38 Days, 38 Sports: Open Rowing
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.
Princeton Open Rowing • Ten Fast Facts
1) Open Rowing was one of the original six women's sports introduced during the 1971-72 academic year. The others were basketball, field hockey, squash, swimming and tennis. Princeton defeated MIT in its inaugural race on April 8, 1972.
2) Princeton has won 13 Ivy League championships, five more than any other program in the league. The Tigers have won two of the last three Ivy titles, including the 2013 crown.
3) With 173 victories, Lori Dauphiny is the winningest rowing coach in Princeton history. That includes all four programs; the next closest is former heavyweight coach Curtis Jordan, who won 129 with the heavyweights. Jordan hired Dauphiny to be his assistant coach when he was the women's coach (1984-90).
4) In 1976, Carol Brown became the first Princeton woman to row in the Olympics, and she earned a bronze medal in the W8+. In the 2012 Olympiad, the Tigers had three representatives in the top two boats in the W8+ grand final (Caroline Lind '06, Andreanne Morin '06 and Lauren Wilkinson '11).
5) Princeton won the 2006 and 2011 NCAA championships in the varsity eight. Both boats were undefeated during the season, including wins in the Eastern Sprints finals.
6) The Tigers have won 29 of the last 30 Ivy League dual races, and they have won the overall team title at each of the last three EAWRC/Ivy League Championships.
7) Princeton's Ivy League champion varsity eight included a pair of sisters. Kelsey Reelick, a freshman in the 2011 NCAA champion varsity eight, is a rising senior, while Erin Reelick was the lone freshman in the boat.
8) Heidi Robbins, a member of both the 2011 NCAA champion and 2013 Ivy League champion varsity eight, joined two-time Olympic gold medalist Caroline Lind in the U.S. women's eight at the Rowing World Cup #3 in Lucerne, Switzerland, this summer. The U.S. did more than win gold; it set a new world's best time in the final.
9) Princeton competes for various Cups against its traditional Ivy rivals during the regular season: The Class of 1987 Trophy (Brown), The Class of 1975 Cup (Cornell and Harvard), The Eisenberg Cup (Yale) and The Class of 1984 Plaque (Dartmouth and Penn). Princeton holds the all-time edge in each series.
10) At the NCAA Championships, the V8, 2V8 and V4 all compete for points towards the overall team champion. Over the last two seasons, Princeton has reached five of six grand finals; the varsity eight has reached its grand final five straight years and in nine of the last 10.
Princeton Rowing • Five To Watch
|Kelsey Reelick rowed in the bow for the 2013 NCAA silver medalist and is the lone returner from the 2011 NCAA V8 champ.||Rising senior Susannah Shipton stroked the 2V, which was undefeated in the Ivies and reached the NCAA finals.|
July 10 - Baseball
July 11 - Field Hockey
July 12 - Football
July 15 - Women's Tennis
July 16 - Heavyweight Rowing
July 17 - Women's Basketball
July 18 - Men's Outdoor Track & Field
July 19 - Women's Open Rowing