March 28, 2014
The Navy lightweight rowing team will open the 2014 spring season this Saturday when it travels north to take on Yale in the annual battle for the Johnson Cup. The racing on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J., will begin at 4 p.m. with the third varsity competition. The first freshman race will follow at 4:20 p.m. and the second varsity at 4:40 p.m. The first varsity race for the Johnson Cup will begin at 5 p.m.
""After an especially long winter the guys are excited to get out and start the spring season,” said Navy head coach Shawn Bagnall. “The opportunity to kick the season off against one of the strongest teams in our conference will certainly let us know where we're at, and where we need to go. Racing for a trophy that honors a man with a deep connection to both Yale and Navy makes the racing all that more meaningful."
The Eads Johnson Cup was established in 2004 and is presented to the winner of the varsity race between Navy and Yale. The trophy is named after Eads Johnson, the captain of the 1934 Yale lightweight rowing team and a 20-year member of the U.S. Navy. In its nine-year history, the Bulldogs have earned five titles to four for the Mids.
Last season in Princeton, the Bulldogs swept the four races, including the varsity race for its second straight Johnson Cup victory. The second varsity eight competition was the closest of the day as Navy fell by just four seconds to Yale, 6:06-6:10.
The Midshipmen began their 2013-14 season by taking part in four races in the fall. The highlight of Navy’s slate was a finish place finish at the Navy Day Regatta in Philadelphia in October.
4:00 pm 3V/4V
4:20 pm 1F
4:40 pm 2V
5:00 pm 1V (Eads Johnson Cup)