LEONIA, N.J. -- After losing two cup races by close margins, the Columbia lightweights were hungering for a cup victory. They netted it Sunday when they downed Dartmouth for the Subin Cup, sweeping all four races against the Big Green.
The victory concluded Columbia's cup season with its second cup victory. The Lions captured the WIT Cup vs. Navy and Princeton in their first northern race of the spring.
In posting its sweep, Columbia took advantage of a Dartmouth team that had missed out on much training due to the arduous winter that left the Connecticut River frozen for most of March and early April.
"Dartmouth is a good program. They have very talented oarsmen," Lion had coach Nich Lee Parker noted, "but they haven't been on the water that long."
The regatta began with the varsity eights race for the Cup, which saw Columbia get off to a good start and quickly move into the lead. "The race went well," Parker said. "We were able to extend our lead for most of the race."
The second varsity eights event saw Dartmouth get the quickest start. The Big Green moved into the lead, but was able to hold it only until Columbia got into its base rhythm. "Once we got into our base," Parker said, "we took over the lead."
Utilizing a different lineup than they had employed the previous day, the third varsity eight rowed very well, winning by a large margin. The Lion entry in the fourth varsity fours contrasted greatly with its effort against Cornell and MIT the previous day. "The four showed much better execution," the coach said, "and came away with a win."
The sweep enabled Columbia to retain the Subin Cup for the second year. Dartmouth had won three in a row from 2010 to 2012.
Columbia will take next weekend off and return to Overpeck Park Saturday, May 3, when it hosts Princeton and Delaware.
"Our Cup season is over," Parker noted. "After the Princeton-Delaware races, it will be off to the Sprints!"
The Subin Cup
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Overpeck Lake, Leonia, N.J.
1. Columbia, 6:26.3
2. Dartmouth, 6:35.5
Second Varsity Eights
1. Columbia, 6:29.3
2. Dartmouth, 6:43.8
Third Varsity Eights
1. Columbia, 6:41.4
2. Dartmouth, 7:24.1
Fourth Varsity Fours
1. Columbia, 7:42.2
2. Dartmouth, 8:07.6
Erica Cunningham, cox; Griffin Whitlock, stroke; Petros Krommidas, 7; Fredrik Aasaaren, 6; Jacob Buczek, 5; Matt Bellesheim, 4; David Mottola, 3; Connor Dougherty, 2; James Winford, bow
Second Varsity Eight
Yih-Jen Ku, cox; Anders Smedsrud, stroke; Ben Blair, 7; Colin Ross, 6; Max Fenner, 5; Oliver Gruterich, 4; Lane Brokaw, 3; Oliver Ingram, 2; Steven Boyle, bow
Third Varsity Eight
Darius Grayer, bow; A. Bartholomew, stroke; Conor Murphy, 7; Bryan Ptucha, 6; Chris Hatzis, 5; Daniel Puttman, 4; Warner Brown, 3; Travis Simon, 2; Noah Rivkin, bow
Fourth Varsity Four
Julia Groh, bow; John Hold, stroke; Brian McGrattan, 3; Max Segall, 2; Colm Smith, bow