NEW YORK – The Columbia heavyweight rowing team is back in action Saturday, April 7, at the Childs Cup Regatta against Penn and Princeton on Lake Carnegie. The Lions will be in search of its third consecutive trophy after claiming the Collins and Alumni Cups in the previous two varsity eight races.

WHAT’S ON THE LINE
The Childs Cup was first awarded in 1879 and Saturday will mark the 107th time the Lions, Tigers and Quakers will vie for the trophy. Princeton is riding an eight-race winning streak and has been victorious 50 times overall. Penn has hoisted the Cup 44 times, but not since 1993. Columbia’s last win came in 2009 on Lake Carnegie and have captured the hardware 12 times previously.

COLUMBIA’S STATUS
Columbia jumped up two spots to the No. 15 ranking in the USRowing Coaches Poll this week. The Lions finished second out of four crews in the varsity eight, placing behind Dartmouth, but ahead of MIT to secure the Alumni Cup.

PENN’S STATUS
The Quakers had last weekend off after competing at the San Diego Crew Classic from Mar. 23-25. Penn, who check in at No. 14, placed fifth out of six boats in the Copley Cup at the regatta and also competed in a pair of dual races, falling to Northeastern and Cal.

PRINCETON’S STATUS
The No. 5 Tigers are a combined 14-0 in all races this spring, including a 5-0 mark against Navy last weekend. Princeton’s varsity eight came away with a dominant 10-second victory over the Midshipmen.

SATURDAY’S RACING SCHEDULE
8:15 a.m. – Fourth/Fifth Varsity Eight
8:30 a.m. – Third Varsity Eight
8:45 a.m. – Second Varsity Eight
9 a.m. – Varsity Eight

PROJECTED BOATINGS
Varsity Eight

Coxswain: Mihir Gulati, Stroke: Will Taylor, 7: Matt Ryan, 6: Alex Hedge, 5: John Tanguay, 4: Ryan Lee, 3: Kyle Fram, 2: Joe Starc, Bow: Tom Mortimer

Second Varsity Eight
Coxswain: Caroline Hurley, Stroke: Ian Low, 7: Maxim Zwarcyz, 6: Nick Edwards, 5: Frank Baring, 4: Will Randolph, 3: Sean Aral, 2: Noah Ross, Bow: Ivan Perdomo

Third Varsity Eight
Coxswain: Claire Hall-Tipping, Stroke: John Sluis, 7: Chris Magnani, 6: Alex Kutner, 5: Andrew Sizemore, 4: Will Ryan, 3: Kirill Buskirk, 2: Niko Savas, Bow: Riley Marsh