Navy crew Coach Pick Clotheir's favorite people gave him everything he needed to make this a memorable week.
Thursday morning, Clothier's wife, Susan, gave birth to their first child, Matthew McLeod. Hours later, his squad christened its new varsity shell, the J.O. (Bo) Coopedge.
Today, the Mids' varsity heavy-weight eight gave the Coppedge a proper baptism, bringing the Goes Cup back to Annapolis from Syracuse by defeating the defending Intercollegiate Rowing Association champion Orangemen and Cornell in an early morning regatta on the Severn River.
"It's been a pretty happy week," said Clotheir, who slept on the couch in his office Friday night to try to get the regatta started by 6 a.m., ahead of projected choppy water and rough winds.
"The guys on the varsity are really great. They make my day. And Susan, my wife, was 19 days overdue. So it was a relief to get that over with. These guys are very much part of my family. They're like sons. They followed the pregnancy very closely.They were getting kind of anxious."
Navy, stroked by Rick Lopez, needed 800 meters to open a one-boat-length lead over Syracuse in the varsity race which began 45 minutes late.The Mids then rowed evenly, never needing a sprint to maintain their length lead over the Orangemen with Cornell another half-length back in third place. Navy clocked 5:53.4 for 2,000 meters to 5:57.7 for Syracuse and 5:59.3 for Cornell.
Navy also record victories in the first and second freshman heavy-weight races and swept the top two spots in the varsity four with cox-swain competition. Syracuse nipped the Mids in the second varsity and also won the freshman fours.
Cornell was last in every race it entered.
Harvard's varsity lightweights, the defending Eastern Sprints titlist, jumped to an early length lead and had little trouble whipping Navy for the Haines Cup, clocking 6:14.4 for a 10.5-second decision. The Crimson also took the second varsity and freshman lightweight battles.
On the Potomac River at Thompson's Water Sports Center, T. C. Williams swept every race it entered in the scholastic Head of the Potomac Regatta in which the crews row up-stream against the clock.
The 13 separate competitions were released in five groups from the starting line at 15-second intervals. In the final group, the boys' varsity and junior eights, Williams' varsity not only disposed of its one opponent, Fort Hunt, but the Titan junior varsity also recorded a better time than the Federal varsity. Williams varsity was timed in 10:53, the Titan JV 11:16, followed lowed by the Fort Hunt varsity (11:24) and junior varsity (11:36).
Williams also defeated Upper Merion, Pa., for the girls' varsity and junion eight titles. The girls additionally took the winners' prize -- regatta T-shirts -- in the lightweight and third eight combined race, and ran unopposed in the novice and fours with coxswain races.