April 13, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. -
The Navy women's rowing team won all six of its races on Saturday to claim the George Washington Invitational team title. The Mids took three races from Georgetown in the morning and then three from host George Washington in the afternoon. Overall, Navy won eight of nine races in the two-day event, topping Gonzaga for the overall-points title.
"It was a great couple of days of racing for us. This is what it's all about," said Navy head coach Mike Hughes. "We were strong this weekend, but we can still get faster."
Navy's two varsity four crews finished within 12.7 seconds of each other to take the top-two spots in the Mids' first race of the day. Georgetown's crew finished 18 seconds out of first place.
The second varsity eight followed by defeating the Hoyas by nearly nine seconds, 6:37.6-6:46.73.
In the varsity eight race, Navy never trailed and won by eight seconds, 6:31-6:39.
Navy started the afternoon with its fourth varsity eight crew, which was made of rowers from two varsity four boats, winning the third varsity race. The fourth varsity turned in a time of 6:34.3, followed by the third varsity with a 6:48.3. GW's third varsity finished with a 6:54.8.
The fourth varsity easily won its race with the Colonials, taking first place by over 32 seconds.
In what was the closest race of the day for the Mids, the second varsity held off GW to win by just under three seconds, 6:30.6-6:33.2.
Navy closed the day with a win over the Colonials' varsity eight. The Mids got out to a fast start and never trailed and won by a margin of 6:23.2-6:34.3. The win clinched the overall George Washington Invitational title.
"It was a magnificent race for us. We looked great from the start and were able to take it to them," said Hughes.
Navy will meet St. Joseph's and Rutgers next weekend.
Navy B +12.7
Navy 4V 6:34.30
Navy 3V 6:48.30