What some may have predicted would be a rebuilding year for the 2012 Princeton open crew ended with the Tigers on the NCAA medal stand. A strong team performance over the three-day championship regatta earned Princeton a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships.
You can't do Semifinal Saturday at the NCAA Rowing Championships any better than Princeton did, and it has now established itself a true contender for the 2012 NCAA title. The sixth-ranked Tigers were one of only three programs to place all three boats in Sunday's grand finals, and all three boats took different paths to get there.
There is a time for two-a-day sessions in rowing. Day 1 of the NCAA Championships is not one of them. Head coach Lori Dauphiny was thrilled to give her team the afternoon off after all three boats qualified for the Saturday semifinals during the opening session of the 2012 NCAA Championships, held at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J.
The last time the NCAA Championships were held at Mercer Lake, Princeton was the target. The last time the NCAA Championships were held anywhere, Princeton was the target. This year, Princeton can make the short trip to Mercer Lake as a team under the radar. And after two weeks of hard work preparing for the three-day championship regatta, veteran head coach Lori Dauphiny is confident in the three boats she is bringing to NCAAs.
One day after former men's lightweight national champion Robin Prendes '11 qualified for the Olympics, another former national champion has punched her ticket. Gevvie Stone '07, a member of the 2006 NCAA champion varsity eight, qualified Wednesday in the W1x.
During his brilliant Princeton career, Robin Prendes '11 captured gold twice at both the Eastern Sprints and the IRA National Championships. He stroked Princeton to a Temple Cup win at the 2009 Henley Royal Regatta. Now he focuses on the biggest gold in the sport — Olympic gold.
Princeton is one of three programs to reach every NCAA Championship regatta in open crew, and that streak grew to 16 when the Tigers were named one of 16 competitors for the 2012 national championships. The NCAAs will be held May 25-27 at Lake Mercer in West Windsor, N.J.
The Princeton lightweights placed five boats in grand finals, earned medals in both the varsity eight and freshman eight finals and took second in the Jope Cup team race to complete a strong Sunday at the 2012 EARC Championships.
Princeton continued to show great consistency in its heavyweight rowing program by reaching all four grand finals Sunday on Lake Quinsigamond during the 2012 EARC Championships.
The Princeton open women won three gold medals at the inaugural Ivy League Sprints, and that was enough to help the Tigers win the Willing Point Team Title. Radcliffe, however, upset the Tiger varsity eight to win the 2012 Ivy League title.