April 7, 2003

Lightweights, Heavies Earn Tough Victories

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The men’s lightweight crew mastered the Schuylkill River this Saturday and took home the Matthews Cup with a convincing win over Penn. The Red, however, was edged out by visiting Harvard in the same race.

Cornell’s first varsity eight registered a time of 5:44.9, three seconds behind Harvard’s heat-winning 5:41.8. Penn’s varsity eight finished in 5:52.3.

“The guys raced really well,” commented lightweight crew coach Todd Kennett. “We won the Matthews Cup which is great.”

Still, the lightweight crew sees room for improvement.

“I am as happy as you can be without beating Harvard,” said Kennett. “We just need to make a few technical changes.”

This race gives the Red confidence going into its next meet against Princeton and Rutgers this coming Saturday.

In other crew action, the men’s heavyweight squad saw good conditions and good results in its race against Georgetown in Princeton this weekend — the crew swept every event.

The woman rowers were originally supposed to race Yale and Syracuse on Onandaga Lake. Due to flooding, however, the event was moved to Cayuga Inlet, where Yale won. Cornell finished second and Syracuse placed third.

The heavyweight crew takes to the water again next Sunday against Rutgers. The women’s crew will return to competition Sunday, facing Princeton and Radcliffe.

Archived article by Mark Travers

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