Heavyweights Earn Second Place at Knecht Cup While Lightweights Split Eights with Dartmouth
By Alec Walczak
This past weekend Delaware's varsity heavyweight eight and second varsity heavyweight eight raced for the Knecht Cup on the Cooper River in Pennsauken, NJ. The varisty heavyweight eight heat at 11:40 AM on Saturday was a cooly rowed by the heavyweight crew that needed a top three finish to advance to the semi-finals. The boat placed second behind Bucknell, giving enough needed to advance. Fourty minutes later, the second varsity eight placed fifth in a time of 6:51.33, only a length behind the fourth place crew from Marist, but not enough to advance to the final. Later in the day, the varisty eight competed in the semi-finals, needing another top three finish to advance to the grand final the following day. Marist and Temple pulled out to early leads, but the Blue Hen heavies held their third place position throughout. They clocked a 6:00.03, two seconds off the second place crew from Marist and about one length behind Temple's top eight.
In the grand final, a four boat race between Temple, Trinity College, Marist, and Delaware quickly developed. A strong start by the Blue Hens kept them in only a few seats down from Marist and Temple with Trinity right in the hunt. In the second thousand meters, Trinity and Marist dropped back slightly while strong moves from Delaware matched the momentum of Temple's leading boat. The last five hundred meters was a knife fight that saw Delaware and Temple exchanging bow balls until a strong finish by Temple pulled them up two seats in the final one hundred meters. Temple crossed the line in 6:00.15, with Delaware finishing in 6:01.59. Trinity finished in third position in 6:02.33.
While the heavyweight team raced in New Jersey, the lightweight team dueled Dartmouth College on Lake Lillinonah in Connecticut. The freshman eight came back from a six seat deficit in the final five hundred meters to edge the Dartmouth novice by a few feet. The frosh crossed the line in 6:05.4. The third varsity eight also defeated Dartmouth in a time of 6:14.4, over twenty seconds ahead of the Big Green crew. The first and second varsity boats would both suffer defeat. Large deficits created by the both Dartmouth boats early on were too great for the Blue Hen crews to overcome. The first varsity crew finished in 6:09.3, exactly nine seconds behind the Dartmouth's 1V, and the second varsity finished in 6:16.6 to Dartmouth's 6:02.5. In the only fours race of the day, the Blue Hen's novice boat finished third in 7:30.0, behind Darmouth's top two boats.
The lightweights will look to rebound next weekend against Navy and Georgetown on the Potomac in Washington, D.C., while the heavyweights will travel to Oak Ridge, Tennessee to compete at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta.