Women’s rowing begins the spring 2022 season at Oak Ridge Cardinal Invite

ANNAPOLIS, MD. – After winning the sixth straight Patriot League championship in 2021, the Navy women’s rowing team will be back on the water this spring to keep tabs on success at the league, regional and national levels. Beginning with the 2022 Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational this Saturday and Sunday, the Mids will compete in four regular-season events before fighting for the championship title at the Patriot League Championship in mid-May. A league championship win would give Navy its seventh straight trip to the NCAA championships. First up is two days of racing at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational on March 19-20 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The regional event, hosted by the Oak Ridge Rowing Association at Melton Lake, will feature 11 different Division I program races over three sessions.

The field for the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational consists of No. 11 Yale, no. 14 Duke, no. 16 Alabama, no. 17 Wisconsin, no. 20 Tennessee, R/V Indiana, R/V Navy, R/V Clemson and R/V Notre-Dame. The only two teams not to be ranked or receive votes are Louisville and Tulsa.

The Mids will be kept busy throughout the weekend, competing in 18 separate events over the three sessions. The team‘s top four varsity eight crews, as well as first and second varsity fours, will all be in action three times. Saturday’s morning session begins at 10:02 a.m. with a 3V8 race against Notre Dame, Alabama and Tennessee. The following four races (V8, V4, 2V8 and 2V4) consist of Navy, Notre Dame, Tulsa and Tennessee. A 4V8 showdown between Navy, Wisconsin, Indiana and Tennessee will conclude the morning list. In the afternoon, Navy, Wisconsin, Indiana and Tennessee will compete in V8, 2V8, 3V8, V4 and 2V4 races with the same lineup of 4V8 crews as in the morning against Indiana, Louisville and Notre Dame. Navy, Wisconsin, Indiana and Tennessee compete for second time. The afternoon session for the mids is from approximately 3:58 p.m. to 4:38 p.m.

On Sunday, the 4V8 quartet from the Navy, Wisconsin, Indiana and Tennessee will start the day at 9:54 a.m. 40 minutes later, the trio of Navy, Duke and Tennessee will hit the waters of Melton Lake from 10:34 am to 11:06 am for V8, 2V8, 3V8, V4 and 2V4 races.

The 2021 Mids season ended with great success. The Mids, riding under a field of seven league opponents on the Cooper River on May 14, ensured they redeem their ticket to a return trip to the NCAA championship as the conference automatic qualifier with a clean win over the day’s grand finals would be first varsity eight, second varsity eight and first varsity four competitions. Navy accumulated all 54 team points for placement at the top of the three individual races and was pressured by Bucknell, who accumulated 47 points, and Boston University, who finished third with 43 points. A few weeks later, the Mids finished 18th overall in teams at the 2021 NCAA Championship in Sarasota, Fla., and had all three of their boats compete in the C-Finals. Navy’s V4 led to the nation’s 14th overall with a second-place finish in the C-Finals.

The Mids are bringing back 18 of the 23 women who competed in the NCAA championship last spring. Seniors Brooke Campbell, Caroline Coleman, Polly Fink, Skylar Lodice, Hannah Prince and heaven schark all raced in the NCAA Championship last year. colleague senior Stephanie reading was selected to serve as the team’s captain that season. Additionally, Lauren bump, Lucie Freidenrich, Grace McElroy and Chloe Vonder Linden will provide seasoned leadership and experience as members of the Navy’s 11-person class of 2022.

Last fall, the team competed in two events, the Navy Day Regatta on October 16th and the Rivanna Romp on November 14th.

race schedule
Morning Session

10:02 a.m. – Third Varsity Eight (Navy, Notre Dame, Alabama, Tennessee)
10:10 a.m. – First Varsity Eight (Navy, Notre Dame, Tulsa, Tennessee)
10:18 am – First Varsity Four (Navy, ND, TU, UT)
10:26 a.m. – Second Varsity Eight (Navy, ND, TU, UT)
10:34 a.m. – Second Varsity Four (Navy, ND, TU, UT)
10:50 a.m. – Fourth Varsity Eight (Navy, Wisconsin, Indiana, Tennessee)

afternoon session
3:58 p.m. – First Varsity Eight (Navy, Indiana, Louisville, Notre Dame)
4:06 p.m. – First Varsity Four (Navy, IU, UL, ND)
4:14 p.m. – Fourth Varsity Eight (Navy, Indiana, Wisconsin, Tennessee)
4:22 p.m. – Second Varsity Eight (Navy, IU, UL, ND)
4:30 p.m. – Second Varsity Four (Navy, IU, UL, ND)
4:38 p.m. – Third Varsity Eight (Navy, IU, ND)


Morning Session
9:54 a.m. – Fourth Varsity Eight (Navy, Indiana, Wisconsin, Tennessee)
10:34 a.m. – First Varsity Eight (Navy, Duke, Tennessee)
10:42 a.m. – First Varsity Four (Navy, Duke, UT)
10:50 a.m. – Second Varsity Eight (Navy, Duke, UT)
10:58 a.m. – Second Varsity Four (Navy, Duke, UT)
11:06 am – Third Varsity Eight (Navy, Duke, UT)

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