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William M. Smith Trophy


Photo courtesy of Navy Crew



Named for William M. Smith, Princeton Class of 1925, the Smith Trophy is the only team trophy known to be awarded for the combined race results of men's heavyweight and lightweight eight races. And, Navy and Princeton crews are the two programs that compete annually for this trophy.

Navy won the inaugural event in 1974.

From 1974-2013 the results were tabulated from winners of the 1V, 2V, and 1F races; beginning in 2014, 3V races replaced the freshman races.

Points are awarded as one point for each winning eight such that the school winning four of the six races is awarded the trophy. In the event of ties, the MV8+ winning eight determines the winner of the trophy.

A special thanks to John Flynn, Navy Assistant Heavyweight Crew Coach for his interest and research into the provenance and information about this trophy and also to Princeton's crew coaches for sharing Princeton's rowing history in Rowing at Princeton: 1872–2000.

Princeton leads the series 32-6.

Please send any additional information on this trophy to the NavyLights Staff Historian.  

The Smith Trophy  Winning Crews

Year Winner Series

N - P
1974 Navy 1 - 0
1975 Princeton 1 - 1
1976 Princeton 1 - 2
1977 Princeton 1 - 3
1978 Navy 2 - 3
1979 Navy 3 - 3
1980 Navy 4 - 3
1981 Princeton 4 - 4
1982 Princeton 4 - 5
1983 Princeton 4 - 6
1984 Princeton 4 - 7
1985 Navy 5 - 7
1986 Princeton 5 - 8
1987 Princeton 5 - 9
1988 Princeton 5 - 10
1989 Princeton 5 - 11
1990 No Competition 5 - 11
1991 Princeton 5 - 12
1992 No Competition 5 - 12
1993 Navy 6 - 12
1994 Princeton 6 - 13
1995 Princeton 6 - 14
1996 Princeton 6 - 15
1997 Princeton 6 - 16
1998 Princeton 6 - 17
1999 Princeton 6 - 18
2000 Princeton 6 - 19
2001 Princeton 6 - 20
2002 Princeton 6 - 21
2003 Princeton 6 - 22
2004 Princeton 6 - 23
2005 Princeton 6 - 24
2006 Princeton 6 - 25
2007 Princeton 6 - 26
2008 No Competition 6 - 26
2009 No Competition 6 - 26
2010 No Competition 6 - 26
2011 No Competition 6 - 26
2012 No Competition 6 - 26
2013 Princeton 6 - 27
2014 Princeton 6 - 28
2015 Princeton 6 - 29
2016 Princeton 6 - 30
2017 Princeton 6 - 31
2018 Princeton 6 - 32
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