Wednesday, June 11th, 2008
of the students are now home, and the boathouse is a strangely quiet
place, save for the fun sounds of crews heading out for reunion rows.
heavyweights and lightweights concluded their seasons at the IRA last
weekend. Race recaps are below, but first another HUGE thank you to the
parents who kept the Dartmouth trailer well-supplied with cold drinks,
food, and encouragement during a long, hot weekend in Camden
IRA Recap from Heavyweight Coach Topher Bordeau
can’t remember being as proud of a program as I am of this year’s
heavyweights. At several points over the season, 2008 could have turned
into another grim year, but the guys left Camden justifiably excited
about results that point to a promising future.
entered the national championship with a #18 ranking, getting to the
C-final and upsetting a few crews there was a solid goal for the guys,
and I think they were licking their chops when they saw that Georgetown
would be the crew they’d have to beat in their semifinal (along with
two others from a field of Oregon State, Syracuse, Colgate, and Holy
Cross). Georgetown had knocked them out of the petite-final at Sprints
and vengeance was on order. After racing the first 500 level with
leaders OSU and Syracuse, the guys were up a few seats on Georgetown.
The Hoyas wouldn’t go away easily, though, pressing back through us
early in the third 500 before the guys put the hammer down in the final
700 to drop Georgetown and earn their place in the C-final.
final included Syracuse and Oregon State again, along with BU—who had
beaten us by 10 seconds at the Bill Cup, Michigan, and Penn. The guys
blasted off the line and were part of a leading trio with Syracuse and
OSU that moved away from the trailing trio of Penn, BU and Michigan to
about a ½ length lead with 700 gone. Following the race on my bike, I
was impressed with how fiercely the guys were racing early, and I
remember worrying that they’d pay a price for that in the third 500.
Michigan and BU moved through us during the third 500, my worries
appeared to be well-founded. But the guys weren’t done, starting their
sprint early and attacking one stroke at a time until they had passed
Michigan with 400 to go and BU with 150 to go. They finished third in
the C-final, 15th overall—a 9-spot improvement over last season.
after the guys got off the water, we shared the sentiment that we
wished the season were longer—they felt like they kept getting faster
and faster during championship season, and I agreed. That sort of
feeling points to a bright future, and it makes the present-tense
training that’s involved in chasing it very exciting.”
IRA Recap from Lightweight Coach Steve Perry:
the lightweight eight as the only men's size specific event at the IRA
we were fortunate to also have members of our Second and Third Varsity
race in the pair and varsity four with coxswain events. This gave our
guys a great opportunity to get more racing experience in numerous six
boat races and three more weeks of rowing under belts.
Varsity Four with coxswain raced hard but ultimately did not have the
juice to make a mark in the semifinals. The pair fared much better,
posting the 3rd fastest heat time on Thursday en route to winning their
rep for a spot in Saturday's final. Taking advantage of a stiff
tailwind the pair battled for the lead of the final in the first 400m
of the race. However, as the field found their rhythm Dartmouth felt
the pressure and wasn't able to find the same gear. We eventually fell
off pace and finished fifth in the final.
their 5th place finish at the Eastern Sprints the First Varsity Eight
headed back to Hanover for three weeks of training with a renewed drive
and determination to gain speed for the IRA. I wanted to jumpstart the
line-up and give the boat swift kick of horsepower. So we switched our
line-up around and put in new personnel for that extra pop.
morning the 1V executed a perfect race showing some new speed.
Dartmouth grabbed the lead off the line and pushed with Navy out on
Cornell, MIT and Fordham. Cornell made a strong move over the third
500m and took the lead of the race. In the final 500m Navy and
Dartmouth jousted while moving back on Cornell, the midshipmen just got
the better of Dartmouth with Cornell finishing first.
the afternoon grand final Dartmouth rocketed off the starting line
ahead of Princeton, Cornell, Yale, Georgetown and Navy. However the
rating stayed too high and the boat never found the good rhythm they
had in the morning. A digger in the second 500m put Dartmouth back a
length to the field and they were not able to mount a charge back into
the developing dogfight between Cornell, Princeton, Navy and Yale.
Cornell took the lead from Princeton in the final 500m and held off a
charging Navy crew for the win, Dartmouth finished 3 lengths back from
the winner in sixth place.”
to all of you for all of the supportive email and encouragement at the
races. Stay tuned for an exciting announcement about an event this
Topher, Wendy, and Steve.