April 21, 2013

ROWING | First Varsity Eight Falls Just Short of Goes Trophy

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Both the Cornell men’s heavyweight and lightweight rowing teams competed in races this past weekend, but neither squad was able to claim a cup.

The heavyweight team battled the Navy Midshipmen and the Syracuse Orange this Saturday at Navy, where both the Goes Trophy and the Stagg Points Plate were up for grabs. Ultimately, Navy edged the Red to claim both awards.

The Mids won the first Varsity Eight Race in 5:37.5, just 1.1 seconds ahead of the Red, giving them the Goes Trophy.

In addition to the Varsity Eight Race, the Mids also won the Second Varsity Eight and the Third Varsity Eight to make them eligible for the plate as the highest point earners across all races at the regatta. The Mids scored a total of 11 points, while the Red finished close behind with nine.

The Red’s heavyweight team did sweep both Navy and Syracuse in the First Freshmen Race, crossing the finish line in 6:02.2, seven seconds before Navy.

The lightweight squad’s hunt for the Geiger Cup was temporarily put on hold on Saturday, as No. 8 MIT was forced to cancel its trip to Ithaca on account of the lockdown in Boston this weekend.

The Red still hosted No. 6 Columbia and emerged victorious in two out of three races. Despite falling in the first Varsity Eight Race, the squad went on to edge the Lions in both the Second Varsity Eight Race and the Third Varsity Eight Race.

“This past weekend we took two of three races against Columbia. We really wanted to sweep all three races, but in the end Columbia prevailed in the First Varsity,” said sophomore Rich Barakat. “We look forward to our upcoming two weeks of hard training before we face off against Dartmouth at home. Lastly, our team sends our best wishes to MIT and to the Boston area. United We Stand.”

The lightweight crew will welcome Dartmouth in its final home race of the season on May 4 to compete for the Baggaley Bowl.

Following the Red’s last home race, the crew will have its chance to claim the Geiger Cup when it faces Columbia and MIT at the Eastern Sprints. The Cup will be given to the winner of the first Varsity Eight Race.

Original Author: Sydney Altschuler