April 20, 2009

Rowing Travels, Wins in Away Competitions

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All three rowing teams had successful weekends, as the Red was able to overpower its opponents in most events.
The heavyweight crew won the Goes Trophy by trouncing Syracuse and Army on Onondaga Lake in the all-important varsity-8 race. The Red also picked up the Stagg Cup for winning four of the five races held on the lake.
The heavyweights have been dominant in the last two weekends. Saturday marked the first time that the Red had lost a race since the fall season. However, the team will have a much tougher test next weekend as it returns to Ithaca for a head-to-head matchup with Princeton and Yale.
The lightweight crew continued its triumphant run with an easy win over MIT and Ivy rival Columbia on the Charles River. The team had no trouble with the Beavers and Lions in the varsity-8 race. The novice team also showed signs of dominance by taking the novice-8 by five seconds.[img_assist|nid=37021|title=Don’t rock the boat|desc=The heavyweight team reclaimed the Goes Trophy by winning the varsity-8 race on Saturday. Meanwhile, the lightweight crew kept dominating.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]
The three-time national champions also faced Yale in New Haven this weekend after their success in Boston. However, the Red was not able to repeat its success against Yale, losing all three varsity events. The Red picked up both novice events, including a victory by more than 20 seconds in the second freshman-8 event.
The Red lost the varsity-8 against Yale by a tight 1.5 seconds. Cornell also dropped the second and third varsity-8 races by three seconds.
The lightweight team has shown growth over the season after losing its varsity-8 race against Princeton last weekend for the Platt Cup, and previously against Harvard. Though the Red picked up four victories against the Tigers, the only race that counts for the Platt Cup is the varsity-8, in which the team was not able to overcome a strong Princeton boat.
“We reevaluate during the early parts of the week how the varsity-8 is going to be made up … it really helps drive team spirit as every guy on the team is pushing to get onto the varsity,” said varsity coxswain Kerry Quinn.
With only one event left in the season, the Red is gearing up before EARC championships and IRA national championships in the coming weeks.
“The last three weeks going into EARC is really a time for us to fine-tune our technique,” Quinn said.
The women picked up the Class of ’89 points plate for their three victories. The team lost the varsity-8 race for the Raritan Cup by five seconds to Ivy rival Penn. However, the team rebounded by defeating the Quakers in the novice events and the second varsity-8 race.
The all-important varsity-8 has proved to be a tough event for the Red, which has not been able to claim victory in the event consistently. The team will head to Providence to face Brown and Columbia this weekend, before returning to face Dartmouth in its final race of the season.