HANOVER, N.H. — In a regatta that took days to complete and actually held one race on each day, top-ranked Princeton remained undefeated and retained The Class of 1984 Plaque with Ivy League victories against both Penn and Dartmouth.
With waters on the Connecticut River predicted to be rough on Saturday morning, the three teams attempted to complete the full regatta Friday night. The third varsity eight and second varsity four were held, but the rough waters and steering troubles caused a crash between Penn and Princeton during a highly competitive varsity four race.
The rough waters and other factors left the remainder of the regatta to be held Saturday morning, and the waters were far calmer than predicted. Princeton swept the three NCAA format races, including a re-running of the varsity four.
The Princeton first varsity moved to 10-0 on the season and 6-0 in the Ivy League with an impressive win in 5:54.0, more than nine seconds faster than anybody in the field. Dartmouth took second in 6:03.5, while Penn placed third in 6:13.1.
The Tiger 2V also moved to 10-0 with equally impressive wins over its Ivy opponents. Princeton won the race in 6:03.2, while Dartmouth took second in 6:12.8 and Penn finished third in 6:13.4.
The varsity four was the most competitive of the Saturday races, though Princeton was able to produce more separation than it had during Friday’s race. The Tiger V4 improved to 7-3 on the season in 6:47.7, while Penn took second in 6:51.0.
Princeton picked up its pair of Friday wins in both the third varsity and second varsity four. The third varsity moved to 6-1 on the season in 5:59.4, nine seconds faster than Penn, while the V4B picked up its first win in 6:34.7, 1.5 seconds faster than Penn.