It may be five hours away, but the Princeton men's lightweight rowing team has made the Charles River a second home this year. Six months after winning the Head of the Charles, the fifth-ranked Tigers defeated both No. 2 Yale and No. 4 Harvard Saturday morning to win both the Goldthwait (V8) and Vogel (team) Cups.
Princeton won a thriller over Yale to win its first Goldthwait Cup since 2009 and its 26th in the 89th edition of this rivalry. The Tigers won a thriller, holding off Yale by only .3 of a second to win the varsity eight showdown.
"We had a solid race and were able to implement a lot of the changes that we've been working on over the past few weeks," Cameron Howie said. "We were able to hold Yale to a few seats off of the start, and were able to take a big margin on Harvard. We kept a good rhythm and stuck to our foundation throughout the middle of the race, and were able to move through Yale.
"Allowing Yale to move back into us in the last quarter of the race showed us that we have a lot to work on in the last 500 meters," he added. "Overall I think that it was a great step forward, but there is still a lot of work to do before Sprints."
"It was a real honor to receive the Goldthwait Cup for the first time in five years from Happy Prince, the daughter of Henry Prince, who donated the Cup 90 years ago to honor a boat mate of his from Harvards Class of '26," head coach Marty Crotty said. "To think of all the incredible coaches and rowers who've contested this trophy since then and now to be on the better end of it, in another HYP barn burner, is special."
While Princeton reclaimed the Goldthwait Cup, it also won the Vogel Cup for the overall team competition for the first time. The Tigers had a perfect 4-for-4 regatta, including a win of more than seven seconds in the 2V and a win of just under seven seconds in the 3V.
"Winning the Vogel Cup was great for the team," Crotty said. "This was the first time the TigerLights have ever won this Cup. It's a good sign that we've assembled some of the pieces the right way with the championship season just three weeks away.
"A lot of things have to go just right for all four of our crews to win the way they did," he added. "I'm glad the guys were able to perform so well today."
"It was the first time that our team has ever won the Vogel Cup, and the feeling couldn't have been better," Howie said. "There was some doubt that we would be unable to win it this year as Harvard and Yale both entered freshmen eights and whereas our freshmen were mixed into the varsity boats. Despite this disadvantage, every member on our team stepped up in a big way today and as a result we went 4-0, securing the points cup, and making it a very enjoyable bus ride home."
It was easily the most complete regatta of the spring for Princeton, and it is the perfect foundation for the final month of training before the 2014 EARC Championships, which will be held May 18 on Lake Quinsigamond.
Second Varsity Eight
Third Varsity Eight
Second Frosh/Novice Eight
Princeton 4V 6:14.0
Yale 4V 6:23.1