The finish line appeared a bit too quickly for the Navy heavyweight varsity eight today in the 43rd rowing for the Adams Cup.
"We ran out of course-we needed another 700, 800 meters," said Steve Squires, captain and No. 4 man of the Navy crew after Harvard scored an open-water victory over the Midshipmen and Pennsylvannia on the choppy Severn River.
Squires said, "No one's discouraged," despite the second-place finish to the undefeated Crimson, ranked second in the East. He promised hard work on fundamentals in preparation for next week's Eastern Sprints championships on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass.
"The difference is they rowed cleaner. I don't think either crew pulled harder,c he said. "I don't think any of our guys are cashing it in. Next week's a new race. This week serves as a measuring stick to evaluate what we can do."
Harvard, stroking 46 times per minute, jumped to a quick lead that it extended to a half-boat length after 250 meters and a full length after 500.
The Crimson lowered its grading to 35-37 and maintained its lead until the sixth-ranked Midshipmen made a move with 900 meters remaining in the 2,000-meter course. The Mids cut their deficit to four seats before the smooth Crimson regained control, moving into open water for the final 500 meters.
Harvard finished 6.7 seconds better than Navy in 5:58. Fourth-ranked Penn was never a factor and clocked 6:10.5.
Harvard also continued unbeaten in the junior varsity and freshmen heavyweight eights. Navy finished second and Penn third in both events. The same order of finish was recorded for the second freshmen while Navy took the top two places over Penn and lastplace Harvard in the varsity fours with coxswain.
Penn's lightweight varsity eight took an early length lead and held off Navy for the Callow Cup. The Mids captured the remaining lightweightcompetitions from Penn: the second varsity, first and second freshmen and four with coxswain.
At Thompson's Water Sports Center on the Potomac River, Georgetown took five of six races to easily win the Cadle Cup with 30 points. Navy scored four points by winning the women's novice event. George Washingtonton, represented only by its men, and Washington College of Chestertown, Md., were scoreless.
The Hoyas had little trouble winning in either varsity race. In the men's event, the revamped Georgetown eight, featuring, from bow to stern, Chris Walsh, Marty Matessich, Pete Radell, Mark Wessel, Leon Smith, Don Donohue, Dave McAneny, stroke Jim Costello and coxswain Lucy Sherry, took a one-length lead after 800 meters. The Hovas rowed the rest of the race in open water, clocking 6:07.
GW caught a crab at the race's end and was nipped by Washington (6:17) by one second.
The Georgetown women had less difficulty winning. The Hoyas quickly left Navy and Washington behind, rowing most of the race in open water. Georgetown was timed in 6:56.6 to 7:09.7 for Navy and 7:36 for Washington.
Georgetown also was victorious in the freshmen and junior varsity heavyweight and freshmen four with coxswain contests. CAPTION: Picture, Harvard heavyweight eight crew, left, pulls away from the University of Pennsylvania, foreground, and host Navy to win Adams Cup on the Severn. By Richard Darcey-The Washington Post