RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. -- The best things in life are those worth waiting for. Ever since losing their chance at the Dodge Cup to Yale two weeks ago, the Columbia lightweights have been waiting for another cup opportunity.
The race for the Geiger Cup, scheduled to be rowed yesterday among Cornell, Columbia and MIT, was postponed until the Eastern Sprints after MIT was unable to travel because of events surrounding the Boston Marathon tragedy. That left Sunday's Subin Cup regatta, between Columbia and Dartmouth, with Georgetown competing as a guest.
But the Big Green had won three straight Subin Cups since the last Columbia victory, in 2009, and figured to be a tough opponent for the Lions.
"I was very wary of Dartmouth," Columbia head lightweight coach Scott Alwin admitted. "They've rowed very tough races against both Harvard and Yale, [ranked as] the top two lightweight crew in the nation."
Columbia got off to a good start against both the Big Green and the Hoyas, moving out to the lead. The Lions opened up a comfortable margin over Dartmouth, as the trio of crews passed the halfway point.
The Dartmouth contingent in the crowd at the Overpeck Lake viewing platform let out a roar, however, when the Green made its move, sprinting for the lead. Would Columbia give up its margin?
Nope, explained Scott Alwin. The Lions were waiting for the right moment. "We were waiting," he said, "waiting until Dartmouth made its move. When Dartmouth made its sprint, then we started ours."
The "waiting" strategy worked perfectly. Columbia's sprint carried it ahead, all the way to the finish line, in 6:23.9. The Big Green was second, in 6:26.6, and Georgetown was third in 6:48.8.
Scott Alwin could finally relax. "There was not one point before the finish line when I was confident of a win," he noted.
Columbia won all but one event, finishing first in the second varsity eights, third varsity eights, and the varsity fours. Many of the boats performed better than they had Saturday, when illness caused several lineups to be changed.
The lightweights can look forward to next week off, although practice will continue apace. They resume competitive rowing in two weeks, on Saturday, May 4, when they meet Princeton and Delaware on the Tigers' Lake Carnegie.
The Subin Cup results:
The Subin Cup
Columbia vs. Dartmouth (Georgetown rowing as a guest)
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Overpeck Park, Ridgefield Park, N.J.
1. Columbia, 6:23.9
2. Dartmouth, 6:26.6
3. Georgetown, 6:48.8
Second Varsity Eights
1. Columbia, 6:43.2
2. Dartmouth, 6:59.2
3. Georgetown, 7:00.5
Third Varsity Eights
1. Columbia, 6:59.2
2. Dartmouth, 7:36.4
1. Dartmouth, 6:50.8
2. Georgetown, 6:59.5
3. Columbia, 7:02.1
1. Columbia 4V, 8:04.8
2. Georgetown 2F, 8:31.0
Stone Cao, cox; Anders Smedsrud, stroke; James Winford, 7; Fredrik Aasaaren, 6; Jacob Buczek, 5; John O'Mara, 4; John Zucchi, 3; Blake Pinell, 2; Steven Boyle, bow
Second Varsity Eight
Erica Cunningham, cox; Griffin Whitlock, stroke; Oliver Ingram, 7; Roger Stone, 6; Colin Ross, 5; Travis Simon, 4; Matt Bellesheim, 3; Ben Blair, 2; Connor Dougherty, bow
Third Varsity Eight
Marial Quezada, cox; Conor Murphy, stroke; Lane Brokaw, 7; Fletcher Sims, 6; Blake Pinell, 5; Daniel Puttmann, 4; Andrew Batholomew, 3; Colm Smith, 2; Max Segall, bow
Yih-Jen Ku, cox; Conor Murphy, stroke; Oliver Ingram, 7; Jacob Buczek, 6; Colin Ross, 5; Daniel Puttmann, 4; Andrew Batholomew, 3; Fletcher Sims, 2; Colm Smith, bow
Fourth Varsity Fours
Matt Coughlin, cox; Brian McGrattan, stroke; John Hold, 3; Thabet Mayani, 2; Darius Grayer, bow
Note: Several Columbia rowers competed in both the Third Varsity Eight and the Freshman/Novice Eight