Mary Washington Eagles crews raced against Virginia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth, and James Madison to win the overall points trophy at the Clayton W. Waterfield invitational regatta hosted by Virginia Tech. The regatta was originally scheduled for Saturday, 9 April 2016, but due to weather conditions was delayed until Sunday. The one-day slip prevented the Eagles from being able to field three of the four possible novice entries due to personal conflicts. However, the remaining crews pulled through with wins in the men’s varsity 8+, men’s varsity 4+, men’s junior varsity 4+, women’s varsity 8+, women’s junior varsity 4+, and mixed 8+, a second place finish in the women’s varsity 4+, and a third place finish in the women’s novice 4+ to win with a total of 22 points. Virginia Commonwealth University came in second with 20 points, followed by Virginia Tech with 12 points, and JMU with 1 point.
The Waterfield Cup was originally named the Bogen Cup, but was renamed the "Waterfield Cup" to commemorate the life of Clayton W. Waterfield, a Virginia Tech rower who died in February 2004. Last to hold the cup was William & Mary from the 2012 Waterfield Cup at Claytor Lake. The Cup will now be held by The University of Mary Washington until the next Waterfield Cup is held.