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Navy Women's Rowing Wins Fourth Straight Patriot League Championship

May 11, 2018

CAMDEN, N.J. – The Navy women’s rowing team captured its fourth straight Patriot League Championship on Friday with action on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J. After posting the fastest qualifying times in the morning heats, the Mids came out in the afternoon grand finals and won the first and second varsity eight competitions. In the final standings, Navy outpointed Boston University, 50-46.

The rest of the standings saw Bucknell finish third with 41 points, Georgetown and Lehigh tied for fourth with 33 points. MIT (28 points), Colgate (15), Holy Cross (14), Loyola (9) placed in positions six through nine.

“Today was another great team effort,” remarked head coach Joe Schlosberg. “In the heats, we took care of business in all three boats and we set ourselves up for a good afternoon of finals. Things were looking good as the four started us off strong, but with 200 meters left and the four in control of their race, they caught a crab and had an oar pop out and found themselves perpendicular to the course. They managed to get straightened out, finish the race and pick up some valuable points for the team. The first and second eights both had to do some work to get ahead in their races, but they both did and were able to stay ahead and finish their races strong.”

The Mids’ first varsity four crew of Kanoe Nakoa, Clare McCarthy, Elizabeth Downing, Riley Schliem and coxswain Allie Batten were the first on the water for afternoon grand final action. After posting the fastest time in the heats at 7:45.511, the team came out and held the lead down the stretch before catching a crab and finishing in fifth with a time of 8:19.099.



With five team points following the varsity four competition, Navy’s second varsity eight crew came out and starting making up ground in the standings with 18 points courtesy of a victory in the grand final. The Mids improved from their top-seeded heat time of 6:54.057 to a 6:42.324 mark and the gold medal. Navy surpassed Boston U. by over three seconds as the Terriers clocked in at 6:46.081. The Mids’ lineup on Friday was Giovanna DeVito, Sam Fox, Victoria Meyer, Julianna Pereira, Jessica Martin, Emily Cecchini, Annie Pentaleri, Julia Bailey and coxswain Elizabeth Drake.

Part of a cluttered top of the standings after two races, Navy knew that it needed a strong result in the first varsity eight event to clinch its fourth straight league championship. The Mids’ first varsity eight crew of Emily Krulik, Raye Brackett, Maeve Broeg, Grace Lawrence, Alexandria Vallancey-Martinson, Megan Hanson, Mady Malczynski, Caroline Kelly and coxswain Bethany Spangler left nothing up for debate with a dominant four-plus second margin of victory over second-place Boston U. and 10 seconds ahead of Bucknell in third place. After posting an initial heat time of 6:36.248, the Mids came back in the grand finals with a 6:16.679 result to secure 27 team points and a grand total of 50 points.

As a result of their victory in the first varsity race, Navy’s V8 was named the Patriot League Boat of the Year, while head coach Joe Schlosberg was recognized as the Coach of the Year.

“I couldn’t be more proud of this team and the effort and fight that they showed today,” said Schlosberg. “The win was a team win and every single member of the team contributed to this fourth consecutive Patriot League championship win. We are eager to regroup and have an opportunity to represent our conference at the NCAA Championship in two weeks.”

As champions of the Patriot League, Navy has attained the conference’s automatic bid into the 2018 NCAA Division I Rowing Championships. The national meet will be held May 25-27 in Sarasota, Fla. at Nathan Benderson Park. The Mids finished 20thoverall at last year’s NCAA meet at Lake Mercer in West Windsor, N.J.

The league championship is the sixth in program history as Navy has taken the crown in 2005, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 prior to Friday.


First Varsity Eight
Grand Final

Navy – 6:16.679
Boston U. – 6:21.066
Bucknell – 6:26.719
Georgetown – 6:27.540
MIT – 6:32.561
Lehigh – 6:35.785 

Second Varsity Eight
Grand Final

Navy – 6:42.324
Boston U. – 6:46.081
Lehigh – 6:51.134
Bucknell – 6:51.172
MIT – 7:06.887
Holy Cross – 7:11.943 

First Varsity Four
Grand Final

Georgetown – 7:43.340
Bucknell – 7:49.025
Lehigh – 7:53.427
Boston U. – 7:55.847
Navy – 8:19.099
Loyola – 9:07.965 

Team Standings
Navy – 50 points
Boston U. – 46
Bucknell - 41
Georgetown - 33
Lehigh – 33
MIT - 28
Colgate - 15
Holy Cross - 14
Loyola - 9

Boat Lineups

First Varsity Eight
Emily KrulikRaye BrackettMaeve BroegGrace LawrenceAlexandria Vallancey-MartinsonMegan HansonMady MalczynskiCaroline Kelly and coxswain Bethany Spangler

Second Varsity Eight

Giovanna DeVito, Sam Fox, Victoria Meyer, Julianna Pereira, Jessica Martin, Emily Cecchini, Annie Pentaleri, Julia Bailey and coxswain Elizabeth Drake

First Varsity Four
Kanoe Nakoa, Clare McCarthy, Elizabeth Downing, Riley Schliem and coxswain Allie Batten

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