For the second straight year, Cornell came out of the repechage to win the featured varsity eight race in the Intercollegiate Rowing Association regatta on Onondaga Lake today. Heavily favored Navy faded to fourth place.
Princeton had a driving finish to place second, one-half length behind Coach Findley Meislahn's Big Red, which won in a time of 5:57.5 over 2,000 meters of choppy water. Syracuse was third.
Navy's undefeated junior varsity and California's freshmen won the other eights. Other winners were Navy (freshmen fours with coxswain), Wisconsin (varsity pairs without and varsity fours with), Northeastern (varsity pairs with) and Pennsylvania (varsity fours without).
Navy, which qualified all its seven boats for the finals, easily won the Ten Eyck Trophy for overall IRA performance with 256.35 points.
In the feature event, normally slow-starting Cornell broke quickly and enjoyed a wire-to-wire victory. Navy and Princeton had won Thursday's qualifiers and Cornell had to qualify through Friday's repechage (second-chance race).
Midshipmen Coach Rick Clothier said of his varsity's disappointing performance, "I certainly wouldn't want to offer excuses. But it must have been sloppy out there. Our jayvee went 6:01 and I don't think our varsity did. Normally the varsity is 10 to 11 seconds faster." The junior varsity did have a faster time, 6:01.4 to 6:01.7.