Navy Finishes 20th in 2017 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships
WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – The Navy women’s rowing program wrapped up action at the 2017 NCAA Championships on Sunday with D Final competitions for the Mids’ first varsity eight, second varsity eight and first varsity four crews. When the day’s racing was complete at Mercer Lake, Navy finished ranked 20th overall in the team standings.
In four NCAA Championship appearances in Navy’s program history, the 20th-place finish is second-best, trailing just the 2016 team that ranked 19th at Lake Natoma in Sacramento, Calif.
“Today was filled with tough, hard racing from the A-level finals all the way through the D-level finals,” remarked head coach Joe Schlosberg. “We finished 20th as a team, and while we didn't meet all of our goals...especially team finish position, we raced, and we raced hard throughout all three days.”
The Mids’ varsity four crew had the best result of the day for Navy as they led off Sunday’s action with a hotly-contested victory in the D Final. After opening over the first 500 meters in second place between first-place UCF and third-place UMass, Navy and UCF quickly separated themselves from the bottom two boats by the 1,000-meter mark with the Knights clocking in at 3:17.791 and the Mids at 3:18.691. A 1:58.051 split between the 1,000 and 1,500-meter marks allowed Navy to overtake UCF by 0.425 seconds. Down the stretch the team of Francesca Browne, Jessica Martin, Megan Farabaugh, Giovanna DeVito and coxswain Lauren Schrock pulled away for a 3.344-second victory at 7:44.770 to 7:48.114. The race victory placed the Mids’ V4 in 19th-place overall for the meet.
“The V4 kicked us off today and for three-fourths of the race, if not longer, it was back-and-forth between Navy and UCF,” said Schlosberg. “As they were heading towards the red bouys and 250-m to go, the boat did a great job to start to move out. They then made a big move and never looked back.”
The D Final for the second varsity eight crews from Gonzaga, Navy, UMass and Jacksonville was up next on Sunday morning. The order of Bulldogs, Mids, Minutewomen and Dolphins stayed that way over the entire 2,000 meters. The top-three boats were separated by 3.02 seconds at the halfway with Gonzaga timed in at 3:30.22, Navy at 3:31.97 and UMass at 3:34.24. Gonzaga added nearly seven seconds to its eventual margin of victory as the Bulldogs finished the race with a 7:01.756 result ahead of Navy’s 7:09.759 time. Marissa Amodeo served as the coxswain for the 2V8 crew of Annie Laurie Gibson, Isabelle Babb, Clare McCarthy, McKenna Niemer, Rayelynn Brackett, Brianna Warren, Emily Krulik and Miranda Kosmides. In the final standings, Navy ranked 20th overall.
“The 2V8 got off the line strong and were going toe-to-toe with Gonzaga,” said Schlosberg. “They stayed on their heels through the first half of the race. In the third 500, we just could not match Gonzaga's base speed and they just steadily pulled away. We went after them and were very aggressive, we just couldn't keep up.”
A very competitive first varsity eight D Final rounded out the Mids’ three-day run of competition at Mercer Lake. The opening 500 meters saw Gonzaga, UMass, Navy and Jacksonville separated by 1.14 seconds from first to fourth. The first three stay tightly grouped at the 1,000-meter mark with Gonzaga still leading the way at 3:24.15 with UMass and Navy right behind at 3:24.42 and 3:24.86, respectively. The Bulldogs gained separation over the next two boats in the second half of the race and finished first at 6:43.406. The Minutewomen held off the Mids by 1.765 seconds at 6:49.054 to 6:50.819 to take second place. Navy’s V8 boat over the course of the championship consisted of Mady Malczynski, Emily Cecchini, Megan Hanson, Grace Lawrence, Maeve Broeg, Ashlyn Dawson, Victoria Meyer, Julia Bailey and coxswain Molly McAleer. The boat ranked 21st overall in the championship standings.
“In the V8, we got off the line again quite well, but so did the entire field,” remarked Schlosberg. “Because of that, when Gonzaga shifted into their base, they were in a great position to take charge of the field. We raced a great race, we were just spending a lot of energy trying to catch Gonzaga...and in doing so, we opened up the door for UMass to slide by us. It was a hard fought race and we just couldn't match those crews speed today.”
At the conclusion of the day’s racing, the University of Washington won the 2017 NCAA Championship with 132 team points. The Huskies held off the Cal Bears and Michigan Wolverines, who finished in second and third place respectively with 123 and 112 points. Further back in the standings, Central Florida (28 pts) and Gonzaga (25 pts) ranked 18th and 19th place ahead of Navy (16 pts). UMass (15 pts) and Jacksonville (6 pts) rounded out the standings in 21st and 22nd.
“I think that from this weekend, this young team got incredible race experience,” exclaimed Schlosberg. “This experience is what we can take into the summer training and then bring back to kick things off in the fall.
“I am incredibly proud of the entire 2016-2017 team and I am so happy for the class of '17 and am excited to see what they do in the future. A huge thanks goes out to the coaching staff. Jessica Mahon came in and really embraced the challenge and responsibilities that come within the walls of Hubbard Hall. She really was able to draw out the best from this young group. Steve Root always provided a wonderful perspective, a "let's take a step back" view and was a true lifesaver for all. Taylor Ruden got her feet wet in the coaching world and I think she's got bit by the coaching bug. Her work with this team's coxswains was vital.
“With this passionate group of coaches and a hungry, young team, I'm really excited to see the continued growth of these women and this program!”
First Varsity 8
D Final (Places 19-22)
Gonzaga – 6:43.406
UMass – 6:49.054
Navy – 6:50.819 (21st overall)
Jacksonville – 7:08.056
Second Varsity 8
Gonzaga – 7:01.756
Navy – 7:09.759 (20th overall)
UMass – 7:14.629
Jacksonville – 7:29.449
First Varsity 4
Navy – 7:44.770 (19th overall)
Central Florida – 7:48.114
UMass – 8:00.247
Jacksonville – 8:13.580
NCAA Championship Standings
1. Washington – 132 points
2. California – 123
3. Michigan – 112
4. Texas – 108
5. Ohio State – 106
18. Central Florida – 28
19. Gonzaga – 25
20. Navy – 16
21. UMass – 15
22. Jacksonville - 6