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Lightweight Rowers Face Yale on Saturday

Navy will take on Yale this Saturday.

March 29, 2013

Update (Saturday, 11:45 a.m.): All of Saturday's races have been pushed back one hour. Navy's first race will now begin at 4 p.m.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy lightweight rowing team will take on Yale in its second race of the spring this Saturday on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J. Racing will get underway at 3 p.m. with the third and fourth varsity races, followed by the first freshman race at 3:20 p.m. The second varsity crews will go head-to-head at 3:40 p.m. and the first varsity race for the Eads Johnson Trophy will take place a 4 p.m.

It marks the second consecutive weekend Navy will compete on Lake Carnegie as the Mids began their spring slate last weekend against Princeton. The Tigers took three of five races, including the first varsity competition.

"We're looking to rebound over last weekend," said Navy head coach Steve Perry. "Our preparation has been going great, but our results last weekend didn't' show that. We hope to use the momentum we've had in training to demonstrate some better results that are more indicative of our speed."

Saturday will certainly be a good test for the Mids as the Bulldogs are the defending Jope Cup Champions, having claimed the overall championship at last year's Eastern Sprints.

About the Johnson Trophy
This season will mark the 10th time Navy and Yale will compete for the Eads Johnson Trophy. The series has been competitive with the Bulldogs holding slight, 5-4, advantage. Yale has claimed the trophy in each of the past two seasons as Navy last took home the hardware in 2010.

As a Yale alumnus and a decorated Naval officer, Eads Johnson Jr. represents the annual lightweight crew race between Yale and Navy. Johnson began his collegiate rowing career at Yale University in 1930 and during his four years on the 150 lb. crew, he only lost one race.

Johnson's Naval career began at Yale University in the Naval ROTC program. As a senior, he was Battalion Commander of roughly 300 Yale ROTC students. In 1934, he graduated with a BS in Engineering and was commissioned as an Ensign in the Navy where he served for 20 years.



Directions to the Princeton Boathouse (boat launch & return site):
From the North: Take NJ Turnpike to Route 18 North (exit 9), heading for Princeton. Pick up Route 1 South and take a right at Washington Rd. Follow Washington Road over the bridge and you will see the boathouse on the left, turn left into parking lot. The address is 70 Faculty Road Princeton, NJ 08540

Directions to Finish Line:
Navy will be operating out of the finish line area on Saturday. Take Washington Road, heading toward the Princeton Campus. At Nassau Street (Rte 27 North), turn right and follow Nassau until you come upon the finish line area to your right - there will be a large gravel parking lot and a set of bleachers along Carnegie Lake.

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