Nov. 2, 2013
FAIRFAX STATION, Va. - The Navy women's rowing team concluded its fall season with an excellent showing at the Head of the Occoquan on Saturday afternoon. Navy `A' won the Collegiate Novice 8 race to highlight the effort for the Mids, who entered three plebe crews in competition on the day.
Racing in a field of 24 boats, Navy `A' outclassed its opposition with a first-place finish of 17:43.61. The Mids navigated the nearly three-mile course 1.73 seconds faster than the Georgetown `A' boat, that finished runner-up. Navy `B' completed the race with the fifth-best time of 18:52.80, while Navy `C' timed in at 22:19.89, good for 19th place.
"Today was a great day for our plebe class," said Navy head coach Mike Hughes. "It was great to come away with the win versus a strong Georgetown squad. The Occoquan is our longest course of the season and they had a great row."
"It's special that the entire plebe class had the opportunity to all race together. Once the spring season begins, its very unlikely that the whole class will ever compete as one again. Coach Sidney Thorsten deserves all the credit for today's outcome as her and her novice staff did a great job with the plebes."
The Head of the Occoquan was Navy's final event of the 2013 calendar year. The Mids are next scheduled to compete in Murphy Cup Regatta in Cherry Hill, N.J. in March of 2014.
Women's Collegiate Novice 8+
1. Navy `A' - 17:43.61
5. Navy `B' - 18:52.80
19. Navy `C' - 22:19.8