April 18, 2015
RESULTS | Bill Cup Presentation
The Boston University men's rowing team swept Dartmouth and Rutgers on the Charles River on Saturday to take home the Bill Cup. The victory was BU's 10th straight Bill Cup victory dating back to 2006 and the team's second-straight cup victory of the spring in as many tries.
Racing in the first race of the day and into a slight head wind, the V8 boat pulled out to an early lead over the first 100 meters. The No. 8 Terriers, coxed by senior Lauren Harvey and stroked by junior Vass Ragoussis, pulled away from Rutgers early and then Dartmouth at the halfway point and extended the lead to open water. The Terriers cruised to victory with a time of 5:55 with Dartmouth ten seconds back (6:05) while Rutgers was third (6:23).
The Terriers' second varsity eight was up next and although the race was slightly closer, the results were the same. The BU 2V, coxed by freshman MacKenzie Hart and stroked by senior Gregor Dierks, separated from Rutgers early then pulled away from Dartmouth to finish first with a time of 5:58. Dartmouth was six seconds back (6:04) and Rutgers was third (6:32).
As the third varsity eight competition got underway, a strong tail wind began to blow on the Charles, making for a very fast 3V race. The Terriers were once again out in front early but Dartmouth hung tough finishing five seconds behind the BU 3V, which completed the course with an eye popping time of 5:50. Dartmouth's time was 5:55 while Rutgers came in at 6:30.
Showing its depth, the Terriers' 4V completed the sweep, finishing with a strong time of 6:04. BU, coxed by freshman Justin Goucher and stroked by junior Rajagopal Srinivas, finished 11 seconds ahead of Dartmouth's 4V (6:15), followed by Dartmouth's 5V (6:35) and Rutgers 4V (6:41).
The sweep highlighted the Terriers 10th straight Bill Cup victory dating back to 2006 and was the team's second-straight cup victory of the spring after last week's victory over rival Northeastern.
"We felt that we executed our race plan well today," said senior Kep Edwards after the race. "Races like today are all about building confidence going into Eastern Sprints and continuing to improve. We're proud of the victory, Dartmouth is a historically strong program. We know we will be faster in the postseason."
The Terriers will try and keep their win streak alive when they race Syracuse for the Conlan Cup and Columbia for the Lusins Cup next Saturday morning on the Charles River.
Cox: Lauren Harvey, 8: Vass Ragoussis, 7: Oliver Salonna, 6: Aleksandar Marinkovski, 5: Luka Miladinovic, 4: Kep Edwards, 3: Mackenzie Copp, 2: Fionnan McQuillan-Tolan, 1: JP Aftring
Cox: MacKenzie Hart, 8: Gregor Dierks, 7: John Carter, 6: Matt Maginnis, 5: Spencer Haas, 4: Alex Dillon, 3: Tomas Weaver, 2: Mike Kapp, 1: Jamie Odgers
Cox: Carly Skehan, 8: Drew Miller, 7: Uros Marinkovic, 6: Jacob Barker, 5: Will Aftring, 4: TJ Ruijgh, 3: Austin Bald, 2: Dan Marconi, 1: Max Ponsen
Cox: Justin Goucher, 8: Rajagopal Srinivas, 7: Charles Fidler, 6: Dan Relle, 5: Tate Gill, 4: Cam Pizzo, 3: Peter Roberts, 2: Nolan Solis, 1: Fisher Curran