Lori Dauphiny, who will try to lead the Princeton open crew to its first NCAA team championship this weekend, joined the latest edition of TigerCast to discuss her incredible 2011 season and her early thoughts on the NCAA Championships.
Princeton has done everything it could possibly do far during the 2011 open crew season. From its perfect regular season to its four EAWRC championships, it has been something of a dream season for Lori Dauphiny's squad. Now it looks for the exclamation point on its year as it competes in this weekend's NCAA Championship regatta at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center.
The reigning EAWRC/Ivy League champion Princeton open crew will join a talented field of 16 teams next weekend for the 2011 NCAA Championships, it was announced Tuesday during the NCAA selection show.
The two-time defending Eastern champion Princeton men's lightweights knew they would head to Lake Quinsigamond with big targets on their backs for the 2011 EARC Championships. For the first time in three years, that charge was finally too much for Princeton to overcome.
Princeton heavyweight head coach Greg Hughes enthusiastically talked about his team as "a bunch of racers." Throughout the day, and especially in its final 500 meters of the 2011 EARC Championships, Princeton showed just what that kind of racing could produce.
This time, there would be no close finish, no heartbreaking loss. The top-ranked Princeton open women firmly established itself as the class of Eastern rowing by winning all four major grand finals, including a varsity eight victory that earned the Tigers the 2011 Ivy League title.
Head coach Paul Rassam saw something different in this Princeton women's lightweight crew from preseason through a perfect regular season. Now he sees something new on his lightweight crew - an EAWRC gold medal.
The EARC Championships is a day revered by Princeton heavyweight head coach Greg Hughes, who has experienced both the highs and lows of that championship Sunday. He'd love nothing more than to pick up maybe his biggest high this weekend, when Princeton goes for its sixth championship in program history.
The Princeton women's lightweight crew couldn't have asked for a better start to their 2011 season. It really couldn't have asked for a better middle, either. But each and every Tiger will tell you that none of that will mean much without the perfect ending on Sunday at the EAWRC Championships.
For the second straight season, the Princeton men's lightweight crew comes into the EARC Championships as the hunter, not the hunted. Based on last year's results, it's a role Princeton is fully capable of handling.