Blue Blog – IRAs: Friday Update and Results

Folks … A brief off cycle up-date including a combined Y150 and N150 Blue Blog. Cheers! Coach ______________________________________________________ Y150 advanced two boats to Sunday’s Grand Finals — LV8 and L4+. Yale’s L4- finished 4th in heat, and will row in Petite Final on Sunday. N150 advanced both fours to Sunday’s GF. After having beaten Harvard twice this season in Haines Cup and at EARC Sprints, the Mids finished 4th in their heat, trailing the Crimson by 2.8 seconds and moving to Sunday’s PF. Among LWs, Cornell and Princeton advanced 3 boats to GF. Yale, Navy, Penn, Columbia and Harvard, advanced two each. Competing in L8+ for the1922 Trophy and National Championship on Sunday will be Yale, Columbia, Penn, Princeton, Cornell and Harvard. Navy and Mercyhurst will compete in PF. In heavyweight competition, in V8+ Yale and Navy, finished 1st and 2nd in heat 1 and advanced directly to the A/B semifinals on Saturday to decide which crews advance to either GF or PF on Sunday. Yale is in Semi 1 and Navy in Semi 2. In 2V8+, Yale was 2nd in their heat advancing directly to A/B semifinals. Navy was 3rd in their heat moving to Repechage, where they also finished 3rd. Navy 2V8+ will next race in the 3rd level final on Sunday. In 3V8+, having finished 4th and 5th, respectively in heats, both Yale and Navy, moved to afternoon Repechage 2. The Elis placed 2nd and Mids 3rd , both advancing to A/B semifinals. Yale is in Semi 2 and Navy in Semi 1. In V4+ heat 3, Yale and Navy were 4th and 5th. In respective Repechage racing, Yale finished 3rd and Navy 4th. As a result, both Elis and Mids will meet in C/D Semifinal 3 on Saturday to decide which crews advance to either 3rd or 4th level finals on Sunday. For squads that enter a full number of events, rowers in V4+ generally draw from 4th and 3rd varsity eights. Four crews in V4+ A/B semifinals did not enter eights competition – Holy Cross, Georgetown, Marietta and MIT. It is therefore likely that competitors in these boats were from top rowers in those four squads. If you plan to be at Mercer or follow IRA racing online, please be aware that there have been changes to the event schedule per the 2016 IRA Fairness Commission to accommodate anticipated inclement weather. 2016 IRA Saturday Schedule – UPDATED & NEW (6/3/16) will begin at 08:30 with racing intervals compressed to 8 minutes. 2016 IRA Sunday Schedule – UPDATED & NEW (6/3/16) will begin at 07:00 with racing intervals also compressed to 8 minutes. The order of racing has been prioritized in favor of Grand Finals. GF for eights are now scheduled to start between 07:08 and 07:48. Set your alarms accordingly and brew the coffee strong. “0 dark thirty” comes too early, but at least sunrise is at 05:29 in Princeton. ______________________________________________________ Real time streaming of all IRA events, all 3 days, is available on YouTube via USRowing. For real-time updates go to Live Results; And to USRowing for 2016 IRA Championships Central. There is always good rowing stuff on Row2k including 2016 IRA Event Coverage. ______________________________________________________ For full N150 news go here. For full Y150 news go here. For news on Navy heavyweights go here. For news on Yale heavyweights go here. ______________________________________________________ Go Blue … Be One With The Boat! Cheers! Coach and Fenway

N150 Blue Blog – 2016 Week 9: Off to the IRA National Championships.

Folks …
 
 Beginning Friday, the Blue Crew squads will take to Mercer Lake in West Windsor Township, NJ for the 115th Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championship (IRAs). N150 and Y150 each will enter a lightweight varsity eight along with a lightweight four with coxswain and a lightweight four without coxswain. Navy and Yale HWs will compete in varsity 8+ [24 entries], second varsity 8+ [19], third varsity 8+ [17] and varsity 4+ [28]. Navy Plebes will compete in a six-boat final only in MF8+. In men’s lightweight events, the first three finishers in Friday’s heats will advance to Sunday’s Grand Finals with the rest competing in petites. Competition in ML8+ includes the top seven from EARC Sprints plus 9th ranked Mercyhurst University, winner at the Dad Vail Regatta. In ML4-, eight entries consist of the same EARC squads plus Georgetown. The ten-boat field in ML4+ also includes entries from Temple University and Wisconsin, who typically do not participate in lightweight competition. For heavyweight events, heats and repechages are scheduled for Friday, semi-finals for Saturday and finals on Sunday. Racing will follow 2016 IRA Progressions depending upon the number of entries in each event ______________________________________________________ Real time streaming of all IRA events, all 3 days, will be available on YouTube via USRowing. For real-time updates go to Live Results; And to USRowing for 2016 IRA Championships Central. Racing begins on Friday at 0830; see Three-Day Race Schedule with Lane Draw. There is always good rowing stuff on Row2k including 2016 IRA Event Coverage. ______________________________________________________ For full N150 news go here. For full Y150 news go here. For news on Navy heavyweights go here. For news on Yale heavyweights go here. For news on Navy Women’s Crew go here. For news on Yale Women’s Crew go here. ______________________________________________________ Go Blue … Be One With The Boat! Cheers! Coach and Fenway

