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Head coach Paul Rassam was optimistic before any oars hit Mercer Lake last weekend, partially because he believed in the talented trio of freshmen who had infused their talent and energy into the varsity boat.
After a third-place showing — in which Princeton was right there with reigning champion Stanford through 1500 meters — that optimism certainly seemed on point.
“There were nerves, but also confidence in the speed that we had been showing in practice, particularly in the last couple of weeks,” said Georgia Hellard Timm, one of the three freshmen in the V8. “Racing was cancelled on Saturday, but once the classically bad American weather had sorted itself out and we were finally able to race, we were raring to go.
“We were happy with the close racing of the final,” she added. “The competition is very strong this year, but Megan Mirabella‘s smooth voice kept us on task and we finished the regatta very much in the mix.”
Now Princeton will make its home debut against another improved squad, Georgetown. Though the Tigers have won each of the 14 meetings with the Hoyas in the Class of 2006 Cup rivalry, this Georgetown boat already has an impressive win over Radcliffe already this season.
“I’m pretty excited for us to lay down a thumping rhythm against Georgetown this weekend,” Hellard Timm said. “They looked strong at the Knecht Cup, and it’ll be some good racing. I’m incredibly proud to be a part of this team – there’s an excellent atmosphere and drive. I’m looking forward to tearing it up for the rest of the season.”
SATURDAY, APRIL 15 • RACE SCHEDULE
Princeton Heavyweight Men vs. Harvard and MIT
9:00 AM – Fifth Varsity
9:15 AM – Fourth Varsity
9:30 AM – Third Varsity
9:45 AM – Second Varsity
10:00 AM – First Varsity – Compton Cup
Princeton Lightweight Women vs. Georgetown
10:15 AM – First Varsity – Class of 2006 Cup
10:35 AM – Second Varsity