Monday, April 30, 2012

Video of the Week: The Content Cup – Princeton v. Brown



This week's video comes to us, once again, from Princeton, and features the Tiger heavyweight men taking on the Brown Bears. The race begins as a closely fought match between two perennial contenders in the Sprints/IRA field, but Brown shows new speed in the second half of the race, pulling away steadily in the headwind to take the Content Cup. The video is also a contrast in styles–two very different technical approaches at work, made more obvious by their juxtaposition. The result raises a few questions about the Sprints field as we approach championship season, as Princeton raced Harvard to a similar margin in the varsity eight in Boston, while Yale defeated Brown in an early season match-up in very rough conditions in Derby.

In other weekend racing, No. 3 Michigan swept Harvard and Clemson in the NCAA events, winning the 1V, 2V and V4 events ahead of the Crimson and the Tigers, respectively. Texas managed to take the Big 12 Championship again this year, holding off Oklahoma in the points 105-104 to earn the team trophy, despite the Sooners winning the varsity eight event. In southern California, the traditional rivalry race between UCLA and USC saw the Bruins win three of five, falling in the 1V to No. 5 USC by just 2.6 seconds, while dominating the frosh and 2V8s.

The Big Row in honor of Jill Costello took place over the weekend, pitting Cal against Stanford in their traditional rivalry race at Redwood Shores. Video footage of the 2012 Big Row to be posted tomorrow.

Also still to come: 2012 WIRAs Recap and Review, and the U.S. Men's Eight for the Lucerne Olympic Qualifier to be announced later today.

-RR

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