OVERPECK PARK, N.Y. – No. 10 Dartmouth lightweight rowing competed in its second race of the weekend when it faced No. 7 Columbia at the Subin Cup on Sunday. No. 12 Mercyhurst rowed as a guest.
In the third varsity race, both boats battled through a 10-12 mph headwind. The first quarter of the race was very competitive, with boats trading positions several times. The Columbia crew was able to make a move around 800, which proved significant. Dartmouth countered with an effective move of its own around the halfway mark. The Lions were able to add to their margin in their last 700-meters and Dartmouth finished second with a time of 6:54.1.
Dartmouth's second varsity got off the start in the choppy water, as conditions had worsened, but only slightly. Columbia proved to have an edge early and moved away from the Big Green crew a bit each 500. The Dartmouth crew was able to push Mercyhurst away, and split the margin between the other crews. The Big Green made productive moves throughout the race to quell the Laker extension, but couldn't quite measure against the pace of Columbia, finishing second with a time of 6:47.2.
Dartmouth, Columbia and Mercyhurst began the third varsity well, with all three crews seemingly even through the first minute. The Big Green and the Lions began to pull away from the Lakers by 500-meters, and began trading bow balls for the next 700-meters. By 1100-meters, Dartmouth pushed out to a two-seat lead over Columbia, but the Lions would not go away and began marching back by 1250. The Dartmouth crew (6:29.0) couldn't match Columbia's surge, and eventually fell to the Lions (6:22.0).
On Saturday, April 29, Dartmouth will head to Ithaca to face Cornell at the Baggaley Bowl. This will be the Big Green's final race before the Eastern Sprints Regatta on May 14.