The sixth-ranked Princeton open crew began its 2008 season with an impressive sweep of No. 3 Brown and Michigan State on a windy morning at Lake Carnegie. The Tigers made their only win during the regatta count, as they edged Michigan State by .3 of a second to win the varsity eight showdown.
Princeton won the Brown/Princeton Trophy by winning the varsity eight in 7:13.4, while Michigan State finished second in 7:13.7. Brown placed third in 7:21.1. All three teams would claim at least one win on the day, including one varsity win apiece. Brown won the second varsity eight in 7:46.5, while Michigan State win the varsity four in 8:29.8. There was a strong headwind with gusts the whole day, and it was strongest for the first novice and second varsity events, according to row2k.com.
The Tigers, who have a mixed lineup of youth and experience, will look to continue its strong start next weekend, when it welcomes Rutgers and Columbia to a three-team regatta on Lake Carnegie.
Princeton 7:13.4; Michigan State 7:13.7; Brown 7:21.1
Brown 7:46.5; Michigan State 7:52.1; Princeton 7:55.4
Michigan State 8:29.8; Brown 8:44.9; Princeton 9:08.4
Brown 8:02.0; Princeton 8:10.8; Michigan State 9:05.9
Brown 8:52.1; Princeton 9:19.4