Heavyweights, Women's Lights Win Chase; All Programs Post Top-3 Finishes
PRINCETON CHASE RESULTS
The fall racing season came to both a successful and exciting end for the Princeton heavyweights Sunday, as the Tigers won a thriller over EARC rival Northeastern to win the annual Princeton Chase. They joined the women's lightweights as championship winners Sunday, while both the men's lightweights and women's open squads earned Top 3 finishes.
The heavyweight men won the closest event of the day in the championship 8+, edging Northeastern by less than .2 of a second in 13:08.14. The time beat the remainder of the Ivy League field by more than 15 seconds, and Princeton was also the only Ivy team to have two boats inside the Top 10; the B boat finished seventh in 13:27.917.
The Tigers also saw their 4+ take third overall and first among the Ivies in 14:53.345.
"It was a solid day for the heavies," head coach Greg Hughes said. "The guys raced the eight to plan and put up solid results in the 4's and small boats. It's just the fall, and we've got a lot of work to do this winter. Now that the fall racing is done, I'm looking forward to getting back to work."
Despite a challenging week that began with the Head of the Charles and included the mid-terms, the Princeton women's lightweight rowing team took a big step forward. The Tigers concluded their fall racing season by winning the lightweight competition.
The women's lightweights posted a winning time of 16:04.498 while racing among the top women's open boats in the nation. They showed an impressive improvement in comparison to Boston University, which picked up a win over the Tigers by five seconds last weekend at the Charles; on Sunday, Princeton topped the second-place Terriers by more than eight seconds.
"Our program showed tremendous resolve this week," said head coach Paul Rassam. "About half of our eight had the flu at the beginning of the week. This, coupled with midterms, made for less than optimal prep. But they dug in and reversed the result against a very solid B.U. boat, and we also beat Fordham. It was a nice way to cap the fall season."
The women's lightweight also had the top time in the 4+ in 17:16.201, which topped Georgetown by more than 50 seconds. It was part of a very satisfying day for Rassam.
"In addition to being top lightweight boat in the eight and fours events, we beat openweight A boats in the 8+ event, such as Texas, Rhode Island, and GW," the 2011 EAWRC championship head coach said. "In the four we beat open A boats from Columbia, Texas and Penn."
The lightweight men, coming off their win at the Head of the Charles, got back to work and posted another impressive piece Sunday. The Tigers finished second in 13:20.601, falling only to a strong Yale boat. Princeton had two boats in the Top 10, and its freshman eight posted narrow wins over similar boats from both Harvard and Yale.
"Going into today, I think we had a lot of excuses to do poorly, but I thought the guys stepped up and had a really solid day," said head coach Marty Crotty. "It’s a tough week at Princeton to be a student-athlete, but they stepped up. Yale had a tremendous piece. I thought it was really impressive what they did.
"Overall, the guys have been training really hard, through Boston and this week," Crotty added. "I’m happy for my guys to get a break this week. They trained so hard in the offseason and this fall, and this is a really good time for a break."
It was part of a very strong overall day for Princeton, which saw all four of its programs produce solid results Sunday.
The reigning Ivy League champion Princeton open rowing team placed third in its championship 8+ event in 14:50.893. Virginia won the event, while Yale held off the Tigers for second. Princeton was the only Ivy program with two teams in the Top 6, as a second boat finished sixth in 15:05.957.
"It was a great team effort and overall better than our performance at the Charles," said head coach Lori Dauphiny. "The competition was strong and impressive. It was a lot of fun to end our fall racing season with every team member racing and contributing."
Princeton could also leave the day feeling good about its freshman class, as the Tigers won the novice 8+ competition by less than two seconds over Virginia in 15:51.963. That time beat every other Ivy League novice boat by at least 48 seconds.