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The Crew Club contended with winter-like conditions in its annual spring race against Lehigh University Saturday. Periodic snow showers and gusting winds met the crews in Quakertown as the race was held for the first time at Nockamixon State Park.

The racing was excellent by both schools even if the weather was not, reports Mike Homes, Lafayette Crew Club coach. Lafayette came away with victories in the women’s varsity four and women’s novice eight events. Full results of each race are available below.

Parents and alumni are invited to attend the Crew Club Awards Banquet 6 p.m. Saturday, April 20, in the Bergethon Room of Marquis Hall. The event will include hors d’oeuvres, video and slide presentations, team awards, and presentation of the Tenth Seat Award, given annually to the parent, alumnus, or friend of Lafayette Rowing who has made a major contribution to the team.

The women’s novice eight was one of the most exciting races of the day. The Lafayette crew was down 3-4 seats after the start, but fought back to gain a boat-length advantage with 1,500 meters to go in the race. Lehigh made several attempts to get even, but was turned back each time by Lafayette’s first-year students. Lafayette maintained the lead for the last three-quarters of the race and won by six seconds.

In the women’s varsity four, Lafayette never trailed and continued to pull away from the two Lehigh boats all the way down the course.

Luck was not with the Lafayette men in the novice eight and varsity four events. In both races Lafayette was even with the two Lehigh crews, but trouble struck near the halfway mark. In the novice eight, one of the Lafayette rowers’ seats came off the tracks, forcing the crew to row with seven men as the oarsman tried to regain his seat. The Lehigh crews took advantage of the misfortune and pulled away to win.

In the varsity four, one of Lafayette’s oars got caught in the rough water as the crew again lost valuable time to Lehigh. Lafayette was unable to recover and Lehigh earned the victory.

Lafayette finished second in both the men’s and women’s varsity eight races, finishing between Lehigh’s varsity and JV crews.

Lafayette races again Saturday at the Knecht Cup Regatta in Cherry Hill, N.J.

Racing results
Women’s Pair
1. Lehigh 8:59.9
2. Lafayette 10:19.5

Men’s Novice Eight
1. Lehigh (lwt) 7:03.1
2. Lehigh 7:06.1
3. Lafayette 7:39.7

Women’s Varsity Four
1. Lafayette 8:40.3
2. Lehigh A 9:04.3
3. Lehigh B 9:41.9

Women’s Novice Eight
1. Lafayette 8:02.2
2. Lehigh 8:08.0

Men’s Varsity Eight
1. Lehigh A 6:36.0
2. Lafayette 6:47.9
3. Lehigh B 6:49.8

Women’s Varsity Eight
1. Lehigh A 7:32.5
2. Lafayette 8:23.6
3. Lehigh B 8:33.5

Women’s Novice Four (race re-started at 1500 m after numerous collisions)
1. Lehigh A 6:52.2
2. Lafayette 7:28.5
3. Lehigh B 7:43.1

Men’s Novice Four (1000 m)
1. Lehigh A 3:50.8
2. Lehigh B 3:58.8
3. Lafayette 4:06.7

Men’s Varsity Four (1000 m)
1. Lehigh A 3:54.4
2. Lafayette 3:57.7
3. Lehigh B 4:00.0

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