HANOVER, N.H.- The Dartmouth heavyweight men's crew team, racing in its first home race of the season, came in second place in the marquee varsity eight race in the battle for the Bill Cup on Saturday (April 14).

"The crews raced hard, and in that sense it was good racing, said head coach Topher Bordeau. "But the races were also productive in identifying clear ways for improvement in each crew. We'll hope to work on those areas over the next few weeks as our schedule enters a really demanding stretch, first at Brown and then out in Wisconsin."

The Big Green finished second to Bill Cup winner, Boston University, in each of the eights races and took third in the varsity four behind the Terrier crews.

The most exciting race of the afternoon was the freshman race. Both the Big Green and Terrier crews were within a seat of each other down the entire course, but with about 500 meters remaining Boston University erased a two-seat deficit to pull level and sprinted past the Big Green for a five-seat win with a time of 6:00.1. The Terriers were just 1.6 seconds ahead of Dartmouth, who finished with a time of 6:01.7. Rutgers was third.

In the varsity race, Dartmouth jumped out to an early lead of about six seats in the opening twenty strokes, but wasn't able to shift into an effect rhythm at base pace, and Boston walked through Dartmouth in the middle thousand and extended their margin in the final 500 meters. Boston University won the race with a time of 5:42.5. Dartmouth was a close second at 5:48.4 while Rutgers rounded out the competition with a time of 6:08.6.

The second varsity eight race was won by the Terriers in the middle thousand of the race, as Boston University slowly pulled away from the Big Green midway through the race. Boston University crossed the finish line with a time of 6:01.6 while Dartmouth was second with a time of 6:06.3. Rutgers took third with a time of 6:22.4.

Boston University made it a clean sweep with a win in the varsity four. The Terriers top boat crossed with a time of 7:00.7, ahead of its second boat by 3.7 seconds. Dartmouth finished with a time of 7:13.1.

The Big Green is next in action on April 21 when they travel to Brown to take on the Bears for the Atalanta Cup.

First Varsity Eight

1. Boston University - 5:42.5
2. Dartmouth - 5:48.4
3.  Rutgers - 6:08.6

Second Varsity Eight
1. Boston University - 6:01.6
2. Dartmouth - 6:06.3
3.  Rutgers - 6:22.4

Varsity Four
1. Boston University A - 7:00.7
2. Boston University B - 7:03.7
3.  Dartmouth - 7:13.1

Freshmen Eight
1. Boston University - 6:00.1
2. Dartmouth - 6:01.7
3.  Rutgers - 6:26.6

Dartmouth Lineups
First Varsity 8 +:
Cox: Ellie Levey Stroke: Matthew Gallira, 7-Quinn Harper, 6-Tyler Maoney, 5-Hunter Dray, 4-John Strizich, 3-EJ Miller, 2-Joseph Polwreck, 1-Brendan Stoner

Second Varsity 8+: Cox: Reilly Bertasi, Stroke: Nate Kania, 7-Jack Heise, 6-Jesse Reisner, 5-Graeme Calloway, 4-Ryan Ganong, 3-Matt Oatway, 2-Michael Odokara-Okigbo, 1-Brendan Stoner

Freshman 8+: Cox: Alexander Steele, Stroke: Andrew Kenealy, 7-Robert Truesdale, 6- Stuart Maeder, 5- Richard Newsome-White, 4-Henry Franco, 3-Bryan Rogers, 2- Maximilian Kinne, 1- Paul Champeau

Third Varsity 4+: Cox: Kristy Abo, Stroke- Sam Seehof, 3-Tim Brown 2-James Reed, 1-Max Goldberg