Hamrick

No. 3 Princeton retained the Class of 1987 Trophy by defeating No. 6 Ohio State and No. 13 Brown on Saturday.

"It's great to finally be racing again, and this particular match-up is an exciting one to open up with," senior Molly Hamrick said. "We can always expect Brown to be a fierce competitor and we knew Ohio State would be a fast addition to the annual event. It's a privilege to have the opportunity to race such great crews and we're excited to keep working hard and see how the season progresses."

Princeton open first varsity defeated Ohio State by more than three seconds. The Tigers claimed their sixth consecutive Class of 1987 Trophy against Brown by 3.8 seconds; they have now won 18 of the 27 competitions, including 10 of the last 11.

"Our plan was to focus on each aspect of the race, one step at a time," head coach Lori Dauphiny said. "There were some shaky points, but they pulled it off. It was a very tight race, and both Ohio State and Brown moved in on us, but we responded, which was nice to see. Both of those programs are very strong and it was a great race to start the season."

Each of the three squads won one of the three national championship format races. The Ohio State second varsity, which took second at the 2012 NCAA championships, topped Princeton by more than five seconds in 6:51.4, while the Tigers finished in 6:56.5 to defeat Brown by more than 13 seconds.

"We had a good race, and Ohio State was clearly the stronger crew in the middle of the race," Dauphiny said of the 2V competition. "I thought it was a good race. It was what I expected, and they need to keep working, just like everybody else."

Brown had an impressive showing in the fours, topping 2012 NCAA V4 champion Ohio State in 7:52.9. Princeton put up a good performance against the Buckeyes, finishing in 7:58.9 to fall just a second short of Ohio State for second.

Princeton won both the third varsity (7:10.7) and B4 races (7:50.5) to open the morning competition on Lake Carnegie.

"We had mixed results, but I thought it was a good opener," she said. "We had close racing, which was good for experience. We are still a work in progress throughout the program, so I don’t put too much emphasis on any single result."

"It was amazing to get back out there for our 'last-first' race as seniors and our very first spring 2013 race as a team," senior Gabby Cole said. "As usual, Brown proved to be tough and classy competitors and we're looking forward to seeing them again at the Ivy Championship for some more fierce racing.