All four Princeton squads were in action this past weekend, racing in their final races of the 2011 regular season. Up in Boston, the Light Men met up with Harvard and Yale for the HYP. As always, the racing was fierce. The 1V race was an epic battle, with all three crews leading the race at some stage through the middle thousand. In the final stretch, Princeton and Harvard fought for the line and Harvard came out on top, finishing about a deck length ahead of the Tigers. Yale was about a length back. Harvard also won the 2V by about 4 seats over the Tigers. In the 1F, Yale fought back through Princeton's one length lead in the last 400m to win the race by 1 foot. You can find the GoPrincetonTigers.com race recap HERE.
The Light Women met up with Georgetown here in Princeton to race for the Class of 2006 Cup. Princeton won both the 1V and 2V races by solid margins. The 1V win capped of an undefeated regular season for the Tigers. You can find the GoPrincetonTigers.com race recap HERE.
The Open Women met up with Virginia, Tennessee and Columbia here on Lake Carnegie. The Tigers won the 1V, 2V and 3V races. With the win in the 1V race, the Tigers completed an undefeated regular season and will head into the post season ranked #1 in the nation. The 2V also completed an undefeated season. You can find the GoPrincetonTigers.com race recap HERE.
The Heavy Men met up with Brown for the Content Cup. The Tigers won the 1V, 2V and 1F races, while Brown won the 3V race. The win in the 1V race returned the Content Cup to Princeton for the first time since 2006 and the Tigers have completed the regular season with a 7-1 record. The 2V and 1F will also head into the Eastern Sprints with a 7-1 record. You can find the GoPrincetonTigers.com race recap HERE.
All of the Princeton squads have now completed the regular season. The next race for the Tigers will be the Men's and Women's Eastern Sprints on Sunday, May 15.
With a sweep of three teams in Saturday's varsity eight race, including defending NCAA champion Virginia, the top-ranked Princeton open crew made a little history for itself in completing a perfect regular season. For only the second time in program history, the Tigers won more than 12 races in a season; now they turn their attention on a pair of far bigger honors.
This might be a good time for Princeton men's heavyweight supporters to wish for good things in 3s. With its Saturday morning victory over Brown, Princeton regained the Content Cup and earned its first seven-win season since 2006. That is two of the three; a nice third could come in two weeks, if the Tigers could win their first EARC championship since that same 2006 season.
During his first season at Princeton, men's lightweight crew coach Marty Crotty entered the postseason on the heel of a tight loss to one of the Tigers' most historic rivals; his squad left the postseason with two gold medals. He now will hope history repeats itself, as Princeton ended the 2011 regular season with a series of narrow losses during the Goldthwait and Vogel Cup Regatta on the Charles River.
The top-ranked Princeton women's lightweight crew did everything it could in the regular season, completing a perfect 8-0 season and defeating each of the six teams ranked below it in the poll. Following the Tigers' dominant performance Saturday morning against No. 5 Georgetown, Princeton can now turn its full focus towards the postseason.