N150 Blue Blog – Week 8 – Championship Weekend I

Folks … The Blue Crews are all preparing for what is sure to be a great weekend of racing: · Lightweight and Heavyweight Men will be on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, MA on Sunday for the 71st EARC Sprints Championships · Navy Women will also be on Lake Quinsigamond competing for the Patriot League Championships. The winner not only takes home the trophies, but also receives one of 11automatic squad bids for Division 1 – NCAA Rowing Championships. · Yale Women will head to Lake Mercer, West Windsor, NJ for the Ivy League Championships on Sunday. Winner of the 1st varsity qualifies their squad for an automatic bid for the NCAA championships. For NCAA Division 1 there are 11 automatic bids based on league championships and an additional 11 at-large bids, based on 2016 season performance. Competition includes 1st and 2nd varsity eights and V4+. Rankings and Seedings – Championship Season is the only time of the year that rankings and coaches polls become meaningful as this is the determining factor for seedings, which determine positions and competitors in preliminary heats. Lightweights – Un-defeated Y150 1st varsity remains at #1 in the USRowing Coaches National Poll. N150 is #6. In EARC Seedings by Coaches: Yale 1V-1 2V-2 3V-3 4V-4 Navy 1V-6 2V-6 3V-4 4V-3 5V-3 For complete LW seedings go to: www.row2k.com/polls/index.cfm?cat=college&ID=597&type=EARC%20LW%20Men#.VzPrkqvp2lI Heavyweights – Un-defeated Yale 1st varsity remains at #1 in the USRowing Coaches National Poll. Navy is #16. In EARC Seedings by Coaches: Yale 1V-1 2V-3 3V-6 4V-2 Navy 1V-13 2V-13 3V-11 4V-7 5V-1 For complete HW seedings go to: www.row2k.com/polls/index.cfm?cat=college&ID=598&type=EARC%20HW%20Men#.VzPsxavp2lI Women – In USRowing Coaches National Poll, YWC squad is ranked #7. NWC is un-ranked. In Ivy League Championships seedings by Coaches: Yale 1V-3 2V-2 V4-2 3V-1 For complete seedings go to: www.row2k.com/polls/index.cfm?cat=college&ID=593&type=Ivy%20League%20Women‘s%20Poll#.VzPutKvp2lI EARC Sprints Championships Of note to fans of the Blue Crews: · 0810 – 2nd heat of the morning for HW 4V includes Yale in lane 1 and Navy in lane 4. · 0820 – Heat 1 of LW 3V. Navy in lane 2 · 0830 – Heat 2 of LW 3V. Yale in lane 2 · 0840 – Heat 1 of HW 3V. Yale in lane 2 · 0850 – Heat 2 of HW 3V. Navy in lane 4 · 0912 – Heat 1 of HW 1V. Yale in lane 1 and Navy in lane 5 · 0948 – Heat 1 of LW 1V. Yale in lane 1 [Cornell, Penn, Dartmouth, Georgetown] · 1000 – Heat 2 of LW 1V. Navy in lane 3 [Columbia, Princeton, Harvard, MIT] · 1012 – Heat 1 of HW 2V. Navy in lane 5 · 1036 – Heat 3 of HW 2V. Yale in lane 1 · 1100 – Heat 2 of LW 2V. Yale in lane 1 and Navy in lane 3 · 1300 – Grand Final of LW 5V. Navy in lane 3 rowing in the JEVA2 · 1312 – Grand Final of HW 5V/6V. Navy in lane 0 and Navy 6V in lane 6 · 1324 – Grand Final of LW 4V. Navy in lane 3 and Yale in lane 4 · 1645 – Grand Final of LW 1st Varsity · 1730 – Grand Final of HW 1st Varsity For full schedule including a printable PDF go to: www.regattacentral.com/regatta/heat_sheet.jsp?job_id=4571&org_id=0 __________________________________________________ For those who will be cheering remotely, the live web stream of Men’s Sprints will be available via the following link: www.packnetwork.com/USRowing/ Unfortunately, due to local restrictions relating to Life Flight services at the nearby UMass Medical Center, there will be no drone in-flight video coverage. Live Results will be posted to: earc.qra.org and mobile-earc.qra.org. You can also follow @quinsigrowing on Twitter for live tweeting of the regatta. ROW2K will have full event coverage for EARC Sprints at: www.row2k.com/earc/ and for Women’s Ivy League Championships at: www.row2k.com/IvyWomen/ As you have likely noticed from the racing schedule there are no Freshman events at the EARC Sprints. For Jope Cup LW and Rowe Cup HW overall championships points will be earned in 1V, 2V and 3V races, with points historically assigned to 1F going to 3V. The Gary Kilpatrick Trophy previously awarded to the winner of the 1st Freshman LW event, now goes to the victor in the 3rd varsity LW. Go Blue … Be One With The Boat! Cheers! Coach

