The Princeton men's heavyweight program is among the most successful in the country and our record is a great source of pride. Over the past fifteen years, the heavyweight varsity 8+ has won five Eastern Sprints titles (1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, and 2006) and two IRA National Championships (1996 and 1998). The heavyweight program has won the Sprints all-points trophy in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2005.
In 1999, Princeton also brought home the Robert E. Mulcahy III trophy for the top all-points performance at the IRA National Championship Regatta. All-point victories such as these could not have been possible without solid performances from the JV and freshman crews. It is with the help of strong performances from all of its crews that the Princeton heavyweight team has succeeded in proving itself as one of the top programs in the country.
The success of the heavyweight team has extended beyond the US. In 2003, Princeton made history at the Henley Royal Regatta when the freshman heavyweight 8+ and the lightweight varsity 8+ met up in the final of the
With year one under coach Greg Hughes in the books, it is safe to look back and say it was undoubtedly a success. A strong fall season that saw the heavyweights sweep the Varsity 8+, Varsity 4+, Freshman 8+ and small boat events at the Princeton Chase highlighted the potential in the group. The team built off those results during winter training and emerged in the spring ready to compete in a very tightly packed league. After a 4-3 regular season that saw the Tigers contending in every race, the entire heavyweight squad produced an exceptional effort at the Eastern Sprints and finished second in the competition for the Rowe Cup (overall team points). The Varsity 8+ raced to a second place finish at Sprints and their result was matched by the Freshman 8+, who also came away with silver, just .4 seconds behind the gold medalists.
Three weeks later, at the IRA National Championships the Freshman 8+ ended their first year emphatically with a strong third place finish, the first medal at the national championships for the Tigers in the freshman event since they won it in 2003.
Year two under Coach Hughes backed up the promise shown in the previous year. The year started with an impressive showing in the fall as the Tigers showed their speed in winning the V8+ and Freshman 8+ at the Princeton Chase against a strong field. The team wrapped up the fall with some great intrasquad racing in the 1x, 2x and 2-.
The team continued to build their speed throughout the winter training season and made all the hard work count when racing started in the spring. A successful regular season saw the V8+ and 2V8+ race to matching 7-1 records while the Freshman 8+ finished up with a mark of 8-1. At the Eastern Sprints, the Tigers backed up those records and again finished second in the competition for the Rowe Cup with the V8+ and Freshman 8+ bringing home matching silver medals.
At the IRA Nationals Championships, the team solidified their place as one of the top heavyweight programs in the country with a fourth place finish in the overall team standings. A strong weekend of racing saw the V8+ finish sixth and the 2V8+ and Freshman 8+ end their year with fourth place results. With a large majority of the team coming back next year to be joined by a strong incoming class of freshmen, the future is bright for the Tigers!