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Navy Completes First Day of Racing at NCAA Championships

The V4 in action on Friday
May 26, 2017

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – The Navy women’s rowing program kicked off the first of three days of action on Friday at the 2017 NCAA Championships with heat and repechage racing at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J. At the conclusion of the day’s competition, Navy found itself lined up for three races in C/D semifinals on Saturday.

“Our youth and inexperience racing at this level really showed today,” remarked head coach Joe Schlosberg. “I think we had a mix of nervousness and excitement that affected our performance.”

The first varsity eight was the first crew on the water on Friday as it raced in the fourth heat in the morning. Competing in a heat with Princeton (No. 4 seed), Ohio State (No. 5), Virginia (No. 12), Notre Dame (No. 13) and UMass (No. 21), the 20th-seeded Mids were in striking distance of the Fighting Irish for fourth place at the 1,000-meter mark with a half-race split of 3:13.023 before pulling back a bit down the stretch in preparation for more racing in the afternoon (only the top-two boats in each heat automatically advance to the semifinals). They would finish the 2,000-meter race with a time of 6:35.741 to rank sixth of six. In the repechage in the afternoon, Navy’s V8 boat struggled to gain much traction and finished seventh of seven with a 6:38.486 result.

“The V8 puts a lot of pressure on themselves and can get a little tight with their racing,” remarked Schlosberg. “If they can relax and race their race, they can do some great things.”

The second varsity eight found some success as the crew ranked fifth of six in the morning heat race and sixth of seven in the later repechage. In a fairly straight-forward contest in the morning, the Mids settled into fifth place at the 500-meter mark and stayed there slowly extending its lead over the Jacksonville Dolphins over the final 1,500. Navy clocked in with a heat time of 7:02.223 to best Jacksonville (7:13.55) by over 11 seconds. A similar storyline unfolded in the repechage with the Mids breaking in sixth place and sticking there for the entirety of the race. At the halfway mark, Navy challenged fifth-place Gonzaga as the Mids were within 1.12 seconds of the Bulldogs. In the final standings, Navy finished five-plus seconds behind Gonzaga’s pace at 6:40.989 to 6:46.446. UMass came in more than 11 seconds after Navy at 6:58.019.



“The 2V is gaining confidence,” said Schlosberg. “They are far from satisfied. They know and I know that they can do a whole lot more as we move on this weekend.”

The final boat to compete on Friday was Navy’s varsity four. Competing in a six-team heat race, Navy went wire-to-wire in fifth place with a 1,000-meter split of 3:45.960 and a final time of 7:37.997. In a fairly spaced out field, Indiana finished ahead of Navy in fourth at 7:30.371, while Jacksonville came in sixth at 8:06.944. The Mids repeated that performance of knocking off one team in the repechage as they clocked in at 7:37.806, seven seconds ahead of seventh-place UMass (7:44.859).

“I think the girls are still finding themselves and figuring out how to work together as a boat,” said assistant coach Jessica Mahon. “I’m excited to see what they can do with these next two races.”

As a result of Friday’s racing, Navy will be competing in a trio of C/D Semifinals on Saturday morning and be in contention for eventual finals on Sunday that rank 13th through 22nd place. The V8 crew races at 8:12 a.m., the 2V8 at 9:00 a.m. and the V4 at 10:00 a.m.

Boat Lineups

Varsity 8 
Cox: Molly McAleer, Stroke: Julia Bailey, 7: Victoria Meyer, 6: Ashlyn Dawson, 5: Maeve Broeg, 4: Grace Lawrence, 3: Megan Hanson, 2: Emily Cecchini, Bow: Mady Malczynski

Second Varsity 8
Cox: Marissa Amodeo, Stroke: Annie Laurie Gibson, 7: Isabelle Babb, 6: Clare McCarthy, 5: McKenna Niemer, 4: Rayelynn Brackett, 3: Brianna Warren, 2: Emily Krulik, Bow: Miranda Kosmides 

Varsity 4
Cox: Lauren Schrock, Stroke: Francesca Browne, 3: Jessica Martin, 2: Megan Farabaugh, Bow: Giovanna DeVito


First Varsity 8

Heat 4
Ohio State – 6:11.158
Princeton – 6:14.181
Virginia – 6:16.715
Notre Dame – 6:30.565
UMass – 6:31.831
Navy – 6:35.741 

Repechage 2
Virginia – 6:15.603
Brown – 6:17.713
Iowa – 6:18.986
Northeastern – 6:19.793
Syracuse – 6:22.506
Gonzaga – 6:24.640
Navy – 6:38.486

Second Varsity 8

Heat 3
Brown – 6:21.157
Virginia – 6:22.422
Princeton – 6:24.017
Notre Dame – 6:38.960
Navy – 7:02.223
Jacksonville – 7:13.550 

Repechage 2
Stanford – 6:26.413
Syracuse – 6:29.573
Northeastern – 6:36.609
Notre Dame – 6:38.339
Gonzaga – 6:40.989
Navy – 6:46.446
UMass – 6:58.019 

First Varsity 4

Heat 3
Michigan – 7:02.466
Stanford – 7:04.614
Wisconsin – 7:08.237
Indiana – 7:30.371
Navy – 7:37.997
Jacksonville – 8:06.944 

Repechage 1
Iowa – 7:07.546
Virginia – 7:08.879
Brown – 7:09.566
Indiana – 7:15.962
Washington State – 7:17.926
Navy – 7:37.806
UMass – 7:44.859 

Saturday Schedule
V8 - C/D Semifinal 1 – 8:12 AM
2V8 – C/D Semifinal 1 – 9:00 AM
V4 – C/D Semifinal – 10:00 AM

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