Princeton Lightweight Women Dominant Thus Far
|The Princeton LWT V8 racing at Redwood Shores (Photo: © Jim Sykora)|
Most recently, the Tigers took on crews from Bucknell and MIT (ranked 6th and 7th in the US, respectively), and again took control early, crossing the line some 16 seconds in front of second place Bucknell, and 40 seconds in front of MIT. Given all this, it's no wonder that the Princeton Lightweight Women have found themselves, like their Openweight counterparts, as well as the Tiger Lightweight Men, atop the USRowing coaches' poll. Stanford is currently ranked no. 2, with Wisconsin coming in at no. 3.
The Tiger Lights have their next challenge coming up this weekend, when they will travel to Boston to face a 4-1 Radcliffe squad (No. 4 Radcliffe's only loss coming to Stanford last weekend on the Charles) for the Class of 1999 Cup. Princeton currently leads the series 9-2, though Radcliffe defeated Princeton in 2009. The Black and White will face a Tiger Varsity 8 that has not posted a margin of victory smaller than 10 seconds so far this Spring (for a full preview from the Harvard Athletics website, click here).
Following their match-up against rival Radcliffe, the Tigers will return to Princeton to face 5th ranked Georgetown on April 30th.
With roughly six weeks to go before IRAs, the Tigers appear to be in a very good place, though they'll need to continue to build speed as crews like Wisconsin, only recently back on the water, will undoubtedly improve as the Spring progresses. Senior captains Lauren Sykora and Emma Bedard will be conscious of this, and Head Coach Paul Rassam will have the Tigers on track going into Championship season next month.
For more information, visit the official website of the Tiger Lights.