After three days of bad weather forced the competition into a rare Sunday session, Princeton easily won the 83rd Intercollegiate Rowing Championships on Onondaga Lake today.
Navy, losing the Ten Eyck Trophy for overall excellence for the first time since 1981, won the championship in the varsity fours without coxswain, and finished second overall with 326.2 points. Wisconsin (260.4), Brown (201.4) and Syracuse (188.8) rounded out the top five.
"I'm disappointed, but Princeton's got a remarkable crew," said Navy Coach Rick Clothier. "We won medals (awarded to the top three finishers) in all seven races we were in. Princeton was just the better team."
The Tigers quickly made it clear it would be their day by winning the crown jewel of the regatta, the varsity eights race.
Defending regatta and varsity eights champion Navy broke out to an early lead, with Princeton, Penn and Brown close behind after 500 meters. But 500 meters later, at the halfway mark, the Tigers were in front. They finished in 5:49.9, 2 1/2 seconds ahead of the Midshipmen.
Princeton's "B" and "A" boats finished one-two in the next race, the second varsity eights.
After Wisconsin rallied to take the freshman eights title from Navy and host Syracuse, Princeton, which totaled 462.2 points on the afternoon, won the varsity fours races with coxswain