Women's Rowing Begins GW Invite With Win Over Gonzaga
April 12, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Navy women's rowing team began the two-day George Washington Invitational on Friday in Washington, D.C. by winning two of three races against Gonzaga. All three 2,000 meter races took place on the Potomac River near Washington Harbour as Navy's varsity four and varsity eight crews both topped Gonzaga.
"It was a good start to a two-day, three-race weekend," said Navy head coach Mike Hughes. "Our varsity posted the fastest time of any varsity crew on the day."
The varsity four won the first race, easily beating the Bulldogs across the finish line, 7:31.5-7:47.68. Gonzaga followed with a win in the second varsity eight, topping Navy by a margin of nearly eight seconds, 6:35.8-6:44.09.
In the varsity eight race, Navy got out to a full-boat length lead at the first 500 meters and extended it as the race hit the midway point. The two boats drew closer together in the final 500 meters, but Navy never relinquished its lead and won by just over two seconds, 6:28.2-6:30.54.
The Mids will continue the GW Invite tomorrow when they meet Georgetown in the morning and then George Washington tomorrow afternoon.
"Today was a good day and we're looking forward to tomorrow," said Hughes.