PRINCETON, N.J. — The Columbia lightweight rowing team fought hard against a strong oppoenent and less than ideal conditions, but were felled in a trio of races by Princeton as the Tigers became the first team to get their hands on the new Campbell Cup.

The varsity eight event had to be restarted due to damage in the Tigers’ boat. After a repair and a 20-minute delay, both crews returned to the starting line. Princeton claimed a five-second victory in the race to snap a five-race skid in head-to-head competition.

Princeton also came up victorious in the second varsity eight and sent three crews into the water along with the Lions’ third varsity eight.

“Our guys raced very hard,” stated head coach Nich Lee Parker. “We had some moments where we could have done things differently and improved our performance and that’s where we will look to get better as the season goes on. Princeton rowed some exceptional races today.”

Columbia hits the water next Saturday, April 8, to face Navy for the W.I.T. Cup in Annapolis on Lake Severn.

Campbell Cup Regatta
Columbia vs. Princeton
Saturday, April 1 | Lake Carnegie

Varsity Eight
Princeton – 6:30.2
Columbia – 6:35.2

Second Varsity Eight
Princeton – 6:23.5
Columbia – 6:27.1

Third/Fourth/Fifth Varsity
Princeton 3V – 6:46.3
Princeton 4V – 6:50.6
Princeton 5V – 7:04.4
Columbia – 7:08.9