Lights at Princeton Chase and Heavies at The Head of the Schuylkill2 min read
The University of Delaware Men’s Crew team experienced yet another successful weekend of racing at The Head of the Schuylkill Regatta and the Princeton Chase.
On Saturday, the Heavyweights traveled up to Philadelphia to compete in the Novice 8, Club 8, and Championship 8 events. The Freshman squad fielded three boats in the Frosh/Novice 8 event and finished in 8th, 15th and 30th places in a field of 32 crews. The 2nd Varsity 8 competed in the Club 8 event where they faced Philadelphia boats such as Drexel, St. Joe’s, and Temple as well as clubs from out of town such as Potomac Boat Club, Univerity of Maryland, and Union College. The 2nd Varsity 8 took home silver with a 2nd place finish behind Drexel. The Varsity 8, entered in the Championship 8 event, took on a field of some of the Country’s top clubs and college teams including Vesper, University BC, and Drexel. The Varsity 8 finished 4th in the event behind Vesper, Drexel, and a composite boat comprised of Gold Cup scullers. In addition to the three heavyweight boats at the regatta, the UDMC Alumni Association represented Delaware as well, competing in the Alumni 8 event. The Alumni 8 won the event in dominant fashion, finishing nearly 25 seconds ahead of 2nd place.
The following day, the Lightweight team headed to Princeton’s Carnegie Lake to compete with arguably the fastest lightweight teams in the country. The team entered four 8s in the Lightweight 8 event. In a field of 32 boats, the 4V, 3V, 2V and 1V finished in places 31, 24, 15, and 5, respectively. The 2V finished in 5th place of all 2v’s, beating Harvard, UPenn, Dartmouth, and Georgetown. With a 5th place overall finish, the 1V asserted their speed, clocking only 2 seconds behind 3rd place Harvard. The Freshman Lightweight 8 added to the day’s success with a 9th place performance in the Freshman 8 event, finishing 4th among lightweight boats.
The Princeton Chase marks the end of the fall racing season for the Lightweights while the Heavyweights will be extending their season another few weeks, racing in the Head of the Occoquan, and potentially the Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta and the Bill Braxton Memorial Regatta.