First Eight Women’s College Named NAAA Co-Athlete of the Week
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Women of the Navy Rowing, First College Boat Eight and Navy Track and Field Clayton Thompson and Molly Mangan were announced on Tuesday as this week’s recipients of the Naval Academy Athletic of the Week award Association (NAAA), presented by Northrop Grumman. The Mids’ top varsity crew was honored for their award-winning performance at the Patriot League championship on Friday, while Thompson and Mangan played pivotal roles in the Navy’s men’s and women’s teams sweeping the IC4A / ECAC championships over the weekend. last end in Springfield, Mass.
The Navy’s first varsity boat was solid throughout the championship on Friday on the Cooper River as the Mids hit a 16.064 second margin of victory in their opening race before coming back and clinching the clean sweep and the team title for the program in the V8 Grand Final. Placing first in the contest, the Navy opened blow for blow with Boston and Bucknell over the first 500 yards. The Mids slowly started to make their move after that opening stanza and took the lead over the next 100 yards. The Navy continued to accelerate away from the field and moved away to an eight-place lead over Bucknell at the 1,500-meter mark. In the home stretch, the Bison challenged the Mids with a final sprint in the final 100-200 yards, but the Navy was not turned down and beat Bucknell by 2.748 seconds, 6: 34.638 to 6: 37.386 to win victory. Sarah zanzuri, Margaret lane, Millie oldham, Prince hanna, Alexandria Vallancey-Martinson, Lauren Day, Brooke Campbell, Ellie Dabney and coxswain Polly finch was the lineup that won the 2021 Patriot League Boat of the Year honors.
The six-time defending Patriot League champions will now look to action at the 2021 NCAA Championship in Sarasota, Fla. The three-day National Championship competition will take place May 28-30 at Nathan Benderson Park.