The eighth-ranked women’s openweight rowers swept Ivy foes Dartmouth and Penn across six raceson Saturdayon the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, Pa. to close out their Ivy League schedule and win the Class of 1984 Plaque.
In the first varsity eight race the Tigers cruised to a comfortable victory, posting a time (6:21.7) twelve seconds ahead of distant second place finishers Penn (6:33.7). Dartmouth brought up the rear in 6:36.5.
The Class of 1984 Plaque is awarded to the team with the best combined performances in the varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four races. With victories in all three contests, the women easily wrapped up the Plaque win.
The Tigers return to Lake Carnegienext Sundayto host USC.
In the previous 12 races between Georgetown’s and Princeton’s women lightweight rowers, the Tigers had never lost a race. There was no great surpriseon Saturday, as the second-ranked Tigers (6:23.7)easily dispatched the upset bid from the Hoyas (6:42.9) to win the Class of 2006 Cup by 19.2 seconds. Princeton’s second varsity eight almost beat Georgetown’s first boat, finishing in 6:43.3.
In the varsity four race, Georgetown’s lone boat beat both of Princeton’s handily, finishing in 7:09.3—well ahead of the Tigers (7:36.5 and 7:44.9).
Following the Cup win, the Tigers set their sights on next weekend’s Eastern Sprints on the Cooper River in Pennsauken, N.J., searching for their first victory in the event since 2011. Defending champion Radcliffe will look to retain its title, but after Princeton won the last matchup between the teams — just a week ago — by a narrow one-second margin, it seems as though the race is up for grabs.
It was a day of firsts for men’s heavyweight crew at the Carnegie Cup on the Cayuga Inlet in Ithaca, N.Y.on Saturday. In an exciting, tight race Yale (6:09.1) managed to deal Princeton (6:10.6) its first loss of the year in the Tigers' first away race of the season. The home-side Big Red finished in third place (6:16.3).
Third-ranked Princeton could not prevent fourth-ranked Yale from retaining its 2014 Carnegie Cup victory, and the Tigers fell to 7-1 on the season and 4-1 in the Ivy League. While the varsity eight could not best the Bulldogs, the second varsity eight remained undefeated during the 2015 campaign, posting a 6:20.2 time. Princeton’s third boat finished in second place, its fourth boat in third place, and its fifth boat in second place. Cornell won all three of these races.
The heavyweights will return home to Lake Carnegie for the Content Cup versus Brown next week before traveling to the all-important Eastern Sprints in Worcester, Mass. onMay 17.
In the hotly contested Harvard-Princeton-Yale regatta in New Haven, Conn., the Princeton lightweights retained both The Goldthwait and Vogel Cups in an impressive team performance.
The Goldthwait Cup, awarded to the winner of the first varsity race, came down to the wire. Locked in a showdown with sixth-ranked Yale for the homestretch, the third-ranked Tigers managed to hold off the Bulldogs to win 5:36.26 to 5:37.41. Fourth-ranked Harvard finished in third, posting a time of 5:39.96.
The Tigers also took home the Vogel Cup, awarded to the best team performance across the first, second, third and fourth varsity boats. In addition to the first eight’s victory, Princeton's third, fourth and fifth varsity boats also won their respective races.
The lightweight rowers will attempt to carry over the strong weekend performance and four-race winning streak to Lake Carnegie next week as they host Mercyhurst, Columbia and Delaware in the final home races of the season.