PRINCETON, N.J. -- The spring schedule is well underway for Ivy League women's rowing with three weekends of regattas in the books.
All eight Ivy crews hit the water in March with each school competing in at least one event. The focus now turns to April with regattas every weekend leading to the first-ever Ivy League Women's Rowing Championship to take place Sunday, March 13 on the Cooper River in Pensauken, N.J.
The Ancient Eight is showing its dominance on the national scene once again with six teams ranked in the latest Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/US Rowing Coach Poll. Princeton paces the Ivy contingent at No. 6 in the April 4 rankings.
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Other receiving votes: Columbia (6), Penn (5)
Brown opened its spring schedule with the christening of a new boat in honor of Roseanne Flynn, mother of Christine Flynn '08, and former head of the Brown Women's Crew Parents Group. Roseanne passed away late last year and Christine was a two-time national champion with the Bears. On the water, Brown's first varsity eight bounced back from a third-place showing to Princeton and Michigan on March 24 with a nearly three-second win over over Radcliffe in a time of 6:16.0. The Bears were bested by Crimson in other three races on the Seekonk River.
Columbia has been the most active Ivy crew so far this spring participating in three races so far. The Lions opened the spring with success at the Governor's Cup hosted by Florida Tech, finishing first in alll four races highlighted by a 35-second victory over host FIT in the first varsity eight race and a 17-second win over Barry in the second varsity eight race. Columbia hosted Penn and Yale in the Connell Cup on March 24 which saw the Lions finish second in the first and second varsity eights and third in both varsity four races. The following weekend, Columbia headed to take on Northeastern with Dartmouth rowing as a guest for the Woodbury Cup. The Lions lost the cup to Northeastern by just over five seconds in the first varsity eight. While Columbia fared better over Northeastern in the three other races, Dartmouth crossed the line first all four races.
Cornell swept all four races over Syracuse and Boston University on March 31 in only event so far this spring. In three of the four races, the Big Red won by large margins -- more than nine seconds over Boston University in the first varsity eight, more than 12 seconds over Syracuse in the second varsity eight and 18 seconds over the Orange in the varsity four.
In its March 31 sweeps over Columbia and Northeastern, Dartmouth had to come from behind to edge the Huskies by just four hundreths of a point in the first varsity eight. The Big Green faced tough challenges from Columbia in the other three races but rowed to first-place finishes in the second varsity eight and both varsity four races.
Radciffe opened its spring on March 24 with wins in won four of its five races, including a 6.2-second victory in the varsity eight, to retain the Beanpot and Beanpot team banner against local rivals Boston College, Boston University, MIT and Northeastern. The Crimson came back the next weekend to win three of four races in a dual match at Brown. Against the Bears head-to-head, the Crimson fell in the first varsity eight (6:16.0 to 6:19.4) but rowed to victories in the second varsity eight (6:33.1 to 6:27.5), first varsity four (7:10.4 to 7:16.5) and also had its third and fourth varsity eights finish ahead of Brown's third varsity eight.
In the Connell Cup, Penn captured two second-place showings in both varsity four races. The Quakers' first varsity four crossed the line in a time of 7:35.1, behind Yale's 7:29.4 and ahead of Columbia's 7:36.9, while its second fours finished in 7:49.0 well behind Yale's 7:33.2.
Despite losing to ninth-ranked Michigan, Princeton retained the Class of 1987 Trophy for a fifth-straight year with a victory over No. 4 Brown. Michigan (6:34.1) won the first varsity eight race by more than five seconds over the Tigers (6:39.50), who were more than six second faster than their Ivy foe (6:45.5). Princeton also topped Brown in the second varsity and was faster than both crews in the varsity four and third varsity eight races.
After competing a Connell Cup sweep over Columbia and Penn, Yale hit the road on March 31 with the tough assignment of facing two Big Ten opponents, No. 3 Michigan and No. 10 Ohio State. The Bulldogs was swept by Ohio State but did grab one win over Michigan in the first varsity four 7:20.10 to 7:24.70. The Wolverines captured the varsity eight, second varsity eight, second varsity four and third varsity eight races.