Princeton found trouble at the start for the second straight week, and it cost the Tigers again. The fifth-ranked Tiger men's lightweights found itself in an early hole Saturday morning, and it couldn't make up the deficit in a loss to third-ranked Cornell Saturday morning on Lake Carnegie.
The Tiger 2V remained unbeaten on the young season, defeating Cornell by 2.8 seconds for the lone Princeton win of the morning. The Princeton 3V fell to the Cornell 1F by 3.1 seconds, while the Cornell 3V topped the Princeton 4V by 4.1 seconds.
For the varsity eight, the start brought back bad memories from the previous weekend, when Princeton couldn't complete a dramatic comeback at Columbia. The Tigers found themselves down about a length to Cornell at the midway point of the race, but they couldn't cut much into that deficit during the second half. The Big Red had a strong final push and won the race in 5:55.0, while Princeton took second in 5:59.1.
The lone win was a bright spot to the morning on Lake Carnegie, as the Princeton 2V moved to 4-0 on the season with its win in 6:02.5.
"Today's race was a battle," junior Jason Elefant said. "We knew Cornell's 2V would race us for the entire 2k, and that's exactly what happened. Fortunately we were able to get off to a strong start in the race and then control it from there, but they made us work for it. There's definitely room for improvement, but I'm happy to get the win considering we rowed a fairly new lineup this weekend."
The top two Princeton boats have both gotten off to strong starts, which was the expectation of head coach Marty Crotty during the preseason. He believed in the depth of his program, and that the competition would push both of the top boats to strong seasons.
"Despite the varsity's loss, I think overall our team is in good shape," Elefant said. "We are more comfortable rowing with each other and we are fueled by a very deep roster which keeps everyone honest. A loss is frustrating, but the goal is of course to peak for Eastern Sprints in May. We all trust the process and are committed to getting better every time we row. We thank Cornell for some great racing today and look forward to seeing them again at Sprints."
Second Varsity Eight
Third Varsity Eight
Cornell 1F 6:15.8
Princeton 3V 6:18.9
Fourth Varsity Eight
Cornell 3V 6:26.6
Princeton 4V 6:30.7