38 Days, 38 Sports: Men's Lightweight 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 Men's Lightweight Rowing • Ten Fast Facts
1) The first recorded race for Princeton lightweight rowing was May 28, 1920, when Princeton placed second in a four-boat race in Philadelphia at the American Henley Regatta.
2) Princeton has won 15 Eastern Sprints titles, including its first in 1948 under head coach Dave Spencer. Most recently, the Tigers won back-to-back titles in 2009-2010.
3) Gary Kilpatrick is the winningest coach in Princeton history; he won 97 races and five Eastern Sprints gold medals between 1973-1988. Joe Murtaugh followed in Kilpatrick's footsteps admirably; between 1989-2005, he won 85 races and four Sprints golds.
4) Princeton competes for three Cups annually: the Platt Cup (Cornell), the Wood-Hammond Cup (Penn) and the Goldthwait/Vogel Cups (Harvard/Yale). Princeton leads the all-time series in the Platt and Wood-Hammond, while Harvard has the advantage in the Goldthwait/Vogel.
5) The men's lightweights have more Henley titles than any other Princeton rowing program. The Princeton Lights won the Thames Cup five times between 1948-1973; in 2009, it won the Temple Cup for the first time in program history.
6) Robin Prendes '11, who stroked Princeton to two national championships (2009, 2010), competed in the 2012 London Games as a member of the U.S.A. LM4-. The boat finished fourth, and Prendes has continued his international career this summer.
7) Tyler Nase, the captain of the 2013 Tigers, made his international debut at the Rowing World Cup this summer and won a silver medal in the LM2-.
8) Freshmen became varsity-eligible for the first time last season, and three competed in both the Eastern Sprints and IRA national championships. Ed Northrop was a member of the freshman eight, but he also represented Australia at the U-23 World Championships.
9) Princeton raced a great deal of youth in its top two boats last season. Between freshmen and sophomores, the Tigers often had as many as 10 underclassmen competing in either the V8 or 2V8. Six of the nine members (coxswain included) of the V8 at IRAs were underclassmen.
10) After traveling to Sacramento to compete at the 2013 IRA national championships, the Tigers will have a much easier trip for nationals next season. The 2014 IRA Championships will be held at Mercer Lake in nearby West Windsor, N.J.
Princeton Lightweight Rowing • Five To Watch
|Scottie Tinsman will be the lone senior this year who rowed in the V8 at both Sprints and IRAs the last two seasons.|
July 10 - Baseball
July 11 - Field Hockey
July 12 - Football
July 15 - Women's Tennis
July 16 - Men's Heavyweight Rowing
July 17 - Women's Basketball
July 18 - Men's Outdoor Track & Field
July 19 - Women's Open Rowing
July 22 - Men's Lacrosse
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July 25 - Women's Volleyball
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July 29 - Women's Lacrosse
July 30 - Men's Hockey
July 31 - Women's Swimming
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