NavyLights History

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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2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980
1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970
1919     1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960

Navy Lightweight Crew Items of Interest

Navy Lightweight Crew Timeline through 2009
Special thanks to Dale P. Hurly, Jr. '89 and Christopher L. (Kit) Vallhonrat '93 for researching this timeline through 2001. For history through the present, please go to the media guide on the Navy Lightweight Crew website.

Navy Varsity Lightweight Crew Head Coaches

Navy Varsity Lightweight Crew Captains

Navy Varsity Lightweight Crew Spirit of the Lightweights

Navy Lightweight Crew U.S. Team Rowers

Personal Characteristics of Rowers

Quotes on Rowing
 

Navy Lightweight Crew Annual Cup and Trophy Races

Russell Stanley Callow Cup [MVL8+ winner Navy - Penn]

1919 Cup The 1919 Cup is a team trophy for which Navy and Penn lightweight crews annually compete.]

Eads Johnson, Jr. Cup [MVL8+ winner Navy - Yale]

Henry Herbert Haines Cup [MVL8+ winner Navy - Harvard]

The Col. Michael Paulovich USMC Team Trophy [awarded to the crew winning the most races of the 1V - 5V events rowed between Navy and Harvard]

Joseph Murtaugh Cup [MVL8+ winner Navy - Princeton]

William M. Smith Trophy The Smith Trophy is the only known team trophy that combines men's heavyweight and lightweight race results. Navy and Princeton heavyweight and lightweight 1V, 2V, and 3V eights compete for this team trophy. [NB: In 2014 3V races replaced 1F races.]

WIT Cup [MVL8+ winner Navy - Columbia - need to research]

Forster Cup [MVL8+ winner Navy - Georgetown]

The 1922 Trophy [MVL8+ winner -- Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA)]

The Healy Cup [MVL4+ 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)]

Navy's First Lightweight Crew

The Beginning of Lightweight Rowing in America: 31 May 1919

The following information is captured by Tom Weil (Yale '70) in his article "Some Firsts That Weren’t – The Beginning of U.S. Collegiate Lightweight Rowing" (22 Jan 2015) published on Hear the Boat Sing.


In 1917 Canadian oarsman and coach Joseph Wright, who had been hired to coach at the University of Pennsylvania the previous year, issued a challenge for collegiate crews to add 150-pound rowing to their eight-oared events. Wright had seen weight class rowing in Canada, and he added 150-pound crews to his Penn program in 1916. As he stated, "This would give the needed opportunity for a great number of good men who try out for the sport yearly, but who are too light to make either the first Varsity or Freshman eight.”

Wright's challenge issued, Yale seated a 150-pound crew and put 12 May 1917 on its schedule to race Penn on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia - which would have been the first collegiate lightweight race in the United States; however, WWI intervened and the event never occurred.

Now fast forward to 1919, and the American Rowing Association finally added a 'Special Eight-Oared Shells (150 Lb. Crews)' rowing event to their Fifteenth Annual Regatta of 31 May 1919 on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.

And this date, 31 May 1919, now marks the first known record of an intercollegiate men's lightweight crew race in the United States.

Tom Weil, Yale '70, and Yale lightweight oarsman 1966-1970, writes about this event here. And, Tom includes in his article a copy of the program in which two 150-pound crews entered: the University of Pennsylvania and the United States Naval Academy.

Rowed over the Henley distance, Navy won this inaugural 150-pound event by rowing in at 7:09.8.

Rowing for Navy was a Plebe-coxed eight of four Segundos, one Youngster (stroke), and three Plebes with one Segundo and two Youngster spares.

In the American Rowing Association's Sixteenth Annual Regatta of 1920 Navy and Penn met again but this time were joined by Princeton and Yale - and Penn rowed to victory on the day.

Information about Navy lightweight rowing from 1919-1954 is sparse. Navy lightweight boats are known to have rowed several more times in the 1920's and several times in the 1930s but very little archival information is available to learn details....

...But, the rowers in the boat of Navy's First Lightweight Crew are known for our posterity!

The First Navy Lightweight Crew

Position Oarsman Class Weight (lbs)
Bow John Monas "Colorado PAT" Maloney 1922 148
2 Paul Sylvester "Whitey" Thomson 1922 149
3 Frank Hersey "Herskey" Conant II 1920 150
4 Harold Sheffield "Van" vanBuren 1920 150
5 Arthur Edmond "Art" Pew, Jr. 1922 150
6 Barnett Thomas "BT" Talbott 1920 150
7 Frederick William "Mac" McMahon 1920 150
Stroke David Carleton Sloane 1921 148
Cox Donald Louis "Frenchy" D'Oyley 1922 110
Spare Paul Ralph Heineman 1920 150
Spare Arthur Percy "Perc" Earle 1921 150
Spare Frank Russell "Frankie" Talbot 1921 150



And, for U. S. lightweight rowing posterity, the first Penn lightweight crew is also captured.

The First Penn Lightweight Crew

Position Oarsman Weight (lbs)
Bow Harold Shevitz 143
2 Waldo L. Miner 144
3 John L. Geis 142
4 Edgar H. Ertel 144
5 Joseph W. Scott 150
6 Samuel D. Goodis 149
7 Henry H. Parcher 150
Stroke Russell McCormack 150
Cox Howard McLoughlin 103