PENNSAUKEN, N.J. -- With weather conditions at Cooper River Park deteriorating from mild at the onset of racing, to wind-blasted as the day wore on, the Columbia women's crew fought strongly to earn gold and silver medals at the 2014 EAWRC Sprints Regatta. "It was a pretty good day [of racing]," head coach Scott Ramsey commented after his second varsity eight took first place and his varsity eight placed second. The 2V won its opening heat easily, its 6:52.246 beating Boston University by 10.5 seconds, with Boston College, Buffalo and MIT trailing. Although the course was being strafed by 20 mile per hour crossing tailwinds, the second varsity looked even better in the Grand Final. The Lions had a good start and took early control of the event, holding off both Northeastern and Boston College as they led from start to finish. "The second varsity had a fantastic day," Ramsey said. "There are a lot of young rowers in that boat, and they finally hit their stride." Columbia's varsity eight also looked good in winning its opening heat, edging Boston U. and Buffalo. The Lion 1V had been seeded first, with Northeastern second. But both crews were soon passed by Navy, which took the gold in 6:23.358. Columbia held off the Huskies for second, 6:28.321 to 6:32.058, as Georgetown took fourth. "We rowed well," Ramsey said. "We lost to a very good, very well-coached Navy crew." It marked the second year in a row the Lions medaled, having won gold in the grand final in 2013. The Lions will return to the Cooper River in two weeks for the Ivy League Championships on Sunday, May 18. The results:
EAWRC Sprints Regatta Sunday, May 4, 2014 Cooper River, Pennsauken, N.J.
Note: only the events in which Columbia participated are listed
Varsity Eights - Grand Final 1. Navy, 6:23.358 2. COLUMBIA, 6:28.321 (silver medal) 3. Northeastern, 6:32.058 4. Georgetown, 6:33.291 5. Boston University, 6:39.231 6. Boston College, 6:49.754