Navy Women's Crew to Begin NCAA Championship Action on Friday
WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – The Navy women’s crew team will begin the first of three days of racing at the 2017 NCAA Championships this Friday. Competing in the national championship for the fourth time in school history, the Mids will be one of 22 teams at Lake Mercer vying for the title. Heat and repechage racing will take kick off the event on Friday before the semifinals will be held on Saturday. The championship finals are scheduled for Sunday morning.
This will be the fifth NCAA Championship with an expanded field as Navy is one of 11 teams that earned an automatic bid by virtue of winning its conference title. In total, there will be 22 schools competing in each of the three boat classes – varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four.
Navy finished a school-record 19th overall at the 2016 event, as the Mids’ V4 finished in 16th place, its 2V8 in 19th place and its V8 in 21st at Lake Natoma at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center.
“The NCAA Championship is an amazing event to finish the year,” remarked head coach Joe Schlosberg. “It's incredibly special to be able to represent the Naval Academy and the Patriot League at this level.
“Over the course of the spring season, we have raced against 11 of the 22 teams competing. I'd like to think that we have a decent understanding of the speed that we are going to see, but you never know until you line up and race. We are a very young team with nine freshmen and eight sophomores within this NCAA group and to be able to race here and gain this experience - it's invaluable.”
Competition will begin on Friday morning with four heat races in each boat’s class. The varsity eight kicks off the racing at 9:36 a.m. with Navy in heat four versus Princeton, Ohio State, Virginia, Notre Dame and UMass. The Mids’ second varsity eight crew will hit the water at 10:12 a.m. in heat three action against Brown, Princeton, Virginia, Notre Dame and Jacksonville. The varsity four rounds out the slate of initial heat racing at 11:00 with heat three competition versus Michigan, Wisconsin, Stanford, Indiana and Jacksonville.
The top two boats from each heat will advance to Saturday’s A-B semifinals, while the remainder of the crews will head to the repechages. Two repechages will take place Friday afternoon between 4:00-6:00 p.m., with the top two crews heading to the A-B semifinals and the remainder competing in the C-D semifinals.
Saturday will consist of semifinal races, setting the schedule for Sunday’s finals. The top three crews from the A-B semifinals will advance to the Grand Final with the remaining teams heading to the Petite Final. The top three crews from the C-D semifinals will compete in the C final, while the remainder will race in the D final. The action on Saturday and Sunday is slated to kick off at 8:00 a.m. on both days.
Navy qualified for the NCAA Championship by knocking off Boston University, 51-46 at the Patriot League Championships earlier this month. The Mids breezed to victories with its lower two boats to build up a five-point lead over Bucknell through two races before closing strong and finishing in second place in the first varsity eight race. The league championship was the fifth title in program history, as the Mids have won in 2005, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
The program tested itself this spring in nationally renowned regattas, such as the Doc Hosea Invitational and Clemson Invitational, as well as regional-based competitions like the Murphy Cup and George Washington Invitation. In those events, Navy has raced against No. 3 Texas, No. 5 Ohio State, No. 11 Indiana, No. 12 Virginia, No. 14 Syracuse and No. 16 Wisconsin to name a few. In head-to-head racing this spring, the Mids’ varsity eight boat posted a 4-2 record. Navy’s V8 was named the Patriot League Boat of the Week twice, while its V4 crew gathered weekly accolade five times.
Second Varsity 8
Cox: Marissa Amodeo, Stroke: Annie Laurie Gibson, 7: Isabelle Babb, 6: Clare McCarthy, 5: McKenna Niemer, 4: Rayelynn Brackett, 3: Brianna Warren, 2: Emily Krulik, Bow: Miranda Kosmides
Cox: Lauren Schrock, Stroke: Francesca Browne, 3: Jessica Martin, 2: Megan Farabaugh, Bow: Giovanna DeVito
V8 - 9:36 AM
2V8 - 10:12 AM
V4 - 11:00 AM
V8 - 4:12 PM or 4:24 PM
2V8 - 4:36 PM or 4:48 PM
V4 - 5:00 PM or 5:12 PM
V8 - 8:12 - 8:48 AM, 4 races
2V8 - 9:00 - 9:36 AM, 4 races
V4 - 9:48 - 10:24 AM, 4 races
8:00-11:00 AM, 4 finals per class ... A, B, C, D