Oct. 27, 2012
PHILADELPHIA - The Navy women's rowing team posted second-place finishes in all three of its races on Saturday at the Head of the Schuylkill in Philadelphia, Pa. Navy's varsity eight missed out on taking first place in the open heavy championship race by just .02.
"It was a tremendous row for the varsity eight - definitely the best of the fall," said Navy head coach Mike Hughes. "I'm proud of all our crews today."
The Mids' varsity eight started out in the third position in the 27-boat race and quickly worked its way toward the front. Navy crossed the finish line in 13:56.65 - just .20 behind first-place Michigan State.
"Our coxswain made some great turns and it was just an overall great row," said Hughes. "To be that close to Michigan State, a team that went to the NCAA Championships last season, is a very good sign."
Navy finished nearly :09 ahead of third-place Holy Cross and also beat Penn, Drexel, Temple and Old Dominion across the finish line.
Navy started the day with a second-place finish in the collegiate frosh/novice eight race. The Navy novice boat turned in a time of 15:05, which was seven seconds behind first-place Old Dominion and three seconds ahead of Drexel, which placed third. In total, there were 27 boats in the race.
"Not everyone in our novice boat has experience, so for them to do what they did today was amazing," said Hughes. "They looked great from start to finish."
In the open club eights race, Navy also put forth a strong showing as the Mids' crews placed second and 11th. The Mids' second-place crew crossed the finish line in 14:31, again beating out Drexel, which posted a 14:34. Trinity won the race with a time of 14:22. Navy's other crew in the race clocked 15:30 to take 11th.
"The second varsity did a magnificent job as well," said Hughes.
Navy will wrap up its fall schedule next Saturday with the Head of the Occoquan.