Lightweight Crew opens the spring season 2022 on Saturday at home

ANNAPOLIS, MD. – After a 2021 banner season that ended with the program on the podium at the IRA National Championship, the Navy lightweight rowing team will kick off its 2022 campaign with a four-man race at home to Princeton on Saturday morning. Competition on the Severn River begins with the second race of the Varsity Eights at 7:40 a.m. before the Murtaugh Cup is at stake for the first crews of the Mids and Tigers at 8:00 a.m

The full race schedule for Saturday consists of the eight second varsity crews racing down the 2,000 meter course on the Severn River at 7:40am followed by the Murtaugh Cup competition 20 minutes later. In the last two races, the third varsity eights will go head-to-head at 8:20 a.m., while the fourth varsity eights get into action at 8:40 a.m. Navy’s fifth and sixth varsity eights will also compete in the 4V race.

The teams will race on the lower course on Saturday. The finish line is best viewed from the fields at Hospital Point. Spectators are asked not to enter Hubbard Hall before, during or after the Promotion.

Class of 2022
The Navy is led by a deep senior class of 13. Andy Laberee (Medford, NJ) was selected during the off-season and has served as the team‘s captain for the 2021-22 school year. laberee, Matt Fox (Aurora, Colorado) Joshua Freitas (Clifton Park, New York) Charlie Goodrich (Norwich, Vt.), David Jackson (Spearman, Texas) Will Jarrett (Gales Ferry, Conn.), Myles Knight (Northbrook, IL) Jack Ransick (Corte Madera, California) Jack Spector (Weston, Massachusetts) and Seamus Tomb (North Creek, NY) all applied for mids at the IRA National Championships last May.

Last matchup between Navy and Princeton: March 23, 2019
In the neck-and-neck race with Princeton on Lake Carnegie, the Mids had to contend with difficult wind and water conditions on the 2,000-meter course. The day began with Navy winning the third and fourth varsity competitions before Princeton finished with victories in the first and second varsity races. With victory in the first varsity eight, the host Tigers retained possession of the Murtaugh Cup.

Murtaugh Cup History
Named after former Princeton and US lightweight rowing coach Joseph Murtaugh, the trophy has been on the line between the Mids and Tigers since 2008. After Navy won the first competition in 2008, Princeton countered with eight straight wins in the first race of the University Eight Mids climbed back to the top in 2017. Princeton has always led the Murtaugh Cup series 10-2.

race schedule
7:40 am – Second Uni Eight
8:00 a.m. – First Varsity Eight (Murtaugh Cup)
8:20 am – Third Uni Eight
8:40 am – Fourth Varisty Eight with Navy 5V and 6V

Directions to the Navy Boathouse and tour of the Navy’s Lower Course
*You will need photo ID to enter the Navy campus*

These directions will take you to Gate 8 of the Naval Academy. Spectators and guests should park in front of the gate and take the short walk (0.25 miles) to the boathouse. Once at the Boathouse, it’s a short walk (0.33 miles) to the Lower Course finish line.

• Route 50 towards Annapolis
• Take exit 24, Rowe Blvd, Annapolis
• After approximately 1 mile, turn left onto Taylor Ave.
• After passing a 7-Eleven, turn right at the T-junction.
• Turn right at the second set of traffic lights and then immediately right again into a car park and park there. To get to the boathouse you have to go down the hill, past the practice baseball field and to the guard shack. Show the guard your photo ID and continue down the hill. The boathouse is the first building you see on the right after the guard hut.
• From the Boathouse you can walk to the finish line of the Lower Course. After crossing the road near the boathouse towards the graveyard, take the road that takes you along the water into the creek (do not cross the bridge). When you get to the hospital point fields, head across the field to the right corner of the causeway. The finish line is right on this corner.

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