Women’s rowing’s varsity four C bagged a silver at the team’s last race of the season at the Ivy League Championships in Princeton. Despite the medal, the rest of the team’s boats did not perform as well—the varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four A, and varsity four B all came eighth in their races.
The team traveled to the Cooper River in Pennsauken, New Jersey, to face the same opponents from the Ivy League Invitational on April 27 and the EARWC Sprints on April 29. At both of these previous races, the team came away with similar results, losing to other Ivy League opponents in most boats. However, the varsity four C took gold at EARWC Sprints, foreshadowing its success this weekend.
Alongside the varsity four C, the varsity eight—though it failed to qualify for the grand final—took first in the petite final, beating out Cornell. This boat featured seniors Charlotte Buck, who is also co-captain, and Hannah Juge. Both seniors were named to the All-Ivy League Team—Buck to the first team and Juge to the second team. For the first time ever, All-Ivy League honors were not given to the best team, but to the best eight rowers from any team. This marks the first time either senior has received such honors.
Overall, Columbia finished the day with 17 points and in seventh place. Yale took first place with 78 points, Princeton second with 70, and Brown third with 64. Despite the less-than-stellar results from the day, the undeniable success of the varsity four C, featuring two first-years, suggests that the team will be left in good hands after its all-star seniors graduate.
After its first season under head coach Emerson Curry, women’s rowing will pick back up in the fall.