The Tigers, who placed second at the 2011 EARC Sprints and also made the grand final at the IRA national championships, entered the season ranked fourth nationally. After season-opening scrimmage victories over both Georgetown and Syracuse last weekend, Princeton officially opened 2012 with a winning time of 6:27.3 in the varsity eight showdown on Bud Smith Memorial Race Course on Lake Carnegie. Penn took second in 6:40.6, while Columbia placed third in 6:42.5.
“It was a solid day for our Princeton crews," third-year head coach Greg Hughes said. "The squad raced hard in some very challenging conditions. It’s an honor to win Childs Cup and to see Princeton move into the lead for all-time wins.”
Princeton has now won the Childs Cup 45 times, one more than Penn; Columbia has won the Cup 12 times. Princeton has won it 13 of the last 14 years.
Princeton won three of four races on the day, and it saw its second varsity and first freshman boats remain perfect. The second varsity won in 6:40.5, nearly 10 seconds faster than Penn, while the freshman eight (6:23.6) topped Penn by nearly 12 full seconds.
Penn picked up a win in the second freshman eight in 6:57.0, while Princeton took second in 7:00.8.
Princeton will head to the Charles River next Saturday for a showdown with the top-ranked and reigning Ivy League champion Harvard Crimson.
Princeton 3V 6:44.7
Princeton 3VL 7:23.2