Video: Columbia Varsity Eight vs. Princeton and Georgetown

Video: Columbia Varsity Eight vs. Delaware

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Scott Alwin loves the two-race day. Not only does it give his crews two rowing opportunities in one day, but it also provides the chance for a rebound if the morning's row did not go that well.
And that's what transpired Saturday. Columbia admittedly struggled in the morning against Princeton and Georgetown, but took advantage of their afternoon opportunity and rebounded with a solid varsity showing against Delaware.
Delaware had beaten the Lion varsity last season, but Columbia would have none of that this time. The Lions got off the line well, going up by a seat. They still held a precarious lead going into the second 500 meters, but were able to open it up slightly.
"There was no single decisive move," Alwin said, "but we were moving faster than [we had] in the body of the race."
The second 500 was to be Columbia's shining moment. Suddenly, the Lions began to pull away, rowing not only smoothly, but productively.
Columbia sped across the finish line almost two full boat lengths in front, in 6:13.79, to Delaware's 6:21.54. "They were angry that they had lost to Princeton in the morning," Alwin said. "They wanted to make up for it."
The second varsity eight also defeated the Blue Hens, by 10 seconds. They, too, struck early, going up four full seats before the settle after the opening sprint.
After 750 meters of the 2000-meter race on Lake Carnegie, Columbia had established an open-water margin on Delaware, but they were hardly ready to rest. Instead, they kept extending their lead.
Senior oarsman Graham Pupo, rowing in the stroke seat, liked  what he and his teammates were doing.
"They were taking big bites of water," he recalled, "with every stroke."
Both the freshman eight and the 2F/3V four showed improvement over the morning;s rowing, but were unable to beat the Blue Hens.
The Lions were unable to notch a win in the morning row, as guests in the Fosburgh Cup regatta between Princeton and Georgetown. Georgetown swept the varsity eights, surprising the Tigers, and the varsity fours, while Princeton won the second varsity eights.
Scott Alwin shook his head while discussing the varsity eights race for the cup.
True, Columbia had fallen back in the first 50, but that was planned. In the second 500, where Alwin was looking for the Lions to make a move, they inexplicably slowed down, as the Tigers and Hoyas sped up.
Down almost a full length halfway through the race, Columbia again hit its stride, but could not make up the ground. Despite a fierce headwind, Georgetown won the race in 6:17.9, three seconds in front of Princeton. Columbia was just three seconds behind the Tigers.
The second varsity rowed what Alwin called "a pretty good race". The Lions outdistanced Georgetown, and were gaining on Princeton when their lack of fitness -- they've been hurt by illness and injury -- took its toll.
The freshman eight also rowed well, but was handicapped by the strong headwind and choppy water.
Next week, Columbia hosts Navy at a new rowing course, Overpeck County Park in Leonia, New Jersey, not far from the George Washington Bridge. Directions to the course will be published during the week.
Today's results:

The Fosburgh Cup
Princeton vs. Georgetown, Columbia rowing as a guest
March 31, 2012
Lake Carnegie, Princeton, N.J.

Varsity Eights

1. Georgetown, 6:17.9
2. Princeton, 6:20.9
3. Columbia, 6:24.7

Second Varsity Eights

1. Princeton, 6:29.0
2. Columbia, 6:35.4
3. Georgetown, 6:44.3

Freshman Eights
1. Princeton, 6:32.0
2. Georgetown, 6:43.7
3. Columbia, 6:45.7

Varsity Fours
1. Georgetown, 8:18.0
2. Columbia, 8:19.8
Columbia vs. Delaware
March 31, 2012
Lake Carnegie, Princeton, N.J.

Varsity Eights

1. Columbia, 6:13.79
2. Delaware, 6:21.54

Second Varsity Eights
1. Columbia, 6:26.95
2. Delaware, 6:37.06

Freshman Eights

1. Delaware, 6:31.15
2. Columbia, 6:33.78

3V/2F Fours
1. Delaware, 7:58.58
2. Columbia, 8:10.25
Today's Boatings:

Varsity Eight
Amelia Kudenholdt, cox; Daniel Kirrane, stroke; Bruno Salemme, 7; John O'Mara, 6; James Kahmann, 5; John Hold, 4; Curtis Kachline, 3; Noah Buckley, 2; James Winford, bow

Second Varsity Eight
Stone Cao and Erica Cunningham, cox; Roger Stone, stroke; Graham Pupo, 7; Blake Pinell, 6; Lane Brokaw, 5; Anders Smedsrud, 4; John Zucchi, 3; Connor Dougherty, 2; Chris Hatzis, bow

Third Varsity Eight
Marial Quezada, cox; Chris Hatzis, stroke; Jason Chin, 7; Carlos Rodriguez Castillo, 6; Moyo Ajayi, 5; Max Esteves, 4; Brian McGrattan, 3; Darius Grayer, 2; Thabet Mahayni, bow

Varsity Four A

Stone Cao, cox; Carlos Rodriguez Castillo, stroke; Mojo Ajayi, 3; Darius Grayer, 2; Jason Chin, bow