CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Dartmouth heavyweight rowing team traveled to Cambridge, Massachusetts on Saturday to participate in the annual Alumni Cup, hosted by MIT this year, also racing against Columbia and Holy Cross. The Big Green crews swept the morning's race, taking first in the first varsity, second varsity and third varsity events. Dartmouth's fourth varsity entry also raced in the 3V event, besting all the other program's third varsity crews.
The Big Green’s varsity eight (6:13.35) finished a length of open water ahead of Columbia (6:19.5) as the Lions came in second with MIT and Holy Cross further back. In the second varsity, Dartmouth finished first with a decisive margin (6:15.6), nearly 12 seconds ahead of second-place Columbia (6:27.5). Dartmouth had two boats in the third varsity race, as the third varsity was joined by the fourth varsity eight boat to represent the green and white, both boats finishing in first (6:29.6) and second (6:34.8) respectively, while Columbia came in third (6:38.5).
"It was nice to open our league racing with a solid team performance," said the Betsy and Mark Gates 1959 Head Coach of Heavyweight Rowing Wyatt Allen. "I was particularly impressed with the performance of our 2V and 4V crews. While it is always good to get a "W" against good crews, I didn't think our top line-up raced to their potential. We have a lot of work to do this week in preparation to face a very good Yale crew next weekend in Derby."
Next weekend the Big Green continue their season in Derby, Connecticut to take on Yale in the Olympic Axe.