Rowing takes Patriot League title

By Thomas Walter

Writer

The women’s rowing team edged out Navy 33-28 this past weekend to take the Patriot League title. The varsity eight and second varsity eight both won their events while the varsity four ended in fourth place. While those three varsity squads were celebrating their sixth consecutive Patriot League Title, the varsity lightweights took on two nationally ranked opponents, No.1 Princeton and No. 4 Radcliffe.

In the Patriot Leagues, the varsity eight won their tight race by three seconds over Colgate.

“We were racing past the 500-meter mark, where my teammates were cheering from their boats in the warm down lanes,” Tori Dudley ’11 said. “We gained momentum through these cheers.”

The second varsity eight held off Navy by two seconds to secure another win and 12 more points for the Bison. The varsity four finished up the competition by coming in fourth place, 12 seconds behind first-place Navy. But the Bison had already earned enough points to secure the win.

“The win couldn’t have happened without the eight other people in the boat, or rather the 50-plus more women on the team,” Dudley said. “We all push each other. I am happy that I could represent the team. I am honored to be a part of something so special in this program’s history.”

The varsity lightweight team also raced just outside of Boston this weekend as they went to face off against Princeton and Radcliffe. The Bison ultimately fell to both, finishing 20 seconds behind Princeton and 13 seconds behind Radcliffe.

The team will compete against Duke and Iowa in Ithaca, N.Y. this weekend.

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