|Big Red at Henley Royal Regatta (Screen capture)|
This week's combo #TBT-Video Of The Week post comes to us thanks to Cornell Rowing, whose lightweights made their dynastic aspirations clear earlier this year with a second-straight undefeated season, culminating in an IRA title.
And, given their strong results at the Charles last weekend (a close fifth in the lightweight eight—just four seconds out of third place overall—and a win in the lightweight four), it seems like they're on pace to accomplish that mission.
The above video offers a look inside the Cornell Lightweight program during the 2014-2015 season, including their trip to Henley Royal Regatta, which saw them race well but ultimately lose their first race of the season in the semifinal of the Temple Challenge Cup to the eventual winners, Amsterdamsche Studenten Roeivereeniging Nereus, Holland.
For @TigerHeavies, @Tigerwcrew, @TigerLights & @tigerwlights, you can’t beat @HOCR weekend. http://t.co/LA4RUZyCKW pic.twitter.com/46Gf4Mls7k— Princeton Tigers (@PUTIGERS) October 16, 2015
Speaking of the Charles, 2015 marked another win (among collegiate lightweight crews) for the Princeton men—a perennial contender on the long course in the fall, but often unable to put it all together in the spring. In fact, looking all the way back to 2006, the Tigers have placed first among collegiate crews eight times in Boston (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015), and never worse than third in that group on the Charles. But that fall success has only translated to two IRA titles in that span (2009, 2010).
It's no small feat to win an IRA championship, and clearly, the competition is fierce at the top end of the lightweight field. The talent is there—so, will this year be a different story for Princeton?
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