For another exciting week in racing this season, the Lightweights headed up to Princeton, NJ for a meet with both Dartmouth College and hosts Princeton University. Conditions were tough for all races and crews, with cross headwinds picking up throughout racing.The Third, Fourth, and Fifth Varsity eights from delaware fell to Princeton, with the 3V finishing in second between Princeton and Dartmouth. The UD fighting 150 Second Varsity made history as the first Delaware crew to beat a Princeton boat in a duel race, well done and congratulations to the 2V! The First Varsity eight race featured Dartmouth crossing two lanes in the final 400 meters with both Dartmouth and Princeton ultimately finishing ahead of the first varsity eight. In the coming week these 150’s will let the scale collect some dust as they race heavyweight at the Kerr Cup Regatta in Philadelphia and do some fine tuning for their race against Navy and Harvard in Boston in two weeks.
The Heavyweight Men raced in similarly poor conditions this weekend, taking part in the Knecht Cup at Mercer Lake, with Both a Varsity and Junior Varsity 8+ entered, in addition to a Varsity 4+. The Varsity 4+ rowed well in a competitive heat, but unfortunately did not advance. The JV 8+ finished first in their heat, seven seconds over the field, and went on the win the Grand Final, keeping their winning streak rolling for another week, Congratulations! The Varsity 8+ placed third in their heat, advancing them to the semi-final. In their semi-final race they again placed third, advancing them to the Grand Final. In the Grand Final, featuring crews from SJU, Army, and UVa among others, the Varsity 8+ placed fifth. Well rowed by all hens in tough conditions this weekend, and the heavies turn towards the SIRA Championships in Oak Ridge, TN this upcoming weekend.
Best of Luck to all crews and Roll Hens!