PRINCETON, N.J. - The Columbia heavyweight rowing team fell to Princeton and Penn in a trio of races Saturday morning on Lake Carnegie in the Childs Cup regatta. The Tigers retained the hardware for the ninth consecutive year.

In the varsity eight, Princeton surged in the second 500 meters and came away with an open-water victory. The Quakers and Lions jockeyed back-and-forth with second place. Penn pulled away at the halfway point and held off a late push from Columbia to earn runner-up honors.

"Penn had one of the best first 500's I've ever seen in regular season racing," said director of rowing and heavyweight head coach Scott Alwin. "They showed speed that we usually only see during championship events later in the year. Our crew had a solid start, but still found themselves down to Penn by open water. We raced tough, their moves were effective, and they were able to make up a lot of the margin that Penn had gained from their big start. Eventually, Princeton's horsepower proved to be the determining factor but they weren't able to just run away with the race. We finished third but had our smallest margin on Princeton in the last five years."

The Lions second varsity eight turned in a second-place finish, besting the Quakers by three seconds. Columbia's third varsity eight finished behind a pair of Princeton boats.

"We were within a length of Penn in both V8 and 2V today, which is exciting," Alwin stated. "It sets up a lot of motivation and anticipation for the next week of practices, in anticipation of next Saturday's home races for the Blackwell Cup."

Next up for the Lions is the aforementioned Blackwell Cup regatta, featuring Yale and a rematch with Penn on Saturday, April 21 at Overpeck Park.

Princeton - 6:03.9
Penn - 6:09.2
Columbia - 6:12.8

Princeton - 6:12.7
Columbia - 6:30.1
Penn - 6:33.1

Princeton 3V - 6:10.2
Princeton 4V - 6:13.5
Columbia - 6:36.1
Princeton 5V - 6:46.4