LIVERPOOL, N.Y., JUNE 2 -- Although Wisconsin pulled away from a packed field at the halfway point and rowed to its first Challenge Cup victory in 15 years today, Navy captured the title for best overall record at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association regatta on Onondaga Lake.
The Badgers' varsity eight stroked the 2,000-meter course in 5 minutes 55.5 seconds, 10 seconds off the course record, to win one of collegiate rowing's top events. Defending champion Pennsylvania was second in 5:57.6, host Syracuse third in 5:59.1.
Navy was fourth in 6:00.1. The Midshipmen beat the Badgers a week ago on the Severn River.
Navy won the Ten Eyck Trophy for overall supremacy, an honor which is awarded on the basis of points amassed over the three-day event, even though the Midshipmen won only one championship today -- second varsity eights. Navy finished with 310.7 points. Pennsylvania, which won the Ten Eyck last year, was second with 279.45 points, edging out Wisconsin by .20 points.
Pennsylvania and Wisconsin each won two championships. Princeton, Santa Barbara and Northeastern won one title each.
"I'm just elated. It's been so long for us, with so many close calls," said Wisconsin senior oarsmen Fitz Dunne. "I'd like to thank Navy and Syracuse because they pushed us to win."
The closest race of the day came in the second varsity eights race in which Navy edged past California-Berkeley by four-tenths of a second, finishing in 6:16.4.