The 2015 Fosburgh Cup: Princeton Lightweight Men vs. Georgetown

This weekend, Princeton's Lightweight Women's 1V is on the west coast, at the San Diego Crew Classic. Before tuning into the live stream to cheer our girls on to their close third place finish in the race for lanes, I caught the other three Princeton teams racing on Lake Carnegie.

 Karthik Dhore '15 strokes the Lightweight Men's 4V in their race against Georgetown

Karthik Dhore '15 strokes the Lightweight Men's 4V in their race against Georgetown

It was another freezing day out on the water, with temperatures in the 30s and a strong headwind throughout the morning. Four warm layers and a warm pair of gloves didn't stop the four hours we spent out there from being painfully cold, but as usual, the excitement of seeing great races up close was worth it. 

 Princeton Lightweight Men's Second Assistant Coach Alex Mann times the 3V race

Princeton Lightweight Men's Second Assistant Coach Alex Mann times the 3V race

 Suraj Bhat '16 strokes the fifth varsity boat

Suraj Bhat '16 strokes the fifth varsity boat

The first event featured Georgetown's 3V racing against Princeton's 3V, 4V and 5V. The two 3V boats were neck and neck until about halfway through the race, when, to quote Row2K's race summary, "a Gtown oarsman caught a crab and was unable to recover it for about 400m." 

 Princeton's 3V, stroked by freshman Tyler Valicenti '18, racing to a win over Georgetown

Princeton's 3V, stroked by freshman Tyler Valicenti '18, racing to a win over Georgetown

In the end, Princeton's 3V emerged victorious in a time of 7:02.4, with Georgetown's 3V finishing in a time of 7:41.1. Much of Princeton's 5V raced again later in the afternoon as Princeton's 6V, falling to Georgetown's 4V boat.

 Patrick Watt '18 strokes the Lightweight Men's 2V, coxed by Trip Henningson '16

Patrick Watt '18 strokes the Lightweight Men's 2V, coxed by Trip Henningson '16

 Fabrizio Giovannini '15 rows in Princeton's Lightweight Men's 2V

Fabrizio Giovannini '15 rows in Princeton's Lightweight Men's 2V

 The Lightweight men's 2V rows to victory over Georgetown

The Lightweight men's 2V rows to victory over Georgetown

The second varsity race came next, with Princeton's 2V winning by similar margins; 6:32.2 over Georgetown's 7:08.3. 

 James Goble '18 and Cam Howie '16 row in the Lightweight Men's 1V

James Goble '18 and Cam Howie '16 row in the Lightweight Men's 1V

 The Lightweight Men's 1V races for the Fosburgh Cup

The Lightweight Men's 1V races for the Fosburgh Cup

The 1V race for the Fosburgh Cup was more closely contested. Stroked by sophomore Henry Ogilby '17, the tigers battled tough conditions to achieve a 6:34.9 finish, twenty seconds ahead of Georgetown. Their first place finish won the Tigers this year's Fosburgh Cup, named after former Georgetown Coach Whit Fosburgh. 

 Princeton lightweight men's head coach Marty Crotty '98 addresses both teams after the racing

Princeton lightweight men's head coach Marty Crotty '98 addresses both teams after the racing

 Cam Howie '16 and captain Casey Ward '15 pose with the Fosburgh Cup

Cam Howie '16 and captain Casey Ward '15 pose with the Fosburgh Cup

Overall, it was a great day of racing for the Tigers, and an awesome start to the season. Thanks go to Ed Hewitt for hosting me on his launch! Race times are from Row2k's summary of yesterday's racing. A full recap (illustrated by one of my photographs!) can be found on Go Princeton Tigers here.

Stay tuned for posts about the Heavyweight Men's and Openweight Women's races, coming soon.