HANOVER, N.H. — The Connecticut River was running fast Sunday afternoon, and so was the Columbia freshman lightweight eight. The Lions concluded their regular season with a 9-1 record after defeating two Dartmouth eights in the Subin Cup regatta. Columbia's varsity and second varsity were not as fortunate, falling to the Big Green.
"The freshman eight is the bright spot of this spring," head lightweight coach Scott Alwin said.
Columbia got off to a good start and took full advantage of the Connecticut's tail current, speeding to a 4.5 second win over Dartmouth's first freshmen. The Big Green second freshmen were much further back.
The Lion freshman lights, ranked fourth in the EARC going into the weekend, could be expected to move up in the rankings after posting three victories Saturday — Cornell, MIT, and Georgetown — and the two more at Dartmouth. Cornell was ranked second behind Princeton, the only crew to beat the Lion frosh this spring.
The varsity eight was hopeful of retaining the Subin Cup, only to see those hopes dashed early. Dartmouth wasted no time in jumping on to that tail current, leaving the Lions in their wake.
"We got off to a terrible start," Alwin lamented. "Dartmouth had just beaten Yale Saturday; there's no margin of error when you're facing a crew that good. We lost the race in the first 200 meters."
Indeed, with just one minute gone in the race, Dartmouth held nearly a full length lead. Columbia fought back several times, but never encroached on the Big Green lead. "We never rowed faster than the Dartmouth boat," Alwin noted.
Columbia's second varsity, by comparison, jumped off to a good start against the Bg Green second and third varsity eights. They had a competitive race until the third 500, when the home team pulled away.
"We lacked firepower to stay with them," Alwin explained.
The Subin Cup marked Columbia's final regular season race. They next row in the Eastern Sprints Sunday, May 15 on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass.
The three-week break, Alwin noted, "is good for us. It will give us three weeks to regroup." Columbia's varsity must finish no worse than seventh in the Sprints in order to advance to the National Lightweight Championship at the I.R.A. Regatta in June.
The Subin Cup
April 24, 2011
Connecticut River, Hanover, N.H.
1. Dartmouth, 5:29.8
2. Columbia, 5:39.4
Second Varsity Eights
1. Dartmouth, 5:37.1
2. Columbia, 5:51.5
3. Dartmouth 3V, 6:00.6
1. Columbia, 5:28.5
2. Dartmouth, 5:33.0
3. Dartmouth 2F, 5:53.3
Today's Boatings vs. Dartmouth
Stone Cao, cox; Daniel Kirrane, stroke; Bruno Salemme, 7; John O'Mara, 6; James Kahmann, 5; Tucker Haunt, 4; Matt Hayto, 3; Brian Nickel, 2; Graham Pupo, bow
Second Varsity Eight
Jesse Qualliotine, cox; James Brown, stroke; John Zucchi, 7; Blake Pinell, 6; Alexander Ciucci, 5; Noah Buckley, 4; Carlos Rodriguez Castillo, 3; Tim Reichmann, 2; Elliott Velson, bow
Amelia Kudenholdt, cox; Anders Smedsrud, stroke; Curtis Kachline, 7; Connor Dougherty, 6; Chris Hatzis, 5; John Hold, 4; Steven Boyle, 3; Roger Stone, 2; James Winford, bow