N150 Blue Blog – Week 6

Folks … We have been working to upgrade distribution, so if you are back and new to this for 201… welcome and apologies. After AOL decided that I was a Spammer and shut the Blue Blog down, we have moved to gmail and MAC. Coach N150 Blue Blog – 2016 Week 6 In Philadelphia, N150 win 3 of 4 retaining the Class of 1918 Trophy, but Penn takes 1st varsity and retains Callow Cup. Also on the Schuylkill River, NWC takes five of six races from Temple and Delaware. On Sunday on Lake Carnegie in competition versus Columbia, George Washington and Hobart, Navy Heavyweights finished runner-up in five races and first in the 4th varsity eight. In 1st varsity, Columbia wins close race for Maxwell Stevenson Cup. A most exciting HYP day on Lake Carnegie, saw victories in 1V and 2V for Bulldogs over the Tigers and Crimson and 2nd place finishes to Princeton in 3V and 4V. Y150 1st varsity remains undefeated with the #1 seed going into Eastern Sprints. On the Seekonk River in Providence, RI, USRowing Collegiate Poll national second-ranked Brown topped the seventh-ranked Bulldogs in three of four races to retain the Nat & Anne Case Cup. Top-ranked Yale Heavyweights did not race. All squads will compete in EARC Sprints or respective women’s league championships in two weeks. Rusty Callow Cup and Class of 1918 Trophy The No. 5 Navy lightweight rowing program closed its regular season on Saturday with a solid showing on the Schuylkill River versus No. 7 Penn. Racing versus the Quakers, the Mids won three of the four varsity eight competitions to win the Class of 1918 Trophy. In the first varsity, Penn won the Callow Cup for the second straight year. “There were some great moments for each of the crews today and to come away with the 1918 Cup for the majority of victories today was a solid outcome,” remarked head coach Shawn Bagnall, “That said, we know that the consistency from week-to-week needs to improve in our top boats. This is part of the learning and racing maturation process of many of our young oarsmen and coxswains.” In the highlighted first varsity eight with the Callow Cup on the line, the host Quakers pulled out a 4.2-second, one-length victory at 5:42.9-5:47.1. Outside of the first varsity defeat, the Mids won the second, third and fourth varsity eights. In each successive victory, Navy increased its margin of victory. In the 2V, the Mids bested the Quakers by 2.1 seconds at 5:50.6 to 5:52.7. Navy’s 3V won by 6.5 seconds over Penn, 5:53.9 to 6:00.4. In 4V, the Mids finished first and second (5V8) with times of 5:58.4 and 6:10.2. The Quaker’s 4V8 boat completed the Schuylkill River course open-water back at 6:24.3. At the completion of the day’s racing, Navy was awarded the Class of 1918 Trophy for winning the majority of races. “We’ll buckle down to finish the academic year on a strong note this week,” said Bagnall, “In two weeks its on us to bring our best to Worcester. Go Navy!” Navy 150 will next be in action on Sunday, 15 May, with competition at the Eastern Sprints in Worcester, MA The Callow Cup is named for crew coaching legend Russell S. “Rusty” Callow (Washington ’15) and is competed for annually by the Navy and Penn 1st varsity lightweights. Coach Callow was captain of the 1915 Husky crew and then coached his alma mater from 1922 – 1927. From 1927 – 1950, he was varsity heavyweight crew coach at the University of Pennsylvania and in 1950 he joined Navy as varsity heavyweight crew coach where he retired following the 1959 season after being associated with rowing for more than 50 years. At Navy, Coach Callow put together the longest string of rowing victories in history. Until Navy’s loss to Penn in the 1955 Adams Cup regatta, Navy’s MV8+ had won 31 straight races including the gold medal at the 1952 Olympic Games. The inaugural Callow Cup race was won by Penn in Annapolis with Navy taking the Cup, following in 1956. The match has been raced every year since. Navy leads the Callow Cup series 33 – 29. Over the past 10 years, the record favors the Mids 7-3, with the Quakers last winning in consecutive years from 1997 to 2000. Navy and Penn also compete overall for the Class of 1918 Trophy. Navy won the initial teams points award in 2014. Last year, on the Severn, Navy took the 2V and 3V. Penn won the 1F and 1V and the Trophy. The margin in the 1V was only a deck, 0.51 seconds determining both the Callow Cup and Class of 1918 Trophy. Navy now leads the trophy series 2-1. HYP – Goldthwait Cup and Vogel Cup – The top-ranked Yale Bulldogs claimed their first Goldthwait Cup in a decade and assured themselves the top seed at Eastern Sprints in two weeks with a 3.2-second win in 5:48.6 over the third-ranked Princeton lightweights Saturday morning during the annual H-Y-P regatta. In the 91st edition, held on Lake Carnegie, Yale won the 1st and 2nd varsity contests, Princeton 3rd and 4th varsities, with Harvard trailing in all four contests. The Crimson’s only win came in the 5th varsity over Princeton with no Yale entry. Overall, Y150 claimed the Vogel Cup: Yale 36, Princeton 33, Harvard 23. Racing conditions were ideal with temperature in low 50s, very slight varying quartering headwind and glassy water for all races. The No. 4 Yale 4V mounted a strong challenge to No. 2 Princeton, and put a significant margin over No. 5 Harvard. However, the Bulldogs were unable to overcome Princeton [6:13.5] and finished 2nd by 4.6 seconds. Harvard trailed nearly 10 seconds further astern. After a strong start, the No. 4 Yale 3V led the field, however a relentless top-ranked Princeton was able to take control, eventually taking the lead which they lengthened out to a 4.8 second margin. Princeton won in a time of 6:03.2, over Yale 6:08.0, over No. 5 Harvard 6:19.9. The Tigers 2nd varsity clinched a perfect regular season. The 2nd varsity race saw close, intense racing between the three crews. No. 3 Princeton established an early lead, which they maintained through 1,000m, ahead of No. 2 Yale, with No. 4 Harvard narrowly trailing the field. The Bulldogs remained composed and began to take back a 7-seat deficit, eventually taking control of the contest. In the closest race of the day, Yale won by a half-length in 5:55.1, 1.9 seconds over Princeton, with Harvard another length – 3.9 seconds back. Thomas Foster, stroke of the 2V and Y150 Commodore, said: “The second varsity executed their race very well. I am very proud of the whole team in bringing the Vogel Cup back to New Haven for the first time since ’09. Now, we look to gaining even more speed across all boats in preparation for the Sprints.” Yale 1st varsity has been without victory in the Goldthwait Cup since 2006, a testament to the competitiveness of the HYP lightweights. This year was no different with the No. 1 and undefeated Bulldogs, facing rivals No. 3 Princeton and No. 6 Harvard. The Elis executed their race as planned, and passed 1,000m with about a length lead. Princeton mounted attempts to undo Yale, with the Bulldogs, fending off all moves. Yale won in a time of 5:48.6, over Princeton 5:51.8, over Harvard 5:55.2. Y150 Captain Austin Velte summed up a successful morning in Princeton: “Today was a special day for the Y150. We saw great racing from great competition, and earned ourselves some hardware. It’s a great end to the dual season, and an awesome feeling to bring the Goldthwait and Vogel cups back to the Gilder. The guys can’t wait to get back to work to prepare for Sprints, but today, I’m proud of this team.” Matthew Segal, stroke of the 1st varsity, spoke of upcoming preparation