April 27, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy men's lightweight rowing team will travel to Philadelphia, Pa., to meet Penn on Saturday morning. Racing will begin with the third varsity race at 8:30 a.m. on the Schuylkill River. The first varsity race for the Callow Cup is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.
The first freshman race will take place at 8:50 a.m. and the second varsity crews will compete at 9:10 a.m.
About The Callow Cup
The race for the Callow Cup began in 1955 and is presented annually to the winner of the first varsity race between Navy and Penn. The trophy is Named after Russell "Rusty" Callow, who coached at both Navy and Penn.
Navy holds the all-time advantage in the Callow Cup competition as it leads Penn, 30-26. Navy has dominated the race in recent years as it has claimed the trophy in each of the last 11 seasons.
Last season in Annapolis, Navy won three of four races with the Quakers, taking the first, second and third varsity competitions.
The Last Time Out
Competing on the Severn River in Annapolis last Saturday, Navy won two of five races with Harvard. The Mids took the top spot in both the second and third varsity races, while the first varsity crew took second place by just a boat length.
Quoting the Coach
Head coach Steve Perry on this weekend's race...
"This is one of the oldest races in lightweight crew, as it dates all the way back to 1919. This is a big race for us, not only because it's the last one before the Eastern Sprints, but also because of its rich and storied tradition."
Navy will be off next weekend in preparation for the Eastern Sprints Championships on May 13 in Worcester, Mass.