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: 
 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

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