April 21, 2003

Lightweights Finish Second; Women Sweep for '89 Plate

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Although it didn’t win, the lightweight crew stood strong against Columbia this Saturday.

The Red fell two seconds short of victory to the second fastest crew in the nation. The crew did, however, triumph over the MIT rowers in the same event.

In the varsity race, Columbia clocked a 5:57.2 while the Red crossed the finish line in 5:59.8. MIT trailed behind and finished in 6:20.1.

By winning, Columbia earned the Geiger Cup, a trophy it has possessed seven out of the last 10 years.

Apart from the varsity eight, Cornell’s up and coming lightweight rowers had a very successful Saturday on the water. Both the second varsity eight and the freshman eight captured first place in their races.

In other crew action, the varsity heavyweight team braved cold temperatures and choppy waters on Syracuse’s Onondaga Lake Saturday.

The Red bested the Orangemen by a comfortable margin but fell a second short to the Navy squad. With the win, the midshipmen captured the Goes Trophy for the first time in three years. The win also displaced Cornell as the two-year reigning champion.

While the varsity boat may have taken second, the JV heavyweights would not be outdone, as they bested both Navy and Syracuse. The first freshman eight also swept the competition, coming in with a time of 6:04.8.

The woman’s crews had a superb showing this weekend in their races against Penn and Rutgers.

The varsity edged out Penn by half of a second and defeated Rutgers by about 10 seconds to earn the Raritan Cup.

All other Cornell boats, including the freshman and varsity fours, won their races as well. Thanks to their three-race sweep, the women have returned from New Jersey with the Class of ’89 plate.

Next weekend the women head to Providence, R.I. to face Columbia and Brown.

The next challenge for the heavyweight rowers will be at home against two of its fiercest rivals, Princeton and Yale.

The lightweight team is poised to race Dartmouth next Saturday on Cayuga Inlet.

Archived article by Mark Travers