TEANECK, N.J. – Dartmouth heavyweight rowing opened its 2017 spring racing campaign with a clean sweep of its races against Columbia at Overpeck Park on Saturday morning.
Five races (three varsity eights, two varsity fours) were scheduled to be raced, but the fours were cancelled due to worsening weather.
“I thought all of our boats did a great job handling very tough conditions on the race course and last-minute lineup changes due to injury,” head coach Wyatt Allen said. “It was a good team performance top to bottom. That being said, we have lots of opportunities for improvement, which will certainly be our focus for the next week as we prepare for a tough dual race versus Yale.”
Against Columbia, Dartmouth’s varsity eight finished in clear water (6:51.5), finishing comfortably ahead of the Lions (6:58.3). The Big Green’s second varsity completed the 2,000-meter course in 6:47.4, leaving almost 10 full seconds between them and the competition (6:57.1). The third varsity finished in 7:11.5, leaving Columbia far behind (7:32.1).
The Big Green continued their dominance against the Crusaders later that morning, winning both races. In the varsity eight, Dartmouth rowed an almost identical time as earlier (6:58.1), leaving over 30 seconds of clear water behind it. Both the second (7:15.8) and third varsity (7:38.3) competed against Holy Cross (8:16.9), finishing well ahead of the Crusaders.
Next Saturday, Dartmouth will head to Derby, Connecticut, to face Yale in the Olympic Axe.