Piscataway, N.J. (April 4, 2011) – The Rutgers rowing team continued a strong early season, finishing ahead of Navy in the first and second varsity eights and narrowing the margin on No. 1 Princeton on the Raritan River Saturday.
Currently ranked number one in the country, Princeton won the first varsity eight in 6:26.1. Rutgers finished second with a time of 6:44.9, while Navy placed third (6:54.1).
Rutgers also ranked second in the second varsity eight, posting a time of 6:51.7, behind Princeton’s 6:33.3 and ahead of Navy’s 6:53.7. The Scarlet Knights led Navy by a boat length coming out of the 1000m mark. With about 600m to go, Navy launched an offensive move that ate into the Rutgers lead. The Scarlet Knights sustained the move, however, and regained enough of a margin in the closing sprint to finish two seconds ahead of the Midshipmen.
“The racing was solid start to finish,” said head coach Max Borghard. “We are excited about our continued improvement.”
In the varsity four, Princeton placed first in 7:23.3, with Navy second (7:35.0), and Rutgers finishing in third with a time of 7:56.9. The finishing order was the same for the 3V/novice eight event: Princeton 6:55.4, Navy 7:16.2, Rutgers 7:28.5.
Rutgers continues its season in the Knecht Cup Regatta in Cherry Hill, N.J. this Saturday-Sunday April 9-10.