All three Columbia crew teams will be competing this weekend, with the women starting off the racing at the George Washington Invitational this afternoon.
In their matchup last Saturday, the Light Blue women came in second in all four races, with Princeton taking the top spot each time and Rutgers trailing.
The two-day George Washington Invitational should be an easier race for the Lions, who saw extremely good results there last year against teams from Georgetown, Navy, Saint Joseph’s, and host George Washington. The Light Blue won all but one of their races on the 2,000-meter course on the Potomac, losing the varsity four race to Navy.
The lightweight men will also be facing Navy on Saturday on the Lions’ home course in Pelham, N.Y., after coming in third of three in last Saturday’s race against Princeton and Georgetown. In the lightweights’ race against Navy last year, Navy’s varsity eights came in ahead of Columbia with a fairly wide margin, finishing with a time of 6:01.3 in front of Columbia’s time of 6:22.9. The novice eights had a closer race, with Navy finishing in 6:21.8 and Columbia just trailing at 6:22.2.
The heavyweight crew takes on tough competition Saturday against Princeton in the Childs Cup, their first league competition of the spring season. In their last race at the Princeton chase, the Tigers came out ahead in a close race for the varsity eights with a time of 13:18.686. Columbia took third place out of 40 with a time of 13:23.475.
The heavyweights take on Princeton in Pelham, N.Y. at 8:45 a.m.