The third-ranked Princeton women’s lightweight rowing team opened its two-week homestand last Saturday in winning fashion, topping Georgetown to retain the Class of 2006 Cup. Another home win this Saturday would come at the expense of the top-ranked team in the nation.
One week after retaining one of two Cups that the women's lightweights compete for, the Tigers will look for the other Saturday morning during the final home regatta of the racing season. Harvard entered last weekend ranked second nationally, but its win over No. 1 Stanford in the Lightweight Invitational Regatta Saturday moved the Crimson atop the rankings.
And it presented Princeton a grand opportunity in its most historic rivalry.
“Harvard is one of our biggest rivals, and I think it’s exciting that we have a chance to race them in the regular season,” junior coxswain Eden Full said. “It will show us our strengths, as well as what we can improve on, as we continue to train for Sprints and IRAs.”
Princeton leads the Class of 1999 Cup all-time series 12-3, though the two programs have split the last four competitions. The regatta was cancelled last season because of the police activity surrounding the search for the Boston Marathon bombers.
This will also be the second time Princeton has raced the No. 1 team in the country. In their season opener, the Tigers fell by about five seconds to four-time reigning national champion Stanford.
“One thing that I love about our boat is the fighting spirit we have,” Full said. “All nine of us are committed to our training, and we are relentless and resilient when we race. It doesn’t matter what the rankings are — I feel confident about our team’s ability to perform our best every single race. I can’t wait for us to have the chance to go out there and show everyone what we’ve got.”
The regatta, which follows the Carnegie Cup regatta between the Princeton, Yale and Cornell heavyweights, will begin at 10:20 am with a 3V4.
Following a 2V race at 10:40, two of the fastest boats in the nation will compete at 11 a.m.
For Princeton, it’s one final race on Lake Carnegie, and one final test before the postseason.
SATURDAY RACING SCHEDULE
Heavyweights vs. Cornell and Yale
9:00 AM - Fourth Varsity
9:20 AM - Third Varsity
9:40 AM - Second Varsity
10:00 AM - First Varsity - Carnegie Cup
Lightweight Women vs. Georgetown
10:20 AM - Third Varsity 4+
10:40 AM - Second Varsity
11:00 AM - First Varsity - 1999 Cup