April 13, 2009

Crew Teams Place High Over the Weekend

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Rowing had a successful weekend on the water. The women’s team picked up the second-most wins at the Class of ’75 cup behind the winners, Princeton. Both novice teams were able to pick up wins in their respective events. The men also had a successful weekend with the heavyweight crew cruising to victory and the lightweight crew coming up just short against No. 1 Princeton.
The heavyweight crew had no issues this weekend, dominating the competition. The team was in Washington, D.C., for the George Washington Invitational. The team faced Georgetown, George Washington and western powerhouse Gonzaga. Cornell had no issue winning any of the one-on-one races. The team won the all-important varsity-8 with a 13-second buffer over Gonzaga and an 8 second buffer over Georgetown. [img_assist|nid=36781|title=Flying V|desc=The varsity-8 is the most important race for all three crew teams. The men’s heavyweight varsity-8 cruised this weekend, the lightweight crew took a tough loss, while the women had trouble in its varsity events.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]
The team has had a lot of success this season and this weekend’s nine-for-nine streak will help the teams confidence as it goes for the Goes Trophy this coming weekend against Syracuse and Navy. The three-time national championship team may have a tougher time against the Orangemen and Midshipmen.
Navy was also at the George Washington Invitational but did not match up against the Red. The Midshipmen had a tight battle with George Washington in the varsity-8, but was able to take a five-second victory over Georgetown in the morning session.
The lightweight crew came close to taking the Platt Cup against No. 1 Princeton. The Red was able to take four out of five of the weekend’s races, but came up short in the varsity-8. The Red surrendered the cup to the Tigers by 14 seconds in the top varsity-8 race.
The lightweight crew moves on to the Geiger Cup hosted by MIT on the Charles River. The team will also face Ancient Eight rivals Columbia. Neither team should be of much concern to the Red as long as it maintains the same performance as it did against the Tigers on Saturday.
The women’s crew was successful in winning all of the novice events at the Class of ’75 cup in Princeton, N.J. But the team came in dead last in the field of four teams in all of the varsity events. The team has experienced some difficulties in the past and will need to push harder in the varsity events if it hopes to do well at the Raritan Cup against Ivy rivals Penn and Rutgers.