for championship races: “Y150 really threw down today. We’ve had the chance to test our speed this season against some quality crews, and continue to learn from each race. Training is going well, but we’ll be looking to maximize our speed over the following weeks in anticipation of the Eastern Sprints and IRA.” The Y150 now have two weeks to find additional speed in preparation for the EARC Sprints Regatta. On the line for the Y150 will be the Eastern Sprints title, the Ivy League Championship and the Jope Cup for overall team points. Full results can be found on row2k here. The Goldthwait Cup is awarded to the winner of the annual triangular regatta among the 1st varsity lightweight eight-oared crews of Harvard, Princeton, and Yale. The trophy was presented in 1926 by Henry Kimball Prince (Harvard Class of 1924) — captain of the first Harvard lightweight varsity eight to defeat both Princeton and Yale — and made retroactive to reflect the H-Y-P regatta results from 1922. Prince named the cup in honor of his Harvard roommate, Vincent Bowditch Goldthwait, who had drowned at the end of his sophomore year. From 1922 to 2015, the Cup has been won 43 times by Harvard, 27 times by Princeton, and 20 times by Yale, with one tie between Harvard and Yale, and a break for the four seasons during World War II, from 1943 to 1946. The H-Y-P lightweight crews also compete for the Vogel Cup, awarded based upon total team performance. The Vogel Cup honors David H. Vogel ’71, Y150 oarsman, as well as LW and then HW coach, all from 1967-2003. In competition beginning in 2003, the overall Cup record is Harvard 7, Yale 5, and Princeton 2. Results of Other EARC Lightweight Racing • Baggaley Bowl: Dartmouth vs. Cornell, Connecticut River, Hanover, NH Conditions were fast with light tailwind and current assist as #4 Cornell swept #9 Dartmouth, winning the 1st varsity by open-water [4.4 seconds] in 5:38.1. • Columbia vs. Drexel HWs & Delaware, Overpeck Creek Park, NJ [Saturday] With light building headwinds at 4-6 mph #2 Columbia 1st varsity [5:58.4] beat Drexel HWs [6:02.5] and #8 Delaware LWs [6:20.0] by open-water. In 2V and 3V, Drexel led Columbia by 4.9 and 5.7 seconds. Delaware finished open-water further back in “an easily” verdict. 
 • Columbia vs. Harvard, Overpeck Creek Park, NJ [Sunday] With light rain and flat water, #2 Columbia 1st varsity decisively beat #6 Harvard by 2+ lengths open – 12.3 seconds in 5:56.9. The Light Blue Lions also won 2nd varsity by open-water [4.9 seconds] in 6:05.9. The Crimson only managed a win in 3V. Navy Heavyweight Crew The Navy heavyweights concluded regular season competition on Sunday with action on Mercer Lake in Princeton Junction, NJ. With 9-12 mph headwinds, increasing during racing, strongest during 2V race, the No. 13 Mids competed in four varsity eight events, plus 1st Freshmen eight and 5V fours. No. 17 George Washington, No. 18 Columbia and Division-III defending champions Hobart College joined Navy on the 2,000-meter course. Navy finished runner-up in five races and first in the 4th varsity eight. All four squads, rowed in the first three varsity eights. In 1st varsity eight, Navy and Columbia powered ahead of the field before the Lions pulled away late, for a 1.0-second victory at 6:04.8. George Washington was third at 6:08.9 and Hobart trailed at 6:14.0. With the close win, the Light Blue Lions claimed the Maxwell Stevenson Cup for the first time since 2010. Navy and Columbia have competed for the Maxwell Stevenson Cup, since 1950 and the overall record now stands at Navy 25 – Columbia 5. In the 2V, Columbia and Navy went one-two again with the Lions finishing 3.1 seconds clear of the Mids at 6:25.3 to 6:28.4. The Hobart Statesmen (6:31.0) and George Washington Colonials (6:35.7) followed. In 3V8+, George Washington cleared the field by 1+ lengths open-water, 10.4 seconds, in a time of 6:19.5. Navy completed the course at 6:29.9, well open-water ahead of Columbia [6:38.0] and Hobart[6:46.7]. Navy’s lone victory on the day came in 4V8+ with a 2.27-second win over George Washington. The Mids clocked in at 6:20.8, while the Colonials were timed at 6:23.07. Navy’s 5th varsity finished 3rd with a time of 6:35.3 with Hobart 8.7 seconds further astern. The freshmen eight and 5th varsity four competitions featured athletes in their second events of the day. The freshmen race went to George Washington with a 3.2-second margin of victory over Navy Plebes at 6:28.3 to 6:31.5. In 5V4+, the Colonials defeated the Mid’s “B” boat, 7:14.7 to 7:22.3. Navy’s other entry trailed the field in 7:31.9. Sunday marked the final regular season action for Navy before the program begins it’s championship season at the Eastern Sprints on Sunday, 15 May. The regional competition will be hosted in Worcester, MA on Lake Quinsigamond. Navy Women’s Crew The NWC also completed its regular season action on Saturday with a slate of six races versus Temple University with Delaware on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. The deep schedule saw the Mids earn first-place results in five of six races. “This was our final tune-up heading into our championship season,” remarked head coach Joe Schlosberg, “We wanted to have a strong showing and I think we did from top to bottom.” Navy’s day on the water saw the Mids take on Temple head-to-head in first and second varsity eights and 3V/4V fours. The Mids and Owls were joined on the Schuylkill by Delaware Blue Hens in 3rd varsity eights and both the 1st and 2nd varsity fours. Navy won all three of its races versus Temple by margins between 3.86 and 9.99 seconds. In 1st varsity eights, Navy won by open-water, 5.93 seconds in 6:37.05. In 2V8+ the Mids led the Owls by a length at the finish, 6:54.55 to 6:58.31. In 3V4+ Navy defeated Temple by nearly 10 seconds at 7:52.75 to 8:02.74. The NWC first and second varsity fours took the final two wins of the day for Navy as boats held off a field of three in both races. Navy’s first crew beat Temple by 9.79 seconds, 7:30.19 to 7:39.98, while Delaware finished at 7:47.73. The Mids earned their largest victory on the day in 2V4+ with a 13.16-second win at 7:37.73 to 7:50.99 over the Owls. The Blue Hens were well off the pace at 8:10.76. Temple’s lone victory on the day came in 3rd varsity eights, defeating Navy by 5 seconds with a final time of 7:03.51. The Mids clocked in at 7:08.51, ahead of two Delaware crews at 7:09.19 and 7:16.14 “I want to thank Temple for making this late season race happen,” said Schlosberg, “It was great to be able to get just about all of our athletes on the water and racing. Now our focus needs to be on final exams and finding more speed for the upcoming Patriot League Championships.” Navy will next be in action at the Patriot League Championships in Worcester, MA. The league title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships on the Gold River in Lake Natoma, CA will be on the line on Friday, 13 May. Yale Heavyweight Crew Did not race. Next up, defense of EARC Sprints 1st Varsity Eight, Sunday, 15 May on Lake Quinsigamond, Worcester, MA. Yale Women’s Crew No. 2 Brown topped the seventh-ranked Bulldogs in three of four races to retain the Nat & Anne Case Cup. The Bruin took an open-water [6.2 second] win in the 1st varsity eight, finishing in 7:25.90. Brown also won 2V8+ and V4+. Yale’s lone victory came in the third varsity eight. A stiff headwind and white caps on the Seekonk River made for challenging racing conditions. For full results go to: 
 www.yalebulldogs.com/sports/w-crew/2015-16/releases/20160430sj9tiu 
 
