Men's Rowing Launches Spring Schedule This Weekend
Photo courtesy of Princeton Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The men's rowing season for the Ivy League kicks in this weekend with six schools opening their spring schedules Saturday, March 26.
Columbia actually opened the Ivy slate last weekend at the Governor's Cup, hosted by Florida Tech. The Lions won two flights of the varsity eights and combining with its lightweights to finish 1-2 in the second varsity eights and freshman/novice eights and varsity fours.
The Columbia heavyweights are back in action this Saturday to begin their northern racing season against Rutgers for the Collins Cup on the Raritan River. The Lions' lightweights make their debut April 2 with a rowing doubleheader against Princeton and Georgetown on Princeton's Lake Carnegie Saturday morning, then remain there to meet Delaware in the afternoon.
The Tigers' lightweight crew, two-time defending Ivy League and IRA national champions and winners of 20 of its last 21 regular-season races, opens its 2011 season Saturday morning against Navy, and MIT as a guest, on Lake Carnegie. Princeton will be led by seniors , both of whom rowed for the 2009 and 2010 championship first varsity boats. Both rowed in the 2010 U-23 World Championships, and both were parts of Princeton's record-setting victory at the 2010 Head of the Charles.and
Harvard's lightweights also opens its spring campaign Saturday morning against Delaware on the Charles River. Last season, the Crimson lightweights posted a 10-0 record in head-to-head racing last spring, the 25th perfect season in program history and the first since 1997. Harvard went on to finish second to Princeton at the EARC Sprints and claim the bronze medal at the IRA National Championships.
Brown men's crew begins their yearly trek towards the IRA National Championship at the Marston Boathouse when the Bears host Yale in the first meet of the spring season. This will be first of two home events for Brown in home waters, hosting Northeastern on April 16 .
Penn begins its heavyweight rowing season in the nation's capital against George Washington with the McCausland Cup on the line. Quakers' second-year head coach Greg Myhr will bring four boats to the competition to take on the school he previously coached for four years before coming to Philadelphia.
Cornell, Dartmouth and Harvard's heavyweights begin their spring schedules on April 2 with the Crimson hosting the Big Red and Dartmouth traveling to Holy Cross.