LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Dartmouth heavyweight rowing team opened its spring season at the Las Vegas Invitational over the weekend, taking on Washington, Oregon State and Santa Clara.
In the Saturday morning races, Dartmouth faced the Huskies, last year’s winner of the National Championship team points trophy. Racing in a 20+ mile per hour headwind, the Big Green varsity eight finished 12.6 seconds behind their counterparts from Washington. In the 2nd varsity eight, the Big Green were overpowered and out-skilled in the tough conditions to finish over 30 seconds back to the Huskies.
Saturday afternoon’s racing was cancelled due to conditions, so Dartmouth raced both Oregon State and Santa Clara in a three boat race Sunday morning. The Big Green won in both the Varsity Eight and 2nd Varsity Eight races, finishing 10.5 seconds ahead of Oregon State in the 1V and 7 seconds ahead of Oregon State in the 2V. Santa Clara finished third in both events.
“Clearly, neither of our crews executed the way we wanted to against two talented crews from Washington," said The Betsy and Mark Gates 1959 Head Coach of Men's Heavywieght Crew Wyatt Allen. "The positive is that the group was able to identify several weaknesses, and then begin the process of addressing these areas the next morning in our racing against Oregon State and Santa Clara. We’ve gained racing experience and exposure nearly a month earlier than we have past years, and it’s critical that we stay focused on getting better each week from here.”
Dartmouth now has three weeks off before returning to the water in the last weekend of March in Boston facing Columbia, Holy Cross and MIT.