 Next up for YWC – Ivy League Women’s Rowing Championships on Mercer Lake, Princeton Junction, NJ, Sunday, 15 May. _______________________________________________________ 
 
 Go Blue … Go Navy … Be One With The Boat! Cheers! Coach

N150 Blue Blog – 2016 Week 5

Folks … I am trying to clean up some address issues as the N150 Blue Blog transitions to gmail. So read away N150 Alumni and Friends …
 
 N150 Blue Blog – It was a spectacular day of racing for the N150 with wins over Harvard and Delaware in 4 of 5 races and in the 1st varsity a win that brings the Haines Cup and Trophy back to Hubbard Hall for the first time since 2008. Bert Haines Cup and Trophy – The Navy 150 took four of five contests in racing action Saturday morning on the Severn River. Going up against No. 5 Harvard and No. 8 Delaware, No. 6 Navy was able to claim the Haines Cup and Trophy for just the ninth time since 1958 and the first time since 2008. The Mids did not finish lower than second in any race on Saturday. “The racing this morning was a set of hard-fought races where we knew that both Harvard and Delaware would bring their best,” remarked Navy head coach Shawn Bagnall, “Our coaching staff could not be more proud of how our guys handled themselves when the heat was ratcheted up.” Conditions were fair and fast on the Lower Severn Course with a 4-8 mph quartering tailwind and the assist of an outgoing tide. In the first varsity eight race, Navy was able to recapture the Haines Cup and Trophy with a 1.1 second victory at 5:47.4 with Harvard finishing second at 5:48.5. Delaware trailed the leaders by open-water [5:54.5]. The Mids took an early lead and at 250, had 4-seats over the Crimson, increasing to one-half length at 500. At midrace, with both lead crews at 38, Harvard took a big move, Navy responded and the lead was 3-seats. In the 3rd 500, both lead crews were stroke-for-stroke at 39, Navy gained an additional seat. With 400 meters remaining Harvard was moving on Navy, but the Mids responded and held on for a 1.1 second margin at the finish. The second varsity race followed a similar pattern for 1,200 meters, but with 500 to go the crews were even. At 1,250, Navy and Harvard were stroke-for stroke with the Crimson 2-seats in the lead. Both crews battled to the finish, with the result reversed and Harvard [5:50.2] leading Navy [5:51.6]. Delaware [6:05.2] trailed by more than 3 lengths open-water. In the closest racing of the day, Navy’s 3V got the Mids back into the win column when it took a 0.9-second victory at 5:57.6 to Harvard’s 5:58.5. Navy rowed through an early 4-seat Harvard lead at the start to put the Crimson a deck back at 500. The Mids continued to slowly advance in the middle 1,000 and with 500 to go, Harvard’s bow ball was on Navy’s 7-seat. At 1,600 Harvard began a move at 36 then 37 reducing Navy’s lead. With the crews apparently even with 100 meters remaining, Navy, in a final surge, opened to a two-deck victory. In “fleet racing” Navy’s 4V led throughout finishing [5:54.8] by open-water over Delaware [6:04.9], with Harvard trailing by a similar open-water further behind the Blue Hens. Interestingly, Navy’s 4V completed the course nearly 3 seconds faster than Navy’s 3V. Hubbard Hall bragging rights? In 5V racing, Navy [6:00.3] again led early and built to a 6.2 second open-water margin at the finish over Harvard [6:06.5]. Navy 6V maintained contact in third with the Crimson finishing a half-length or 2 seconds ahead. Delaware trailed by “an easily”. For full results go to: www.row2k.com/results/resultspage.cfm?UID=AB59E6EA068730E55E3B23D7A1FF6574&cat=1#.VyKO1Kvp1lI “In their final race on the Severn, it was special to acknowledge our Class of 2016 and their contribution to guiding the team over the past couple of years,” said Bagnall. “They’ve meant a lot to our program and we continue to look to their leadership as we head into the next challenge this coming weekend against Penn.” Navy, #5 in the USRowing Collegiate Coaches national poll, will travel to Philadelphia next Saturday to take on #7 Penn in races on the Schuylkill River starting at 0840 with 4V/5V. Remaining races will go off at 20-minute intervals with 1st varsities competing for the Rusty Callow Cup at 0940. The Callow Cup is named for crew coaching legend Russell S. “Rusty” Callow (Washington ’15) and is competed for annually by the Navy and Penn 1st Varsity Lightweights. Coach Callow was captain of the 1915 Husky crew and then coached his alma mater from 1922 – 1927. From 1927 – 1950, he was varsity heavyweight crew coach at the University of Pennsylvania and in 1950 he joined Navy as varsity heavyweight crew coach where he retired following the 1959 season after being associated with rowing for more than 50 years. At Navy, Coach Callow put together the longest string of rowing victories in history. Until Navy’s loss to Penn in the 1955 Adams Cup regatta, Navy’s MV8+ had won 