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Women's Rowing Hits the Waters This Saturday

Columbia hosts Penn and Yale for Connell Cup on the Orchard Beach Lagoon.

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The spring season of Ivy League women's rowing starts in earnest this Saturday with six crews in action.

Columbia is actually competing for the second time this spring, hosting Penn and Yale on the Orchard Beach Lagoon for the Connell Cup. The Lions open their season last Saturday in the Governor's Cup in Fellesmere, Fla., against host Florida Tech, Barry and Nova Southeastern. This Saturday also marks Penn's second spring regatta after the Quakers rowed in the Rivanna Romp, hosted by Virginia, on March 13.

Radcliffe opens its spring with its annual Beanpot regatta with Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern and MIT and Princeton is also on his home course for the Class of 1987 Trophy event with Brown and Michigan.

With a No. 3 ranking, the Tigers lead the Ivy League presence in the preseason USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Poll presented by Pocock Racing Shells which was released on March 15. The defending NCAA champion Bears ranked fourth followed by Yale (7th), Radcliffe (12th), Cornell (15th) and Dartmouth (17th). Penn and Columbia were among 11 teams receiving votes.

This spring season culminates with the inaugural Ivy League's Women's Rowing Championship to be held Sunday, May 13 on the Cooper River in Pennsauken, N.J. The fastest boat in the first varsity grand final will claim the 2012 Ivy title and earn the League's automatic bid to the NCAA Championships, which is May 25-27 on Lake Mercer in West Windsor, N.J.