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The Crew Club began the spring racing season yesterday with impressive performances against Susquehanna University. Lafayette crews prevailed easily in all of the eight-oared events, with the varsity and novice men and women all winning by 20 seconds or more.

The team was challenged in the four-oared races, but held on to win three of five events. The most exciting race of the day was the women’s novice four. The Lafayette and Susquehanna boats were separated by inches all the way down the racecourse. Neither crew would yield an inch, but Lafayette pulled away at the very end and won by inches.

Pair events were run for the first time in many years at Lafayette, with the Leopards winning both the men’s and women’s races. For complete race results, see the team’s web page at

This also marked the first time in several years that Lafayette has hosted a “home” regatta. A suitable site was located about 20 miles south of Easton at Lake Nockamixon State Park near Quakertown, Pa. Park management was eager to add rowing to the list of activities that the lake could host. Although rough conditions on the main body of water forced the race to be shortened to 1,700 meters and moved to a narrow, more protected part of the lake, the day was still successful. Two more races will be held at the lake this year, including the annual Lafayette vs. Lehigh regatta Saturday, April 6.

The Crew Club races next Friday against St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

The group also extends its best wishes to novice women’s team member Elizabeth Cassidy ’05 (Norwalk, Conn.), who is recovering from surgery this week.

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