DERBY, Conn. – The Columbia lightweight rowing team competed in an entertaining varsity eight race that saw all three squads push each other, however, Yale picked up the Dodge Cup for the 39th time in the trophy’s history.

Yale steadily built its lead through the first 500 meters and led by open water by the midway point and earned the victory by about seven seats. Columbia and Penn fought back and forth in the early stages before the Lions turned it on at the 1,000-meter mark to pull overtook the Quakers by a slight margin at the third set of buoys on the course. However, Penn surged back in front of the Lions and took second by a length.

In the second varsity eight, the Lions went toe-to-toe with Yale, but pulled in just five seconds behind the Bulldogs for a runner-up finish.

Yale was disqualified for steering out of its lane in the third varsity eight. No times were posted by the referee, however Columbia’s crew was 9.4 seconds off the margin from Yale’s finish flag.

The Lions will return to Overpeck Park next Saturday, April 22, to race MIT and Cornell for the Geiger Cup.

Dodge Cup
Columbia, Penn, Yale
Housatonic River
April 15, 2017

Varsity Eight
Yale - 5:44.1
Penn - 5:46.1
Columbia - 5:50.1

Second Varsity Eight
Yale - 5:53.8
Columbia - 5:58.7
Penn - 6:01.7

Third Varsity Eight
Yale - Excluded
Columbia - +9.4
Yale - +17.6