The third-ranked Princeton women’s lightweight rowing team made a strong statement in its 2017 home opener, retaining the Class of 2006 Cup and winning a pair of races against an improved Georgetown squad.
The varsity eight took care of business early, grabbing an early lead over Georgetown and never letting the Hoyas draw even during the race. One week after standing strong against the nation’s best teams in the Knecht Cup, Princeton won in 6:32.2, six seconds faster than Georgetown.
“We were satisfied with our performance this morning,” sophomore Grace Miles said. “Georgetown is a competitive program and we knew from Knecht that they were going to charge early on and were prepared for that. We were happy with the time we posted but also are focused into this coming week to pick up some more speed going into our Radcliffe duel and Eastern Sprints.
“I would say we have strong team confidence and cohesion right now,” Miles added. “Last year had its challenges, but this year the team is really self-assured in ourselves and the goals that we want to achieve. It was great to see both our 2V 4s beat Georgetown and our 3V 4s in the mix today as well.”
Head coach Paul Rassam, who believed his boat was ready to take a big leap this season, was especially happy to get this one because of his respect for the league this season.
“It was good to get the win,” Rassam said. “There are no easy weekends in our league, everyone is quick this year and Georgetown is vastly improved from last year, as are we. Both crews put in fast times. It was great to see our team strength in the 2V event. Our fours did a really solid job out there.”
Princeton faces two very important weekends coming up, starting next Saturday on the Charles River against Radcliffe. Following that race, Princeton heads to Lake Quinsigamond to compete at Eastern Sprints.
“Myself and the whole team are very excited for our Radcliffe duel and Eastern Sprints,” Miles said. “These races have been in our sights for a long time and we are focused on going out there and bringing home some hardware.”