Fightin’ 150’s Defeat Hawks and Big Green
Frosh Heavies have strong showing at Knecht Cup
Delaware vs. Dartmouth & St. Joes (Lwt)
Saturday, April 10th, the UD Lightweight squad had a strong showing in Derby, CT against Dartmouth College and St. Joseph’s University. A powerful tailwind made for very fast and competitive racing.
The Fightin’ 150’s got off to a strong start winning the 2F 4+, defeating both Dartmouth crews in the event with a time of 6:49.4.
In the 2nd Varsity 8 the Blue Hens were quick off the line controlling much of the race, however, they suffered two buoy infractions allowing the Dartmouth crew to gain the lead. Delaware crossed the line less than 3 seconds behind Dartmouth, and an eventual disqualification was issued to the Hens for the buoy infractions.
The Frosh/Novice 8 had a similar result. The young Blue Hens were first to the line in a time of 5:46.1, nearly 3 seconds ahead of a strong Dartmouth Frosh crew and a respective St. Joe’s Crew; however, a disqualification was also issued for a buoy infraction suffered through the middle thousand.
In the day’s final race, the Varsity 8, Delaware jumped off the line gaining a lead that they would not yield. Fighting off several moves by a determined Dartmouth varsity, UD crossed the line first in a time of 5:36.9. Dartmouth was second (5:38.8) and St. Joe’s finished a respective third (5:45.7).
The Lightweights return to action Sunday, April 18th when they travel to Annapolis, MD to take on the Navy Midshipmen and Georgetown Hoyas.
Knecht Cup (Hwt)
The Heavyweight squad had an even busier weekend of racing on both Saturday and Sunday at the annual Knecht Cup on the Cooper River, NJ. Warm temperatures and a mild cross-tailwind made for two days of great racing.
In the Frosh/Novice 8’s, Delaware raced two entries in Saturday’s opening heats. The 1F raced to a comfortable 2nd place finish earning themselves a spot in the afternoon’s semi-finals. The 2F raced hard, but finished 5th in their opening heat, ending their run at the regatta.
In the semi-final, the young Hens again raced to a comfortable third place finish earning a spot in the grand final to be held on Sunday. Sunday’s final showcased some great novice racing in which the Blue Hens just missed out on the medals, finishing 4th (6:13.29) ahead of Bucknell and St. Joe’s. Virginia won the event in a time of 6:01.23.
The Varsity 8 also saw some good racing this weekend, beginning with their heat Saturday. In their opening heat, the Varsity Heavies were edged out of the semi-finals by less than half a second to Army, finishing 4th. This placed the crew in Sunday’s 3rd level final. In Sunday’s final Delaware raced hard, battling back from an open water deficit to a strong Rutgers crew. The Knights managed to hold off the Delaware push, crossing the line in 6:01.76, less than a second ahead of Delaware’s 6:02.60.