the varsity four winning the IRA National Championship.