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.
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