The tenth-ranked Princeton open women’s rowing team returned to campus Saturday evening after a wild 36 hours that featured the Tigers’ only away race of the season. Princeton traveled to race No. 9 Virginia on Lake Monticello in Palmyra, Va. They came out of the weekend with an impressive win in the First Varsity Eight, who moved to 10–1 on the season.
In one of the busiest days in its history, 31 rowing races came down the Lake Carnegie course last Saturday as all four Princeton rowing squads — the Heavyweight Men, Lightweight Men, Openweight Women, and Lightweight Women — hosted Ivy League competitors.
It will be a busy morning on Lake Carnegie this Saturday as all four Princeton rowing squads host Ivy League competitors. The open women’s crew will be last to take to the water as they host the first-ever Ivy League Invitational. This regatta will feature all the Ivy League teams except Brown, who will travel next weekend to California to face West Coast crews at the Lake Natoma Invite.
From the Ivy League to the Olympic stage, Caroline Park ’11 has continued to play hockey at an elite level. Following her career as a Tiger, Park hoped to continue playing hockey, and she earned a spot on the combined Korean National Team. The Daily Princetonian caught up with Park following the Olympics to learn more about her experience.
Junior rower Ricky Swanton, who raced in the first varsity eight last spring and this fall, referenced Princeton’s season-opening loss to Navy from last spring. “The whole team is eager to challenge the team that handed us our first loss last year,” said Swanton, who raced in the first varsity eight last spring and this fall.
In Boston, the Tigers placed fifth in the lightweight field. The following weekend, they finished 15th amongst open and lightweight women’s crews. They were the top lightweight finishers in the combined Women’s Eight category at the Chase, besting the next fastest lightweight crew, Georgetown, by 16 seconds. “We aren't super interested in waiting for the future; we are excited to see what we can do in the now,“ said Head Coach Paul Rassam after the race.
The Winter Olympics, hosted in Pyeongchang, South Korea, officially closed on Saturday night. The United States finished fourth in the medal count, with 23 medals, well behind Norway’s first place at 39. But for many Olympians such as Caroline Park ’11, the journey is about much more than winning a medal.
Last Friday night the Princeton women’s basketball team opened its season with a 72–52 win against the George Washington Colonials at home. Four Tigers scored in double figures, including senior guard Tia Weledji, who paced the team with 18 points.
This Friday night the Princeton football team will take on Harvard under the lights in Cambridge, Mass. Both Princeton and Harvard have a conference record featuring one loss, making this week’s game a must-win in the race for the Ivy League title.
The Princeton men’s tennis team will take on players from 14 different schools as it hosts the three-day Farnsworth Invitational — named after tennis alumnus and naval lieutenant Ted Farnsworth ’84 — Oct. 6–8 at the Lenz Tennis Center. The three-time defending NCAA champion Virginia Cavaliers are among the schools playing in the tournament, so the Tigers and all other challengers should expect some strong competition.