Women's Crew on the Hunt for Third Straight Patriot League Championship
CAMDEN COUNTY, N.J. – The Navy women’s rowing team is set to defend its Patriot League championship this Friday, May 12 with action versus a nine-team field on the Cooper River. The two-time reigning Patriot League champions, the Mids will be in search of the fifth conference title in program history. The racing on Friday is set to begin at 8 a.m. with heat action before the championship finals kick off at 11:30 a.m.
The winner of the Patriot League Championship will earn the conference’s automatic bid into the 2017 NCAA Championship that is set for May 26-28 at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J.
Navy is seeded first in both the varsity eight and varsity four fields, while the Mids’ second varsity eight boat was voted as the second seed. Boston Univ., Georgetown and Navy were selected as the top contenders in the varsity eight, while the league’s coaches seeded Bucknell and Boston in the top-three alongside Navy for both the second varsity and varsity four events.
In 2016, Navy captured its second straight league title with a hard fought, 49-48 victory over Boston at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. A victory in the varsity four race and two runner-up results in the first and second varsity eight competitions gave the Mids just enough to claim the one-point win. A close and intense competition throughout saw the top three teams all win one race and ultimately finish within five points of each other. The runner-up Terriers won the varsity eight race, while the third place Bison of Bucknell won the second varsity eight event and finished with 44 points.
In the varsity four race, Navy breezed to a 13-plus second victory over the field with a time of 8:14.076. The grand final for the second varsity eight saw a tightly grouped trio of boats separated themselves from the pack. A fast start by Bucknell secured the Bison the event win with a time of 7:23.666, though Navy was close behind at 7:25.233. In a dramatic V8 race, an early equipment malfunction looked to railroad Navy’s chances of winning the race, but more importantly winning the overall championship. The nine athletes in the first varsity boat put in a gritty out a come-from-behind push that turned an early fifth place standing into a runner-up finish and 25 team points. The Mids recorded a time of 7:17.351 to finish behind Boston’s 7:13.522. A fourth-place result for Bucknell at 7:21.944 sealed the one-point championship victory for Navy.
This year's event will be scored on the same weighted scale, with nine points for the winner of the varsity four race, 18 for the second varsity eight and 27 for the varsity eight. The Patriot League Champion will be awarded to the school that accumulates the most total points in the three races. If there is a tie in final point total, the higher-place finisher of the varsity eight race is crowned Patriot League champion. Awards will also be given for Coach of the Year and Boat of the Year.
The complete field at the Cooper River this Friday will consist of Boston University, Bucknell, Colgate, Georgetown, Holy Cross, Lehigh, Loyola and MIT.
Schedule of Events
8:00 a.m. - Varsity 8 (Heat 1)
Navy, Bucknell, Colgate, MIT, Loyola
8:30 a.m. - Second Varsity 8 (Heat 2)
Navy, Boston U., Holy Cross, Lehigh
8:40 a.m. – Varsity 4 (Heat 1)
Navy, Georgetown, Holy Cross, Loyola, MIT,
11:30 a.m. – Varsity 4 Petite Final
11:40 a.m. - Second Varsity 8 Petite Final
11:50 a.m. - Varsity 8 Petite Final
12:00 p.m. - Varsity 4 Grand Final
12:10 p.m. - Second Varsity 8 Grand Final
12:20 p.m. - Varsity 8 Grand Final