As the prepare to compete for the final three Ivy League championships of the academic year, rowers William Gillis (heavyweights) and Ed Northrop (lightweights) join open head coach Lori Dauphiny to discuss Sunday's Eastern Sprints and Ivy League Championships.
Gillis is the senior captain of the heavyweight men, who enter Sunday's Eastern Sprints as the third seed behind Yale and Harvard. Princeton is looking for its first Sprints/Ivy title since 2006, and it has a boat that has either beaten or been highly competitive with every boat in the field. Gillis helped Princeton to both the Sprints and IRA finals last year, and he is looking for his first collegiate medal this weekend.
Dauphiny has guided the Tigers to five Ivy League championships, including the 2013 title, as well as a pair of varsity eight NCAA championships. Princeton hasn't won back-to-back Ivy titles since the mid-1990s, and it will need to knock off the nation's top-ranked crew, Brown, to earn that distinction this season. Leading that charge is Kelsey Reelick, the senior stroke who has been part of two Ivy League champions and the 2011 NCAA champion.
Despite only being a sophomore, Northrop is no stranger to big events. He competed for Australia at the Under-23 World Championships, and he helped Princeton win the Head of the Charles last October. Now he will try to lead third-seeded Princeton to its first Eastern/Ivy League title since 2009. Much like the men's field, this could be a tightly packed race, though unbeaten Cornell enters the weekend as the top seed.
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