HANOVER, N.H. – No. 7 Dartmouth heavyweight rowing raced on the Connecticut River for the first and only time this season, claiming the Atalanta Cup by defeating No. 9 Brown for the first time since April 26, 2003.
The Atalanta Cup is the oldest cup in American Intercollegiate Sport, having first been contested in 1857.
First up was the fourth varsity, a race that the Bears won by five seconds with their time of 5:29.3, being followed soon after by the Big Green in 5:29.3. Dartmouth was first in the third varsity (5:25.3), leaving plenty of space between it and Brown (5:30.5).
The second varsity was close; the Bears completed the 2000-meter course in 5:21.3, while the Big Green crossed the line less than two seconds later (5:23.2).
The cup was won by just nine-tenths of a second. Dartmouth rowed a 5:14.8 to defeat Brown for the first time in 14 years, while Brown finished with a time of 5:15.7.
In the final race of the day, the varsity four, the Bears entered an A and B boat that took first and second with times of 6:11.6 and 6:17.9. The Big Green followed in 6:23.6.
On Saturday, April 29, Dartmouth will head to New York to face Syracuse. After that, just the Eastern Sprints Regatta and the IRA Regatta remain on the schedule.