Women shine, men fall in crew’s home races against Cornell
All three crew teams returned to Hanover this weekend, with the women seeing success and the men’s heavyweight and lightweight teams dropping all their races. The women beat Cornell University and the University of Central Florida for the Parents’ Cup, winning three out of the five events. The heavyweight men fell to Cornell in all four races. In the Baggaley Bowl, the lightweight men lost all three races to the Big Red as well.

“We had some of our best racing of the season on Saturday,” women’s team captain Anna Harty ’14 said. “It was our only home race of the season, and it was exciting to see the crowd who came out to support us.” The Big Green and the Big Red varsity eight teams were neck-and-neck for the first two-thirds of the race, but the Dartmouth women pulled away for the win, finishing two seconds clear of Cornell and 24 ahead of the Knights. In the second race, Dartmouth triumphed again, and the varsity four also earned a win. The final two events were the only two to elude Dartmouth this weekend. The Big Green did not field a third varsity eight boat, and its varsity four B team finished six seconds behind Cornell for second place. The weekend, Harty said, was a boost of confidence as the team prepares for the Ivy Championships in two weeks. “We were able to put together the best start and finishing sprint we’ve had all year and it was enough to come out ahead,” Harty said. The heavyweight men’s team dropped all four races to the Big Red this weekend. The first varsity eight and the third varsity eight fell by about nine seconds to Cornell, while the fourth varsity eight ended up 4.6 seconds behind. The closest Dartmouth came to beating the Big Red was in the second varsity eight, where it finished just 1.4 seconds after Cornell. The men’s lightweight crew team lost all three races against Cornell for the Baggaley Bowl. In the first varsity eight, the Big Red won by 10 seconds. In the second varsity eight, Cornell’s first freshman boat beat its own second varsity boat by 4.6 seconds and Dartmouth’s by about eight. “Cornell is definitely the class of the [Ivy] League and they showed it on Saturday,” lightweight captain Sam Morris said. “I think we rowed the best race we could have rowed on that day, and now we know exactly how our best compares with the fastest boat out there.” In the third varsity eight, Cornell crushed the Big Green 5:40.6 to 6:05.0. “Knowing that we have much more room for improvement than most crews at this point in the season, I am confident that over the next two weeks we’ll make the necessary strides to surprise some folks at [Eastern] Sprints,” Morris said. The men’s heavyweight crew team, the only team with races left before the final championships, will face Syracuse University for the Packard Cup next weekend. In two weeks, women’s crew will compete in the Ivy League Championships while heavyweight men’s crew and men’s lightweight crew will race in the Eastern Sprints, the EARC conference championship. The article has been revised to reflect the following correction: Correction appended: May 6, 2014  The men's heavyweight team's fourth varsity eight boat finished 4.6 seconds behind Cornell's. The team did not race a four-person boat.
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