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Lightweight Rowing Meets Yale on Saturday

Navy will look to reclaim the Johnson Trophy on Saturday.

March 30, 2012

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy lightweight rowing team will travel to Princeton, N.J., this Saturday to meet Yale for the Johnson Trophy. Competition on Lake Carnegie will begin at 3 p.m. with the third varsity and second freshman races. The first varsity race for the Eads Johnson Trophy will begin at 4 p.m.

Saturday's Schedule
3:00 p.m. Third Varsity/Second Freshman
3:20 p.m. First Freshman
3:40 p.m. Second Varsity
4:00 p.m. First Varsity

About the Johnson Trophy
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.

Last Year Against Yale
Yale reclaimed the Johnson Trophy as it won the varsity eight race by three seconds. The Bulldogs also won the second and third varsity races as well as the freshman first freshman competition.

The Last Time Out
Navy opened the season against Princeton last Saturday on the Severn River where the Mids won three of five races, but lost the varsity race and their bid to recapture the Joe Murtaugh Cup. The Midshipmen won the second varsity and second freshman races, and both Navy's third and fourth varsity boats topped the Tigers' third varsity crew.

Up Next
Navy will travel to New York to take on Columbia next Saturday at 9 a.m.

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:
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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