NEW YORK — The Columbia women’s rowing team was edged by Northeastern and Yale over the weekend. The Lions raced Northeastern for the Woodbury Cup on Saturday at Overpack Park and were clipped by 6.6 seconds. Sunday, Columbia’s varsity eight came up 15.3 seconds behind Yale at Housatonic River in Derby, Connecticut.

The Lions began the weekend with a time of 6:56.7 in the Woodbury Cup against Northeastern. The Huskies were able to best it by crossing the finish in 6:50.1, and also took a 3.4-second win in the second varsity eight. The Lions got some redemption in the varsity four, beating out Northeastern in an exciting finish by less than a second. Columbia came across in 7:49.4, just ahead of the visiting crew at 7:50.25.

"A loss at the Woodbury Cup is always tough," said head coach Scott Ramsey. "We executed well, but didn't have execellent races in the eights and Northeastern earned their wins. We are looking forward to seeing them again at the Sprints.
"The best race of the morning for us was clearly in the varsity four. They were down almost four seats at one point before the last 500 meters and then our crew made the decision they were going to walk through Northeastern to win the race. It was a great way for the seniors in the boat to close out their final home race at Overpeck."

Yale took all four races on Sunday, including the varsity eight and varsity four. The Bulldogs posted winning times of 6:00.4 in the varsity eight and 6:47.2 in the varsity four. Columbia came across in 6:15,7 in the varsity eight and 6:56.7 in the four.

"We expected to have our work cut out for us at Yale and our crews did what they needed to do to keep our margins as close as possible," Ramsey added. "As we saw with our race with Princeton, there are still multiple gears we need to shift into to defeat top-10 Division I teams. We will have almost two weeks of training to do that before the Clemson Invitational."

The Lions take the week off from competition before returning to action the following weekend, April 22-23, in Lake Hartwell at the Clemson Invite.


Varsity Eight
Northeastern – 6:50.1
Columbia – 6:56.7

Second Varsity Eight
Northeastern – 7:01.7
Columbia – 7:05.1

Varsity Four
Columbia – 7:49.4
Northeastern – 7:50.25

Second Varsity Four
Northeastern – 8:19.5
Columbia – 8:21.2


Varsity Eight
Yale – 6:00.4
Columbia – 6:15.7

Second Varsity Eight
Yale – 6:05.0
Columbia – 6:24.1

Varsity Four
Yale – 6:47.2
Columbia: 6:56.7

Second Varsity Four
Yale – 6:50.6
Columbia – 7:09.8