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In the spring of 1954, LT Buck Herzog '46, who was an assistant to Navy Heavyweight Head Coach, Rusty Callow, got an okay from Rusty to enter a lightweight boat in the EARC. The boat didn't have long to practice. There were no 2V or Plebe crews. The 1V rowed one race. There was no Captain, but Jack McNish was the most experienced and the leader of the crew.
-- Jack McNish '55 and J. Darrow Kirkpatrick '57
Navy Lightweight Crew History By Year
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The Video Story of NavyLites
Video by Dorian S. Belz '07
Navy Lightweight Crew Items of Interest
Navy Lightweight Crew Timeline Special thanks to Dale P. Hurly, Jr. '89 and Christopher L. (Kit) Vallhonrat '93 for researching this timeline through 2001 and to the Navy Lightweight Crew staff for continuing to maintain.
Navy Lightweight Crew Annual Cup and Trophy Races
Russell S. Callow Cup [MVL8 winner Navy - Penn]
Class of 1918 Trophy [This is currently being researched. The Class of 1918 Trophy is a team trophy for which Navy and Penn lightweight crews annually compete.]
Eads Johnson, Jr. Cup [MVL8 winner Navy - Yale]
Henry Herbert “Bert” Haines Trophy [MVL8 winner Navy - Harvard]
Joseph Murtaugh Cup [MVL8 winner Navy - Princeton]
Smith Trophy [This is currently being researched; 70's era alumni recall the Smith Trophy as a combined heavyweight and lightweight point trophy between Navy and Princeton.]
WIT Cup [MVL8 winner Navy - Columbia - need to research]
Forster Cup [MVL8 winner Navy - Georgetown - need to research]
The 1922 Trophy [MVL8 winner -- Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA)]
Ralph T. Jope Cup [Team winner -- Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges (EARC - Eastern Sprints)]
Joseph Wright Trophy [MVL8 winner -- Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges (EARC - Eastern Sprints)]
The Cornell Trophy [M2VL8 winner -- Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges (EARC - Eastern Sprints)]
Gary W. Kilpatrick Cup [Originally the MFL8 winner; now the M3VL8 winner -- Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges (EARC - Eastern Sprints)]