SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The No. 6 Dartmouth heavyweight rowing team completed its regular season on Saturday morning against No. 7 Syracuse on the Onondaga Lake Outlet. The Big Green swept the Orange in all four races, winning the Packard Cup for the fourth time in five years.
“We were happy with the way our team, from top to bottom, approached the racing today,” head coach Wyatt Allen said. “Syracuse is a talented and well-coached team, so it was great to see our guys rise to the challenge. Our racing has been extremely close this year. We need to make sure we continue improving over the next two weeks as we build toward Sprints.”
Dartmouth started the day off by winning the cup in the first varsity eight. Syracuse trailed from the start of the race and attempted to make up ground throughout the final 1,000-meters, but every comeback fell short. The Big Green completed the course in 5:58.6 and were followed two seconds later by the Orange in 6:01.2
It was much the same in the second varsity, as Dartmouth got off to a fast start and stayed ahead the entire time. The Big Green finished in 6:02.0, leaving plenty of space between them and the home team (6:06.5). In the third varsity, Dartmouth clocked a 6:00.4, finishing exactly five seconds ahead of Syracuse (6:05.4).
To end the morning, both of the Big Green's varsity fours finished ahead of the Orange. Dartmouth's A crew led the way in 6:46.4 and was followed by the B boat in 6:57.3. Syracuse crossed the line four seconds later with its time of 7:01.8.
The Big Green will look to carry their success this spring into the postseason. Dartmouth will have two weeks off to prepare for the Eastern Sprints Regatta, which will be held from May 12-14 on Lake Quinsigamond.