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Russell S. Callow Cup (Callow Cup)


Photo courtesy of Navy Lightweight Crew


The Callow Cup is named for crew coaching legend Russell Stanley "Rusty" Callow (Washington '15) and is competed for annually by the Navy and Penn MVL8s.

Coach Callow was captain of the 1915 Husky crew and then coached his alma mater from 1922 – 1927. From 1927 – 1950, he was varsity heavyweight crew coach at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), and in 1950 he joined Navy as varsity heavyweight crew coach where he retired following the 1959 season after being associated with rowing for more than 50 years. At Navy, Coach Callow put together the longest string of rowing victories in history. Until Navy's loss to Penn in the 1955 Adams Cup regatta, Navy's MV8 had won 31 straight races including the gold medal at the 1952 Olympic Games.

The inaugural Callow Cup race was won by Penn on 23 April 1955 in Annapolis, and the match has been raced every year since with the exception of 1973.

Navy leads the Callow Cup series 32 – 30.

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Callow Cup Winning Crews

Year Winner Series

N - P
1955 Penn 0 - 1
1956 Navy 1 - 1
1957 Navy 2 - 1
1958 Navy 3 - 1
1959 Navy 4 - 1
1960 Navy 5 - 1
1961 Navy 6 - 1
1962 Navy 7 - 1
1963 Penn 7 - 2
1964 Navy 8 - 2
1965 Penn 8 - 3
1966 Penn 8 - 4
1967 Penn 8 - 5
1968 Penn 8 - 6
1969 Penn 8 - 7
1970 Navy 9 - 7
1971 Navy 10 - 7
1972 Navy 11 - 7
1973 No Race 11 - 7
1974 Penn 11 - 8
1975 Penn 11 - 9
1976 Penn 11 - 10
1977 Penn 11 - 11
1978 Penn 11 - 12
1979 Penn 11 - 13
1980 Penn 11 - 14
1981 Navy 12 - 14
1982 Penn 12 - 15
1983 Navy 13 - 15
1984 Navy 14 - 15
1985 Navy 15 - 15
1986 Navy 16 - 15
1987 Penn 16 - 16
1988 Navy 17 - 16
1989 Penn 17 - 17
1990 Penn 17 - 18
1991 Penn 17 - 19
1992 Penn 17 - 20
1993 Penn 17 - 21
1994 Navy 18 - 21
1995 Penn 18 - 22
1996 Navy 19 - 22
1997 Penn 19 - 23
1998 Penn 19 - 24
1999 Penn 19 - 25
2000 Penn 19 - 26
2001 Navy 20 - 26
2002 Navy 21 - 26
2003 Navy 22 - 26
2004 Navy 23 - 26
2005 Navy 24 - 26
2006 Navy 25 - 26
2007 Navy 26 - 26
2008 Navy 27 - 26
2009 Navy 28 - 26
2010 Navy 29 - 26
2011 Navy 30 - 26
2012 Navy 31 - 26
2013 Penn 31 - 27
2014 Navy 32 - 27
2015 Penn 32 - 28
2016 Penn 32 - 29
2017 Penn 32 - 30
2018
2019
2020