PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Columbia women's crew couldn't have worked any harder in its tri-meet against Princeton and Virginia, but the young Lion squad was unable to cope with the speed, power and experience of the University of Virginia, the nation's third-ranked team, or Princeton, ranked seventh nationally.
    
Virginia won the varsity eights race in the competition on Lake Carnegie, and Princeton won the second varsity eights and varsity A fours, the only events Columbia entered.
    
"Princeton and Virginia rowed at a much higher level," head coach Scott Ramsey said. "We rowed hard, but we're young and still developing. We need to do a lot of work to be able to compete at the highest level."
    
The Lions finished third in all three events, by substantial margins in both eights races. However, they hung close to the lead in the varsity fours race.
    
For the second straight week, the varsity four drew the bulk of coach Ramsey's praise.
    
"They were a bright spot for us," he said. "They fought to win from start to finish."
    
He praised senior Sara Hyten, rowing stroke. "Sara did a good job stroking the four," he noted. "It was the best I've seen her row in three years." For the second straight week, he praised neophyte coxswain Allison Lavine, noting that she "steered a very good course,"
    
But Ramsey most wanted to talk about newcomer Linda Blanken.
    
"Linda had to step up when our two-seat in the four was injured this week. The race today was her first race ever, and she performed very well!"
    
Columbia travels to Boston next week for the 10th running of the Woodbury Cup, established in honor of the late Melanie Woodbury '96BC, who was killed in an auto accident in 2002.
    
The Cup, between the women's varsity crews of Columbia and Northeastern, has been won five times by the Huskies and four times by the Lions.
    
Today's results:

Columbia, Princeton, Virginia
April 5, 2014
Lake Carnegie, Princeton, N.J.

Varsity Eights
1. Virginia, 6:41.9
2. Princeton, 6:44.9
3. Columbia, 7:09.7

Second Varsity Eights
1. Princeton, 6:47.3
2. Virginia, 6:50.3
3. Columbia, 7:25.9

Varsity Fours A
1. Virginia, 7:51.8
2. Princeton, 8:03.1
3. Columbia, 8:12.5

Today's Boatings:

Varsity Eight
Aneesha Baliga, cox; Karli McMenamin, stroke; Lottie Galliano, 7; Madeline O'Brien, 6; Kellie Solowski, 5; Colleen Condon, 4; Jocelyn Bohn, 3; Giovanna Crozier-Fitzgerald, 2; Emerald Smith, bow

Second Varsity Eight
Erica Glaser, cox; Hayley Weil, stroke; India Knight, 7; Kaitlyn Loftus, 6; Maggie DeVlieger, 5; Carly Tashjian, 4; Maia Claman, 3; Hilary Going, 2; Alexandra Swift, bow
 
Varsity Four
Allison Lavine, cox; Sara Hyten, stroke; Emily Ball, 3; Linda Blanken, 2; Elena McGahey, bow