April 2, 2012
Princeton, NJ – In their season opener, the fourth-ranked Georgetown Lightweight Varsity 8+ bested second-ranked Princeton and league rival Columbia to win the Fosburgh Cup on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, NJ.
The first 1000 meters proved to be an exciting, toe-to-toe battle between all three crews. Crossing the halfway mark, Princeton and Georgetown were even, with Columbia trailing only slightly. Just after this point, the Varsity boat of coxswain Katie Courtin, stroke Connor Smith, Steve Kendall, Chan Mahaney, Conor McKinnon, Chris Ulrich, Philip Oertle, Jon Miller and bow Jack Devlin settled into a solid rhythm, pulling away from Princeton into first place a full boat length. The Varsity 8+ held this lead to finish with a time of 6:17.9, three seconds ahead of Princeton and almost seven ahead of Columbia.
The Fosburgh Cup is an annual dual between Princeton and Georgetown with Columbia as a guest. Since its inception in 2005, Princeton has retained the trophy; now, the Hoya Lightweights led by co-head coaches Matt Madigan and Vince Puma bring the Cup to the Hilltop for the first time.
Senior co-captain Steve Kendall, “We found a solid and relaxed rhythm, and pulled away from Princeton right after the 1000 meter mark. We hope to bring the confidence that we demonstrated to win the Fosburgh Cup for the first time ever into our upcoming dual races.” Co-Captain Chris Ulrich, “We are excited about bringing the Fosburgh Cup home for the first time, and we are ready for a focused and productive week of practice as we look forward to seeing Yale and MIT in Boston next Saturday.
“I was a bit nervous when powerful Princeton pushed the Hoya squad early in the piece. The ability of our team to stick to our race plan when pressured is a testament to the maturity and determination of this crew,” said coach Matt Madigan. “We are appreciative of parents, friends and especially the recent alums of the program who traveled to Princeton to see this race.”
Georgetown Lightweights also had success in the Freshmen 8+, sliding past Columbia to finish in second place with a time of 6:43.7, while the Tigers from Princeton finished in first. The Second Varsity 8+ fought a hard race, but ended up in third place to both Princeton and Columbia. Another Lightweight victory came with the Varsity 4+, who managed to beat Columbia by a slim 1.8 seconds for the win.
Next weekend, the Hoya Lightweights travel up to Boston, MA to face Yale and MIT on the Charles River.