After losing its No. 1 rank following losses to then-No.4 Princeton and then-No .2 Yale, the No. 4 men’s lightweight rowing team bounced back this weekend and swept its varsity races to win the Greiger Cup over Columbia and MIT. The heavyweight team was successful as well, bringing home the Howard Smith Cup. The women raced at home Friday, but failed to win the Dunn Bowl.
“We’re pretty satisfied,” said senior William Boyce. “We shuffled our lineup a lot coming into the race and we’re happy with the way it turned out.”
Both the men’s heavyweight and lightweight rowing teams are looking to bounce back after tough races last weekend, while the women are trying to keep their momentum after defeating Penn and Rutgers for the Class of ’89 Points Plate.
The men’s heavyweight squad will travel to Princeton, Pa., and New Brunswick, N.J. to race twice on the road in the same weekend for the first time this season since the Pac-10 Invitational.
“We’ve done a lot of race preparation for the week,” said senior Andrew Carr. “This weekend we have back-to-back dual meets and will have another opportunity to show the strength and depth of our team.”
First, the team will compete in the Princeton-hosted dual meet with Yale and will then race against a strong Rutgers squad on the following day.
This weekend, the men’s lightweight rowing team will have its hands full as it will travel to Princeton for a dual meet against Princeton and Rutgers and then travel to New Haven to face Yale on the same day.
The men’s heavyweight and women’s rowing teams will both stay in Ithaca for their own dual meets this weekend against Navy and Syracuse and Penn and Rutgers, respectively.
“It’s going to be a pretty big challenge to have to race Princeton on their home course and then get back in the van and drive to Yale and race them on their home course,” said men’s lightweight senior captain Matt Kochem. “We’ll make the most of everything regardless of what happens, but we really want to win this one, though, because it will show how strong we are.”
Both men’s heavyweight and the women’s rowing teams had a chance to showcase their best stuff as they started off their spring seasons with races against No. 1 teams in the country.
Men’s heavyweight competed against the top-ranked California team and the women’s squad raced against the top-ranked Yale Bulldogs. Men’s lightweight are two-time defending national champions and are one of the best teams in the country going into the spring.
The men’s heavyweight rowing team started off their spring with an invite to the Pac-10 Invitational and used it to show the teams on the West Coast how talented the Red really is.
The men’s heavyweight rowing team will stay in Ithaca this weekend to face Georgetown while women’s rowing will start off its spring season by facing Syracuse and No. 1-ranked Yale.
Heavyweight is coming off a successful showing in the highly competitive Pac-10 Challenge where it faced off with some of the top boats in the country.
The men’s varsity eight boat defeated UCLA by over 27 seconds but was not as successful against Stanford. The second varsity eight defeated Stanford earlier in the day by over seven seconds but fell to UCLA in the afternoon. Both boats lost to California the next day.
Traditionally, the men’s heavyweight rowing team starts off its spring season by competing in the Ithaca Regatta. This year, however, the team will experience a change of pace after receiving an invitation to the selective Pac-10 Invitational where the squad will compete against California and Stanford.
“There is tenacity in this team,” said senior captain Dan Holodnik. “The guys are excited because they know that there is something for us to show to everyone.”
The heavyweights are coming off a strong season last year which saw two boats qualify for the IRA grand finals including the second varsity eight placing third in the National championship.
Despite the strong performance last season, the Red still wants to see more improvement this year.
Men’s heavyweight rowing has already gotten its spring started off on the right foot, or should I say oar, by getting invited to compete in the prestigious Pac-10 Invitational in San Francisco.
“We’re thrilled to get invited to the Pac-10 Invitational this year,” said senior heavyweight captain Dan Holodnik. “These teams don’t see us too often and they don’t know what to expect. We have something to prove.”
The Red will be sending its top-2 varsity boats to the tournament, which is also called the Windermere Classic, and competing against teams such as Stanford on Saturday and California on Sunday.
While most Cornell students head off to enjoy Spring Break, three Cornellians will be going to Fayetteville, Ark., to compete in the NCAA indoor track championships.
Junior women’s track star Jeomi Maduka has already made numerous headlines, including a featured article in USA Today.
Maduka was named Ivy League Player of the Year yesterday for her performance on the court, leading the women’s basketball team to the NCAA tournament.
That wasn’t a typo. She’s potentially going to the NCAA tournament for basketball and track. Maduka qualified for NCAAs in the long jump with the eighth best jump in the country.
“It was pretty exciting to see her article in USA Today,” said men’s head coach Nathan Taylor.
This weekend the men’s and women’s track teams headed for Boston to compete in the IC4A/ECAC Indoor Championships. The men finished 12th while the women scored 27 points to earn its seventh-place finish out of 53 teams in the ECAC at the tournament.
UConn scored 60.5 points to win the meet while Seton Hall and Syracuse finished second and third respectively.
“I think our team did really well,” said sophomore Lindsay Broyhill. “A lot of girls set personal records.”
The 4×800-meter relay team of Broyhill, junior Megan Rae and sophomores Caroline Heidt and Kerri Lyons gave the Red its best finish of the weekend after running a 9:02.36, which placed them second in the event.
Heading into the IC4A Indoor Championships this weekend, the men’s track team got all the momentum it needed after winning the Ivy League Championship with a record score of 205, including a record-winning margin of 56 points over rival Princeton.
The men got the revenge they were looking for after Princeton defeated them by a mere three points in last season’s Ivy League Championship.
“It was really amazing to be a part of this great performance,” said junior Garrett Huyler. “Our team set the record for the most points at Heps and for the largest margin of victory at Heps. It was great to see the entire team do well and set all those records, especially in front of all the alumni and all the people watching.”