Navy Set to Defend Patriot League Women's Rowing Championship
May 15, 2014
WORCESTER, Mass. - Two weeks after capturing the first EAWRC Sprints Championship in school history, the Navy women's rowing team will be back on the water and in search of another championship. Beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday, the Midshipmen will be racing on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. at the 2014 Patriot League Championships.
"This the most important race of the year for us," said Navy head coach Mike Hughes. "Winning the Patriot League Championship would cap off a perfect season for us and allow us to compete at the NCAAs. We will have to row like champions to be champions."
Navy is the defending champion of this event and earned the league's first-ever automatic bid into the NCAA Championships last year. The Mids collected 35 team points to hold off the runner-up Bucknell by six. Navy won both the varsity eight (6:29.3) and second varsity eight (6:41.5) races and came in second in the varsity four (7:30.7) to earn the overall title. With those two victories, the program has had at least one crew finish in first place in seven of the last nine Patriot League Championships.
This year's event will be scored on a 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.
In Navy's last outing on May 4 at the Eastern Sprints, all six crews competed in their respective grand finals and the Mids won a competition-high five gold medals. The V8 and V4 boats both posted impressive first place results with victories of over four-plus seconds in each of their respective grand finals. Navy won the overall team title by two points over Northeastern, 81 to 79. Fellow Patriot League competitors Boston U (5th-58 points), Georgetown (6th-44), MIT (8th-23) and Holy Cross (10th-12) also raced at the EAWRC.
The complete field at Lake Quinsigamond this Friday will consist of those four prior mentioned schools, as well as Bucknell, Colgate, Lehigh and Loyola.
Schedule of Events
8:00 a.m. - Varsity 8 (Heat 1)
Navy, Boston U., MIT, Colgate, Loyola
8:30 a.m. - Second Varsity 8 (Heat 4)
Navy, Bucknell, Holy Cross, Lehigh
8:40 a.m. - Varsity 4 (Heat 5)
Navy, Bucknell, MIT, Holy Cross, Loyola
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
Second Varsity 8+
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