April 22, 2002

Heavyweights, Women Defeat Competition

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The crews continued their success last Saturday at the Cayuga Inlet. The women’s crew swept the competition by beating both Rutgers University and Penn, while the men’s heavyweight crew remained undefeated, as it beat Syracuse and Navy. Meanwhile the men’s lightweight crew dropped to Princeton at the Carnegie Inlet.

The men’s heavyweight team received awards for its accomplishments over the weekend. It was the second consecutive year that the crew won the Goes Cup and Stagg Trophy and marked the first time the team defended the titles.

Although Cornell was not considered a favorite going into the regatta, the Red won all three of its races. The first boat finished well ahead of Navy, winning in a time of 5:47.6. The second boat actually surpassed this time by crossing the line in 5:46.7. Cornell’s third varsity boat also finished ahead of Syracuse and Navy, finishing the course with a time of 6:06.0.

The men’s heavyweights, however, were not the only ones to win all of their races. The women’s boats also swept and took home the Class of ’89 plate. The first varsity eight coasted to victory in 6:39.65, nearly three seconds faster than its closest competitor, Penn. Meanwhile, the second varsity eight crossed the line 13 seconds ahead of the second-place Quakers. The two four-women boats were also victorious, each snatching wins in impressive fashion.

The coxswain, Trisha DiGiore, stated, “It was a great race. Of course there’s always room for improvement for the upcoming races, but it was nice to get another win under our belt.”

On the other hand, the lightweights were swept in Princeton. The Tigers outpaced Cornell’s first boat by seven seconds, the second boat by five seconds, and the third boat by 15 seconds. The loss came as a disappointment after beating Harvard and Penn last weekend.

Archived article by Alisha Hart