April 11, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Navy women’s rowing team went seven-for-seven in second day competition at the George Washington Invitational. Racing on the Potomac River in the nation’s capital, the Mids earned four victories versus the host Colonials of George Washington in the morning and three against the Engineers of MIT.
“Today capped off a great weekend of Navy racing,” said head coach Mike Hughes. “We did a really good job of handling ourselves in tough conditions. The wind was really blowing and resulted in a huge tailwind.”
Navy went one, two in the first race of the day, the third varsity eight event. The Mids’ fourth varsity crew won at 6:58.9 ahead of its teammates in the third varsity boat at 7:01.0. The Colonials’ third varsity crew timed in at 7:15.1.
The varsity four crews were next up on the water as the Mids won by 11.6 seconds at 7:29.0 to 7:40.6.
Navy got its best challenge versus George Washington in the second varsity eight with a 4.1-second victory at 6:39.2 to 6:43.3.
In the first varsity eight race, the Mids won by 12.7 seconds at 6:31.6 to 6:44.3.
In the afternoon, the varsity four event was first and saw Navy go one, two with its `B’ boat winning at 7:13.5 ahead of its `A’ boat at 7:19.2. MIT was third at 7:39.2.
In the second varsity eight, the Mids won with a time of 6:39.3. MIT came in nearly 20 seconds behind in second place at 6:59.2.
Navy’s closest race of the day came in the varsity eight event. The Mids withstood a tough challenge by the Engineers and pulled away for a 2.9-second win at 6:24.0 to 6:26.9.
“MIT gave us our toughest challenge,” said Hughes. “They stayed with us and held a slight lead with 500 to go, but we had a pretty good sprint to get into open water.”
On the weekend, Navy went 11 of 11 to win the Howard W. Wilkins Cup with 108 points. St. Joseph’s was second with 96 team points.
“Getting to compete against MIT and Georgetown this weekend was good as it’s always great to get a chance to measure yourselves versus league opponents,” said Hughes.
Navy will next be in action on Saturday, April 18 with a three-team meet versus St. Joseph’s and Rutgers in Philadelphia.
Navy 4V — 6:58.9
Navy 3V — 7:01.0
G.W. — 7:15.1
Navy — 7:29.0
G.W. — 7:40.6
Navy — 6:39.2
G.W. — 6:43.3
Navy — 6:31.6
G.W. — 6:44.3
Navy `B’ — 7:13.5
Navy `A’ — 7:19.2
MIT — 7:39.2
Navy `A’ — 6:39.3
MIT — 6:59.2
Navy `B’ — 7:09.8
Navy — 6:24.00
MIT — 6:26.9