Rowing 'Twinbill' Gives Lightweights Opportunity to Regroup

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The veteran Brian Nickel rowed in the first varsity eight both morning and afternoon.
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

PRINCETON, N.J. — Dejected after a sub-par Saturday morning showing against Princeton and Georgetown, the Columbia lightweights took full advantage of their meet with Delaware in Princeton later that afternoon.
   
Although they failed to win either varsity race against the Blue Hens, who had defeated Penn in Philadelphia in the morning, they considerably heartened both the rowers and head coach Scott Alwin.
   
"This was such a valuable day," Alwin noted after the full day of rowing had drawn to a close. "We showed we were able to rebound after a bad performance, which we had in the morning.
   
"This was a valuable day to race two times. We were able to identify a number of things to work on."
   
Columbia's freshman rowers took that concept one step further. The most successful Columbia boat in the morning session, the freshmen won their afternoon race against Delaware.
   
"They continue to improve," Alwin said. "In the afternoon, they were able to identify the things they want to work on."
   
The Lion frosh were the only rowers to break up the 1-2 finishes of Princeton and Georgetown. They beat out Georgetown in the freshman eights and came within five seconds of powerful Princeton.
   
Against Delaware, Columbia led most of the way on the 2000-meter Lake Carnegie course, holding on to win by 2.8 seconds, or slightly more than half a boat length.
   
"We had a pretty good row," Alwin said. "We were aggressive, and led most of the way. We had a couple of good moves to extend our lead, and then to extend it again."
   
The varsity eight also powered a couple of good moves against Delaware. "We could have come back to win," the coach said. "Twice we had good moves, but we couldn't keep the moves going."
   
The second varsity lost to Delaware's second and third varsity eights, largely due to having to replace its No. 7 oarsman. He persevered in the morning while fighting a bad cold, but was unable to continue in the afternoon. That necessitated Alwin and his staff shuffling rowers in the eight in order to get some semblance of productivity. Unfortunately, it didn't make the 2V faster.
   
The morning races in the Fosburgh Cup against Princeton and Georgetown were not productive. The varsity eight finished three lengths behind the Tigers, and 2.5 lengths in back of the Hoyas.
   
"The varsity eight underperformed, and they agreed," Alwin recalled. "They are capable of more speed. They did not focus on the things they needed to."
   
Columbia had actually stayed even with Georgetown through the first 750 meters of the race, but fell behind in the latter part of the second 500.
   
After the thousand-meter mark, the coach said, "we took a move to get even with them. But it didn't work, and that was very dispiriting for our guys. They were down after that."
   
Columbia travels to scenic Annapolis next Saturday for a meeting with Navy on the oft-tempestuous Severn River. The first race is expected to begin about 6:30 a.m.
   
Today's results:

The Fosburgh Cup
Princeton vs. Georgetown, Columbia rowing as a guest
April 2, 2011
Lake Carnegie, Princeton, N.J.

Varsity Eights

1. Princeton, 5:58.7
2. Georgetown, 6:02.5
3. Columbia, 6:12.2

Second Varsity Eights
1. Princeton 2V, 6:09.4
2. Princeton 3V, 6:22.2
3. Georgetown, 6:27.4
4. Columbia, 6:30.5

Freshman Eights
1. Princeton, 6:09.9
2. Columbia, 6:14.9
3. Georgetown, 6:20.3
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Columbia vs. Delaware
April 2, 2011
Lake Carnegie, Princeton, N.J.

Varsity Eights

1. Delaware, 6:25.4
2. Columbia, 6:27.5

Second Varsity Eights
1. Delaware 2V, 6:47.5
2. Delaware 3V, 6:53.0
3. Columbia, 7:07.5

Freshman Eights
1. Columbia, 6:26.6
2. Delaware, 6:29.4
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Today's Boatings vs. Princeton & Georgetown:

Varsity Eight
Jesse Qualliotine, cox; Daniel Kirrane, stroke; Bruno Salemme, 7; John O'Mara, 6; Matt Hayto, 5; Brian Nickel, 4; James Kahmann, 3; Tucker Haunt, 2; Graham Pupo, bow

Second Varsity Eight
Stone Cao, cox; Blake Pinell, stroke; John Zucchi, 7; James Brown, 6; Xander Ciucci, 5; Noah Buckley, 4; Carlos Rodriguez, 3; Tim Reichmann, 2; Elliott Velson, bow

Freshman Eight
Amelia Kudenholdt, cox; Anders Smedsrud, stroke; Curtis Kachline, 7; Connor Dougherty, 6; Chris Hatzis, 5; John Hold, 4; Roger Stone, 3; Elliot Meade, 2; James Winford, bow
   
Today's Boatings vs. Delaware:

Varsity Eight
Jesse Qualliotine, cox; Daniel Kirrane, stroke; Bruno Salemme, 7; John O'Mara, 6; Matt Hayto, 5; Brian Nickel, 4; James Kahmann, 3; Tucker Haunt, 2; Graham Pupo, bow

Second Varsity Eight
Stone Cao, cox; Blake Pinell, stroke; Noah Buckley, 7; James Brown, 6; Xander Ciucci, 5; Noah Buckley, 4; Elliot Meade, 3; Tim Reichmann, 2; Elliott Velson, bow

Freshman Eight
Amelia Kudenholdt, cox; Anders Smedsrud, stroke; Curtis Kachline, 7; Connor Dougherty, 6; Chris Hatzis, 5; John Hold, 4; Roger Stone, 3; Elliot Meade, 2; James Winford, bow

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