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Top-Ranked Men's Lightweights Host Penn, Georgetown Saturday

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 04/22/2010
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Princeton will compete for The Wood-Hammond Trophy Saturday against Penn and Georgetown.
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer

Saturday Event Schedule  
Second Freshman 11:15 a.m.
Third Varsity 11:30 a.m.
First Freshman 11:45 a.m.
Second Varsity 12:00 p.m.
First Varsity 12:15 p.m.

The undefeated Princeton men’s lightweight crew, fresh off its Platt Cup victory over both Cornell and St. Joseph’s last weekend on Lake Carnegie, returns to the water Saturday morning to face another pair of Eastern rivals.

Princeton has won its last 18 regular season races, dating back to the 2008 season opener, and will look for   its fifth straight victory over Penn this morning when the two crews race for The Wood-Hammond Trophy. Georgetown will also be part of this morning’s regatta; Princeton topped Georgetown on Lake Carnegie on   April 3.

The Tigers have been ranked first in the national poll since the start of the season and will face a pair of Top 10 teams this morning. Georgetown currently stands sixth in the latest USRowing Collegiate Poll, while Penn is eighth.

The Quakers are coming off a split in the Dodge Cup regatta on its own Schuylkill River; Penn defeated Columbia by more than five seconds, but fell to the fourth-ranked Yale Bulldogs. Georgetown also split a pair of races last weekend, losing to No. 3 Navy on the Severn River while defeating Delaware.

Princeton is 5-0 on the season and has been the reigning power in The Wood-Hammond Trophy regatta. In its head-to-head rivalry with Penn, Princeton has won 54 of the 66 regattas, including 30 of the last 31 competitions; Penn’s lone victory came in 2005.

Princeton will conclude its regular season next weekend on Lake Carnegie in what could be the biggest men’s lightweight race of the regular season. Princeton will take on No. 2 Harvard and No. 4 Yale for The Goldthwait and Vogel Cups.

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