TEANECK, N.J. — Dealing with cold weather, choppy water and headwinds, the Columbia heavyweight rowing varsity eight split a pair of head-to-head races in its second weekend of spring competition. The Lions dropped its first race of the morning to Dartmouth before bouncing back against MIT to make it seven consecutive Alumni Cup victories over the Engineers later in the day.

“There were no sharp races by anyone today in these conditions, but Dartmouth was able to push through early in the day and that was the difference in those races,” said director of rowing and heavyweight head coach Scott Alwin. “Our crews are disappointed we couldn’t win in the first round, but proud they were able to finish the day with some victories and extend the streak of holding the Alumni Cup.”

The Big Green also claimed triumphs over the Lions in the second and third varsity competitions. Columbia’s second and third varsity knocked off MIT in their second races.

Due to the poor conditions, the varsity four races were cancelled.

Next up for the Lions is a visit to Penn next Saturday, April 8, where Columbia will vie for the Childs Cup.

Columbia vs. Dartmouth
Saturday, April 1 | Overpeck Park

Varsity Eight
Dartmouth – 6:51.5
Columbia – 6:58.3

Second Varsity Eight
Dartmouth – 6:47.4
Columbia – 6:57.1

Third Varsity Eight
Dartmouth – 7:11.5
Columbia 7:32.1

Alumni Cup Regatta
Columbia vs. MIT
April 1, 2017 | Overpeck Park

Varsity Eight
Columbia – 7:12.5
MIT – 7:29.9

Second Varsity Eight
Columbia – 7:14.5
Columbia 3V – 7:51.2
MIT – 8:17.4