Patriot League Championships Ahead For Women's Rowing on Friday
May 16, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - After nearly two weeks off from competition, the Navy women's rowing team will return to action on Friday when it travels to Worcester, Mass., for the Patriot League Championships. The varsity four race will begin at 8:10 a.m., followed by the second varsity eight at 8:30 a.m. The varsity eight crews will conclude the event when they race at 8:50 a.m.
In addition to a conference title, there is even more on the line Friday as for the first time in history, the winner of the Patriot League title will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. This year's national championships will be held May 31-June 2 in Indianapolis, Ind.
The Mids have had at least one crew take first place in six of the previous eight Patriot League Championships. Last year, Navy took second overall after winning the second varsity eight race, placing second in the varsity four race and taking third in the varsity eight competition.
"This is what we've been training for all year, hopefully we can get it done," said Navy head coach Mike Hughes. "I feel like we have put ourselves in a good position. We're ready both mentally and physically and looking forward to it."
The Patriot League Championships are 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.
The Mids are 5-0 in head-to-head racing this season and began the spring with the first and second varsity eight crews both winning the Murphy Cup and Occoquan Sprints in consecutive weekends. The Mids followed by combining to win eight of nine races at the George Washington Invitational, taking the overall points trophy.
In Navy's last outing on May 5 at the Eastern Sprints, all six crews competed in their respective grand finals and the Mids placed five boats in the top four. The first and second varsity eight crews both placed fourth, while the novice eight won its grand final.
B Molly Hanna
2 Shelby Taylor
3 Darby Nelson
4 Cessily Skinner
5 Kricket Masters
6 Katherine Ashton
7 Catherine Oakley
S Katie Quinn
C Michaela Bilotta