Women's Rowing Dominates Competition at Occoquan Sprints
Navy swept its competition in four Occoquan Sprint finals on Sunday
April 6, 2014
FAIRFAX STATION, Va. – The Navy women’s rowing team put together a dominant performance on the Occoquan River on Sunday as the team collected victories in every division of racing that it entered at the Occoquan Sprints. Four teams earned Grand Final victories, while a fifth, the Novice Four crew, won its heat in a non-final event.
“Our program performed amazing today,” said Navy head coach Mike Hughes. “We won every event that we entered and showed once again how deep we are. Getting a chance to race against and beat programs like North Carolina was great. You couldn’t have asked for a better day for Navy Rowing.”
The Varsity 8 and Second Varsity 8 boats kept its streak of Occoquan Sprint titles alive as they won their events for the third straight year. Navy’s V8 crew qualified for the finals with a 25.5-second victory in Heat 1 before posting a 7.89-second win over North Carolina to earn the title. The Mids posted a time of 6:32.98 to best the Tar Heels. In 2V8 action, the Mids won its qualifying heat by 12.26 seconds and followed it up with a time of 7:05.80 to defeat the University of North Carolina in the finals.
The final varsity competition consisted of V4 racing and for the second straight week, Navy dominated its opposition with a 1-2-3 finish in the finals. Navy’s ‘A’ boat earned the title with a 7:32.21 result, 5.89 seconds ahead of Navy ‘B’ (7:38.10). Navy’s ‘C’ entry rounded out the event sweep with a time of 7:56.43, more than five seconds ahead of the fourth-place finishing boat from George Mason.
The Mids had novice boats in both the eight-women and four-women events. In the Novice 8 finals, Navy cruised to a 45.11-second victory over Virginia Tech, 7:07.88-to-7:52.99. The Novice 4 competition did not have a final, but the Mids won their heat race in strong fashion by 10.87 seconds over William & Mary, 8:29.8-to-8:40.67.
The team will continue its early season action with two days of competition at the George Washington Invitational in Washington, D.C. The action kicks off on Friday with afternoon rowing before giving way to a full slate of competition on Saturday.
Junior Varsity 8
- Navy – 7:05.80
- North Carolina – 7:10.73
- Navy – 8:29.80
- William & Mary – 8:40.67
- Navy – 7:07.88
- Virginia Tech – 7:52.99
- Navy ‘A’ – 7:32.21
- Navy ‘B’ – 7:38.10
- Navy ‘C’ – 7:56.43
- George Mason – 8:03.09
- Navy – 6:32.98
- North Carolina – 6:40.87