NEW YORK - Columbia’s lightweight rowing team will find out what its made right off the bat as they take on No. 4 Navy and No. 2 Princeton on Saturday to begin its spring season. The race against the Midshipmen will feature the return of the WIT (Whatever It Takes) Cup.
The WIT Cup was put into the rotation by the Class of '98 and was awarded to the winner of the varsity eight race featuring Columbia, Navy and Rutgers. The trophy has been out of commission since 2006 when the Scarlet Knights dropped its lightweight rowing program.
The Lions check in at No. 7 in the April 2 USRowing Collegiate Poll and will aim to build on an extremely successful 2012-13 campaign that saw a bronze medal at the IRA Nationals and an appearance at the Henley Royal Regatta.
Navy's varsity eight beat Yale by 4.5 seconds last weekend, but the Midshipmen were unable to claim any of the other three races as the Bulldogs claimed the award based on aggregate results.
Princeton cruised to a 23-second victory on Lake Carnegie last week to move up one spot in the national rankings. The winner of the Tigers and Midshipmen varsity eight race will take home the Murtaugh Cup.
SCHEDULE OF RACES11 a.m. - Fourth Varsity Eights
11:20 a.m. - Third Varsity Eights
11:40 a.m. - Second Varsity Eights
12 p.m. - Varsity Eights
12:30 p.m. - Fifth Varsity Eights