Murtaugh and WIT Cups on the Line for Navy Lightweights on Saturday
April 4, 2014
RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. - The Navy lightweight rowing team will be in action this Saturday with a tri-meet at Overpeck County Park in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey. The fourth-ranked Mids will face stiff competition from the No. 2 Princeton Tigers and the No. 7 Columbia Lions. The eacing on Saturday will begin at 11 a.m. with the fourth varsity competition. The first freshman/third varsity race will follow at 11:20 a.m. and the second varsity at 11:40 a.m. The first varsity race for the Murtaugh and WIT Cups will take place at 12 p.m. before the fifth varsity event concludes the day of racing at 12:30 p.m.
"After a long week of exams and training the team is looking forward to our racing with Columbia and Princeton," said Navy head coach Shawn Bagnall. "Columbia was a bronze medalist crew at the 2013 IRA Regatta, and Princeton had a very successful 2014 Fall season, so we know we have a challenging race ahead this weekend."
With the earlier postponement of the annual Navy-Princeton meet on March 22, two trophies will now be up for grabs in Overpeck Park. The first trophy is the Murtaugh Cup, which 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. All-time, the Tigers hold a 5-1 advantage in the Murtaugh Cup series.
The second trophy is the WIT (Whatever It Takes) Cup. The WIT was put into rotation by Columbia's Class of '98 and was awarded to the winner of the varsity eight race featuring Columbia, Navy and Rutgers. The trophy has been out of commission since 2006 when the Scarlet Knights disbanded its lightweight rowing program.
Last season, Navy dropped both meetings with Princeton and Columbia. On March 23, 2013, the Mids' V8 boat came up nine seconds shy of the Tigers' boat, 6:26 to 6:35. Overall, Princeton took three of the five events, though Navy won the third and fourth varsity races by substantial margins. Two weeks later on April 6, Columbia and Navy split a four-race event in Annapolis with the Lions earning victories in the V8 and 2V8 competitions. In both races, the Mids were defeated by six seconds or less. Navy rounded out its day with Columbia with wins in the varsity four and third varsity eight races.
Directions to Overpeck Park:
From the South:
1. Take the NJ Turnpike North.
2. Take exit 68 for Challenger Road.
3. Follow Challenger Road to the park entrance.
4. Once inside the park, continue North along the roadway. Parking is on the right, one mile inside the park. The boat launch area is 400 meters to the north of the parking area.