Ivy Champ Women's Rowing To Compete At Henley Royal Regatta
Not only did the Tigers' upset win over top-ranked Brown earn Princeton a fourth Ivy League championship in the last six years, it also punched the program's ticket to the Henley Royal Regatta.
All three Princeton NCAA Championships boats (1V, 2V, V4) will compete at the Henley Women's Regatta. The first varsity, which won the Ivy League championship and then returned to the NCAA grand final for the first time since 2013, will compete for the Ron Needs Challenge Cup for Elite Eights, the top flight of competition at the Henley Women's Regatta.
The second eight, which took second at Ivies and also reached the NCAA grand final will compete for the GP Jefferies Memorial Trophy for Senior Eights. The four, which took second at Ivies and finished second in the NCAA petite final, will compete for the Frank V Harry Cup for Senior Coxed Fours.
From there, Princeton will head to the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta. The Tigers will compete two different boats; the varsity eight will compete in the Remenham Challenge Cup, the top women's eight event at the regatta. Princeton has competed in the Remenham Cup twice; the 2004 boat, which included several rowers who would help produce the historic 2006 NCAA champion, reached the Remenham grand final. The 2011 boat, coming off an NCAA championship win of its own, drew the unfortunate fate of competing against the US National Team and was eliminated in the first round.
Princeton will also take four rowers from its second eight to create a four that races in the Princess Grace Challenge Cup. This will be the first time a Princeton boat has competed in this event.
Besides the experience of competing in these two historic events, this will also give the Princeton women an opportunity to get in an extra month of training following its successful 2016 season. Considering the Tigers will only graduate five of the 23 rowers/coxswains heading to Henley, they will certainly get a jump on the 2017 season from this experience.
The heavyweight men can attest to that. Princeton sent three boats to Henley last year, and the Tigers built off that to medal in every race at the IRA National Championships and produce the best overall team finish since 1998.
The continued generosity of alumni, parents and friends enables to the PURA to underwrite this trip.