Navy's Rick Clothier still was walking around the boathouse today long after the other crew coaches had gone.

Clothier's varsity eight was hanging around too, enjoying the sun and chanting, "Navy! Navy!"

After all, why rush home? The Midshipmen had dominated the first day of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta on nearby Onondaga Lake by advancing six of eight shells to the finals, with the varsity eight convincingly defeating defending champion Cornell by nearly two lengths.

As a result, Navy and Brown--which edged Northeastern in a tight race in the first heat--both have Friday off while the other varsity eight shells battle it out in the repechage to determine which four will join Navy and Brown in the final.

Navy got off to a slow start in its heat before muscling through a power 10 at the 500-meter mark to give itself breathing room. Though Cornell, Penn and Syracuse all took turns shadowing Navy, from the halfway point on it was a race for second.

"It wasn't any big blowout that did it, just a steady, aggressive pace," Clothier said. "We kept easing out until we were out of reach."

Navy's lightweight and heavyweight varsity pairs, varsity fours, freshman eight and second varsity eight also were successful.