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38 Days, 38 Sports: Heavyweight Rowing

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 07/16/2013
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As a countdown to the start of the 2013-14 athletic schedule, GoPrincetonTigers.com will take a look at each of Princeton's 38 sports. A new post will be added each day Monday through Friday until the first Princeton athletic event on Aug. 31.

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Greg Hughes
• Fifth season
• Guided Princeton to grand finals at both the 2013 Eastern Sprints and the IRA national championships
• Earned two silver medals with Princeton heavyweights at Eastern Sprints
• Led the Princeton men's lightweights to the 2009 IRA national and Eastern Sprints championship, as well as a victory at Henley
• Won IRA national championships as an undergraduate lightweight rower at Princeton (1994 and 1996)


 Princeton Heavyweight Rowing • Ten Fast Facts

1) The first recorded race for Princeton heavyweight rowing was June 13, 1872, when Princeton was in a four-boat race in Philadelphia at the First Annual National Amateur Regatta. Princeton finished fourth, 11 seconds behind the winning boat, Couper of Savannah.

2) Princeton won its first Eastern Sprints varsity eight title in 1995, topping Northeastern by nearly four seconds. The Tigers won three titles in a five-year stretch, and followed with wins in 2001 and 2006.

3) The Childs Cup is the oldest intercollegiate Cup race; it dates back to 1879 and is the annual race between Columbia, Penn and Princeton. Prior to the 1994 showdown on Lake Carnegie, Penn held a 44-27 edge over Princeton for the all-time lead; over the last 20 years, Princeton has won 19 of 20 and now leads Penn 46-44.

4) Princeton has had an alumni in the 8+ competition at every Olympiad since 1980. In the 2012 London Games, Sam Loch '06 rowed for the Australian 8+, which was led by longtime Princeton coach Curtis Jordan. Speaking of which …

5) Curtis Jordan, currently the Director of High Performance with USRowing, is the all-time wins leader with Princeton heavyweight rowing. He coached from 1991-2009, and he led the Tigers to all five of their Eastern Sprints titles.

6) Prior to last season, heavyweight freshmen were unable to compete at the varsity level. A league-wide rule change ended that prior to last season, and several freshmen were part of Princeton's top two varsity boats at Sprints and IRAs.

7) Glenn Ochal '08 and Ian Silveira '12 won gold medals with the U.S. M8+ at the Rowing World Cup #3 last weekend in Lucerne, Switzerland. Ochal won a bronze medal with the U.S. fours at the London Games, while Silveira won a gold medal at the U-23 World Championships last year.

8) When Princeton won the Carnegie Cup last spring, it became the first boat to win the annual Cornell-Princeton-Yale regatta since 2006. Princeton topped Cornell by four seconds on the Housatonic River in New Haven.

9) Princeton has plenty to believe in with its underclassmen from the 2013 season. Freshmen Martin Barakso, George Bradbury and Fred Vystavel each competed at Henley, and both Vystavel and Barakso were part of the 2V at IRAs. Princeton had three underclassmen in the varsity eight during the IRA grand final, and freshman Patrick Eble had been in the varsity eight until a midseason rib injury.

10) Princeton has annually competed for four Cups over the last decade: the Childs Cup, the Carnegie Cup, the Compton Cup and the Content Cup. Last season, however, saw the return of the Princeton-Navy Cup; it was the first regular-season dual between the two boats since 2007.

 Princeton Rowing • Five To Watch
Gillis Konttinen Lindeman Eble Kopelman
William Gillis stroked the 1V during the postseason and was an Academic All-Ivy League honoree. Patrick Konttinen was the lone freshman in the V8 in both the Sprints and IRA grand finals. Tommy Lindeman, a V8 rower last season, is looking to match his brother Jack as an All-Ivy League senior. Prior to an injury v. Harvard, Patrick Eble had been one of Princeton's top freshmen and a V8 member. Jason Kopelman, a 2011 Sprints medalist, rowed in the bow seat in the Sprints and IRA grand finals.

July 10 - Baseball
July 11 - Field Hockey
July 12 - Football
July 15 - Women's Tennis
July 16 - Heavyweight Rowing

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