It’s spring racing season! This was a momentous weekend for college racing: Yale v. Princeton v. Virginia, at Lake Carnegie. It was an incredible match-up, no matter how you look at it: the #1, #4, and #6 ranked crews in the nation; the fastest boats in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and South; probably a dozen U23 invites between all three programs… it’s the heavyweight prizefight of dual racing. I’ve had this weekend on my calendar since last year. Intense racing, great friends, an incredible spread at the Yale Tent… how could life get any better?
Of course, there was some drama. Between the college races on Lake Carnegie, and the high school races on Lake Mercer, the US National Team was actually not allowed to row anywhere (ironic, I know). There were a few panic-stricken hours when I thought our rescheduled workout would completely eliminate any chance to see the Yale crews before they left, but luck was on our side: we were able to sneak into the Caspersen Boathouse for a mercifully-shortened erg workout, then a mad-dash back to the Princeton boathouse left me with a blissful half-hour of Bulldog camaraderie at the Yale trailer.
I’m sure our girls were disappointed to lose to Princeton, but the Tigers’s victory will just make the competition at Eastern Sprints that much more intense. I have faith in the Yale system, I know our athletes will take this loss and use it to fuel the next few weeks of training.
If you’re going to be around New Haven next weekend, I highly recommend going to the Yale-Harvard race at the Gilder Boathouse; you’ll definitely see a re-energized, relentless effort by the Eli rowers. Plus the spread at the Yale tent should be out of this world…