31 straight races including the gold medal at the 1952 Olympic Games. The inaugural Callow Cup race was won by Penn on 23 April 1955 in Annapolis with Navy taking the Cup in 1956. The match has been raced every year since. Navy leads the Callow Cup series 33 – 28. Over the past 10 years, the record favors the Mids 8-2, with the Quakers winners in 2013 and 2015. Navy and Penn also will compete overall for the Class of 1918 Trophy. Navy won the initial teams points award in 2014. Last year, on the Severn, Navy took the 2V and 3V. Penn won the 1F and 1V and the Trophy. The margin in the 1V was only a deck, 0.51 seconds determining both the Callow Cup and Class of 1918 Trophy. Navy 150 captured the Callow Cup for the first time in its second year of competition. Representing the Navy First Lites and that winning crew, Lee Walker (Class of ’57) will be at this year’s races. Lee is the 2-oar from Navy Lightweight’s ’56 eight that won the Callow Cup race on 5 May 1956 rowed on the Severn (this is the 60th anniversary of that win!). The inaugural Callow Cup race was rowed in 1955 and won by Penn; the 1956 race won by Navy brought the Callow Cup to Hubbard Hall for the first time where would it remain for seven consecutive seasons. Courtesy of Navylites.org, here is the race report description of that ’56 Callow Cup race [the course was the measured Henley distance, i.e. one and five-sixteenths miles]: Water conditions: The wind was up the course at about ten knots and the water was choppy Navy started at a 34 and Penn at 32 with the Navy shell out in front by one-half length. At the mile, Navy was stroking a 32 and Penn 30 with Navy steadily increasing their lead to a full length. Both crews then dropped their stroke to steady the shells in the wind, which was picking-up. Penn managed to limit Navy’s lead until the one-half mile mark when Navy punched ten and the lead increased to a length and a quarter. At the quarter mile, Navy rowing a 32 was out in front by one and one-half lengths, at which time Penn upped their stroke to 34 and closed Navy a quarter length. Navy finished the race at 36 and Penn at 37 with Navy out in front with five feet of open water between them and Penn. Loyal Durand III Cup – The #1 Yale 150 had a successful morning on the Connecticut River, sweeping Dartmouth College with open-water margins in all races. Conditions were cool and breezy with light tail current. Winds were strong and variable throughout — tailwind for 3V, swirling in 2V, strong headwind in 1V. Following a defeat to Cornell last weekend, the Yale 3V were looking to get back to winning ways and did just that, opening up a 14 second margin over the Dartmouth 3V. The 2V similarly were looking to produce a strong result having also lost to the Big Red. Yale stormed out and led wire to wire, eventually winning in a time of 5:42.6 over Dartmouth, 6:05.0. Yale’s first varsity eight extended their un-defeated season to 7-0 in the final race of the morning. Conditions had reversed themselves to a headwind, but the Yale crew still managed to record a fast time of 5:37.9 over Dartmouth 5:47.9. Full results can be found on row2k here. Y150 now enters the Championship season and turns its attention to the HYP Regatta, Saturday April 30th. Yale will face No. 3 Princeton and No. 5 Harvard on Lake Carnegie in Princeton competing for the Goldthwait Cup in the 1st Varsity and Vogel Cup overall. The Goldthwait Cup is awarded to the winner of the annual triangular regatta among the 1st varsity lightweight eight-oared crews of Harvard, Princeton, and Yale. The trophy was presented in 1926 by Henry Kimball Prince (Harvard Class of 1924) — captain of the first Harvard lightweight varsity eight to defeat both Princeton and Yale — and made retroactive to reflect the H-Y-P regatta results from 1922. Prince named the cup in honor of his Harvard roommate, Vincent Bowditch Goldthwait, who had drowned at the end of his sophomore year. From 1922 to 2015, the Cup has been won 43 times by Harvard, 27 times by Princeton, and 19 times by Yale, with one tie between Harvard and Yale, and a break for the four seasons during World War II, from 1943 to 1946. Yale’s last win came at Derby in 2006. The H-Y-P lightweight crews also compete for the Vogel Cup, awarded based upon total team performance. The Vogel Cup honors David H. Vogel ’71, Y150 oarsman, as well as LW and then HW coach, all from 1967-2003. In competition beginning in 2003, the overall Cup record is Harvard 7, Yale 4, with Princeton winning in the past 2 years. Yale last claimed the Vogel Cup in 2009 at Derby. In the 74 years of Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges varsity lightweight competition between 1938 and 2015, the EARC Sprints Championship has been won by Harvard, Yale or Princeton 54 times; on 43 of those occasions, the Goldthwait Cup victor was the EARC champion. Results of EARC Lightweight Racing 
 
