April 27, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy women's rowing team will look to claim its first Patriot League title since 2005 when it competes in the conference championship this Sunday on the Cooper River in Camden County, N.J. Navy will join defending champion Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lehigh and MIT at the event.
The Patriot League Championship gets started with the varsity four race at 8 a.m., followed by the second varsity eight at 8:15 and varsity eight race at 8:30.
Patriot League Championship Central
About the Patriot League Rowing Championships
The 2012 Patriot League Rowing Championship is a full-field event that consists of three races: varsity four, second varsity eight and varsity eight. The event is scored on a weighted scale, with six points for the winner of the varsity four race, 12 for the second varsity eight and 18 for the varsity eight. If there is a tie in final point total, the higher-place finisher of the varsity eight race is crowned Patriot League champion. The Boat of the Year title goes to the winner of the varsity eight race.
Against the Competition
Navy's varsity eight crew defeated Bucknell in the first competition of the spring, the Murphy Cup final, on March 24. Navy also topped Bucknell the following week in the varsity eight final at the Occoquan Sprints.
The Mids met MIT at the George Washington Invitational on April 7 and dropped three of four races, but won the second varsity eight.
Last Year at the Patriot League Championship
Behind a first-place finish by the varsity four crew, Navy took second place overall at the 2011 Patriot League Championship in Worcester, Mass. Navy's title in the varsity four race was its second consecutive and fourth overall.
Navy has won at least one race at five of the previous seven Patriot League Championships, and has finished second to Bucknell in the overall standings in each of the past six seasons. The Mids also finished second to the Bison in the varsity eight race in five of the last six seasons. Navy won the inaugural League Championship in 2005.
Quoting the Coach
Head coach Mike Hughes on this weekend's Patriot League Championships...
"It's the most important race of the year for us. We expect great competition, especially from Bucknell and MIT, and the team that has the best race is going to win. We're ready to go mentally and physically and looking forward to it."
Navy will compete in the EAWRC Sprints Championships on May 13 in Cherry Hill, N.J.