• Bert Haines Cup: Navy vs. Harvard with Delaware, Severn River, Annapolis, MD
 #6 N150 1st varsity beat #5 Harvard by 1.1 seconds in 5:47.4 in fair conditions [4-8 mph tailwind and tide assist]. #8 Delaware trailed Harvard by open-water, 6.0 seconds further back. Harvard won the 2V and Navy the 3V, 4V and 5V competitions. Overall record for the Haines Cup now stands at Navy 9, Harvard 47 with the Mids most recent previous win in 2008. 
 
• Durand Cup: Yale vs. Dartmouth, Connecticut River, Hanover, NH 
 
 Y150 sweeps Dartmouth in all three races by open-water. With current and a 4-8 mph headwind, the #1 Yale 1st varsity [5:37.9] won by 10 seconds over #8 Big Green. 
 • Wood-Hammond Trophy: Princeton vs. Penn with Georgetown, Lake Carnegie, Princeton, NJ A direct headwind at 10-12mph with stronger gusts that increased throughout, made for extended racing. Princeton took all four events over Penn by open-water, Georgetown trailed. In 1st varsity, #2 Princeton retained the Geiger Trophy winning by 11.4 seconds over #7 Penn, at the finish, in 6:24.3 
• Geiger Cup: Cornell vs. Columbia, MIT, Cayuga Inlet, Ithaca, NY 
 
 It was cold with variable 8-12 mph cross/direct headwind, building throughout the course as Cornell took 5 of 6 races over Columbia and MIT. However, in the 1st varsity competition for the Geiger Cup, the #2 Columbia Lions [6:10.5] defeated #4 Cornell by a half-length [2.4 seconds]. #12 MIT trailed well astern. 
• Subin Cup: Dartmouth vs. Columbia, Connecticut River, Hanover, NH [Sunday] 
 
 With strong variable quartering and swirling tailwind and favoring current, Columbia swept Dartmouth in all three races, each by open-water margins. In 1st varsity, the #2 Blue Lions won by 9 seconds in 5:43.1 over the #8 Big Green. This Week in EARC Lightweight Racing • Goldthwait Cup & Vogel Cup: #3 Princeton vs. #6 Harvard and #1 Yale, Lake Carnegie, Princeton, NJ • Callow Cup: #7 Penn vs. #5 Navy, Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, PA • Baggeley Bowl: #8 Dartmouth vs. #4 Cornell, Connecticut River, Hanover, NH • #2 Columbia vs. #6 Harvard, Overpeck Creek Park, NJ [Sunday] Rankings are per preliminary seedings in the 27 April EARC Coaches Poll for 1st varsity lightweight eights. Navy Heavyweight Crew The stakes were high again for the Navy heavyweight squad as the 12th-ranked Mids faced off against a pair of top-15 squads on the Charles River on Saturday. In competition for the Adams Cup and Clothier Cup, Navy went up against No. 5 Harvard and No. 13 Penn. A victory in the fifth varsity four event highlighted the Mids day of racing. “It was a tough day in Boston,” remarked Navy head coach Rob Friedrich “I thought all of our boats raced hard, but came up short of expectations in the final 500m.” In the first varsity race, host Harvard defeated Penn and Navy, posting a time of 5:54.5, while Penn came in at 5:55.0. Navy finished at 6:01.4. Harvard’s triumph earned the program its 18th straight Adams Cup victory. Harvard continued the victorious trend in the second and third varsity races. In the 2V, the Crimson won with a time of 5:57.9. The Mids finished third with a time of 6:04.1. Penn finished just one second ahead of Navy at 6:03.1. Navy finished runner-up in the 3V with a time of 6:08.4, which bested Penn’s squad by 6.6 seconds. The fourth varsity race saw Boston University, a guest crew, take the victory (no time given) 1.3 seconds ahead of Harvard and Navy, who was 7.2 seconds off the pace. Navy, Harvard and BU split uptheir remaining athletes and raced in varsity 4+. In 5V4+, Navy’s ‘A’ crew secured the victory with a time of 6:53.0, which was good enough to beat Boston’s ‘A’ crew by 0.6 seconds. Navy’s second entry was fourth at 7:09.5. “Our lower boats are showing solid improvement and have continued to find speed,” said Friedrich. At the end of the day, Harvard was also awarded a 2nd consecutive Clothier Cup as the highest scoring program at the regatta. Full results are available at: www.row2k.com/results/resultspage.cfm?UID=9900CAA5369E23FD159ECECC24F90C7D&cat=1#.VyKmQ6vp1FI Navy, ranked #13 in USRowing Collegiate Coaches national poll, will travel to Princeton, NJ to close out its regular season next Sunday and will face #18 Columbia, #17 George Washington, and #23 Hobart in competition for the Maxwell Stevenson Cup on Lake Carnegie. Navy Women’s Crew The un-ranked NWC took on a trio of NCAA Division I, USRowing nationally-ranked opponents on Saturday as they faced off against No. 15 Indiana, No. 16 Notre Dame and No. 19 Duke. In pursuit of the Dale England Cup, the Mids participated in six races over two sessions on Lake Lemon in Bloomington, Indiana. Navy finished fourth of four teams in the final standings for the trophy. “This weekend we had another wonderful opportunity to race some very fast teams,” remarked Navy head coach Joe Schlosberg. “Although we ended up behind the other teams, these races were hard fought and challenged us to try and find out how hard we can push ourselves.” First up for Navy on Saturday were three races in the morning session. Navy’s first varsity eight began the day and placed fourth in a competitive race with a time of 6:55.7. Indiana finished first with a time of 6:45.7. The Mids were 2.6 seconds off the pace of the third-place finishing Blue Devils (6:53.1). The second varsity eight for Navy came in fourth as well in their race with a time of 7:09.1, with Duke placing first at 6:47.3. The first varsity 4+ gave the Mids their highest finish of the day when they posted a time of 7:54.4 in a third-place showing. Navy defeated Notre Dame by 0.9 seconds and finished just one second behind Indiana. Overall, entire quartet of crews was separated by 3.9 seconds as Duke won with a time of 7:51.4. The action picked up again at 1130 with three more races for Navy. The pace for all three events picked up in the second session as Notre Dame won the 1V in 6:37.4, while Duke swept the second varsity eights and first varsity four races with times of 6:45.5 and 7:37.4, respectively. In order, Navy clocked in the first varsity eight race at 7:05.9, the second varsity eight race at 7:22.1 and first varsity four competition at 7:47.9. In all three events, the Mids finished in fourth place. At the conclusion of the racing, Notre Dame, Indiana and Duke finished tied atop the standings for the Dale England Cup with identical team point totals of 108. The Fighting Irish took the trophy home to South Bend, Indiana via the second tiebreaker criteria of best combined first varsity eight times. “This is our chance to learn from these races as we begin to get closer to our Patriot League Championship,” said Schlosberg. “It was great to be able to bring part of the USNA out to the Midwest.” Navy returns to action on Saturday when they travel to Philadelphia to take on Temple in their last competition before the Patriot League Championship on May 13. Racing on the Schuylkill begins at 1000 with 1st varsity eights racing at 1115. Delaware will compete in V4+, 3V8+ and 2V4+ Yale Heavyweight Crew
 #1 Bulldog 1st varsity remained un-defeated on the season retaining the Andrew Carnegie Cup for the 4th year. At Derby, in flat and fast conditions Yale [5:20.8] defeated Princeton by a half-length, 2.1 seconds, with Cornell [5:25.7] trailing the winning Eli by open-water. The Tigers won the remaining four lower races. For full results go to: 
 www.yalebulldogs.com/sports/m-crewhvy/2015-16/releases/20160423jymj91 Yale Women’s Crew Also on the Housatonic River at Derby, the #7 YWC swept rival #18 Harvard in all of four races. Yale’s 1st varsity eight edged the Crimson 6:07.7 to 6:09.5 to retain the Nathaniel Case Cup for the fifth straight year. The Bulldogs close out the regular season at #2 Brown in competition for the Nat & Anne Case Cup next Saturday. For full results go to: 
 www.yalebulldogs.com/sports/w-crew/2015-16/releases/20160423ho5qij 
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N150 Blue Blog – 2016 Week 4

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A good weekend for the Blue Crews.  On the Severn, N150 sweep Georgetown and retain Forster Cup; Navy HWs competitive but leave Goes Trophy and Stagg Trophy to Cornell.  On the Schuylkill, Yale LWs and HWs sweep Columbia and Penn taking Dodge and Blackwell Cups.   Yale LWs defeat Cornell on Sunday at Derby.

 

John J Forster Cup – N150 vs. Georgetown

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  • N150 vs Princeton on Severn – Murtaugh Cup [see below]
  • Navy HWs scrimmage vs George Washington on Severn
  • Navy Women at Murphy Cup on Schuylkill  in Philadelphia
  • Lt Edward “Mix” King, USNA ’11, wins ML2- national selection regatta [https://www.herenow.com/results/#/races/20234/results] at Chula Vista, CA on 24 March rowing with Robin Prendes, Princeton ’11.
UPCOMING:
  • N150 ’74-’78 Reunion V – 22-24 April
  • Eads Johnson Cup:  N150 vs. Y150 on Lake Carnegie, Princeton – 02 April
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From Navy Sports:
Navy Lightweight Rowing to Begin Spring Season versus Princeton

March 25, 2016

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy lightweight rowing program will get on the water for its first competition of the 2016 season on Saturday morning. The Mids will host the Tigers of Princeton on the Severn River in the program’s annual matchup with the Murtaugh Cup on the line. Beginning at 7:30 a.m., the two teams will take part in a five-event race schedule on the Lower Course on the Severn.

Fans can follow along with a free radio broadcast of the event by calling into 213-493-0221 or clicking here: http://portal.stretchinternet.com/navy/

After winning the inaugural Murtaugh Cup race in 2008, Navy will be looking to break a seven-race losing streak to Princeton and recapture the trophy from the Tigers on Saturday. Last spring in a three-team meet on Lake Carnegie, Princeton held off Navy with 6:44.6 to 6:59.9 victory in the first varsity eight competition. Racing alongside Columbia, Princeton and Navy then went one-two in the second and third varsity eight events. In the fourth and fifth varsity races, the Mids finished ahead of the Tigers by 15-plus seconds in both competitions.

The Murtaugh Cup is named after the former Princeton and U.S. lightweight rowing coach. All-time, the Tigers hold a 7-1 advantage over the Mids in the Murtaugh Cup series.

Navy began its 2015-16 season by racing in five competitions in the fall. The first varsity boat’s best finish occurred at the Navy Day Regatta as Navy earned a second-place result in an 11-boat field. At the Head of the Charles, the Mids finished 10th overall versus a field of open lightweight participants.

Saturday’s Schedule

7:30 A.M. – Second Varsity
7:50 A.M. – First Varsity
8:10 A.M. – Third Varsity
8:30 A.M. – Fourth Varsity
8:50 A.M. – Fifth Varsity