Patriot League Rowing Championship Preview

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Bucknell will be chasing its fifth straight Patriot League title on Sunday
PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG
Bucknell will be chasing its fifth straight Patriot League title on Sunday
PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG

April 22, 2010

Center Valley, Pa.--Six teams will compete for the 2010 Patriot League Rowing Championship, as associate member MIT joins full-time Patriot League members Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lehigh and Navy at Cooper Rive near Camden, N.J.

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2010 Patriot League Championship
The 2010 Patriot League Championship will take place Sunday, April 25 on the Cooper River in Camden County, N.J. This year will mark the sixth Patriot League Rowing Championship. Bucknell has won the last four titles. Navy won the inaugural championship in 2005. Following the championship, awards will be presented for the team title, Coach of the Year and Boat of the Year.

A New Face In The Patriot League
For the first time in history, six teams will compete for the Patriot League Rowing Championship. Associate member MIT has joined the Patriot League for rowing. The Engineers join Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lehigh and Navy.

Team Notebooks
Bucknell
The Bison enter the Patriot League Championship seeking their fifth straight League title. Bucknell has prepared for the Patriot League Championship with six spring events. The Bison have won five of those events, falling only to No. 3 Virginia in their first event of the spring season. Bucknell was picked first in the Patriot League preseason poll, receiving eight of 12 first-place votes. Carol Schoenecker, a 2009 CRCA All-Region performer, is back to lead the Bison.
 
Colgate Colgate will aim to improve upon its fourth-place finish from a year ago. The Raiders’ best finish at the Patriot League Championship was in the inaugural event, in which Colgate finished second to Navy. The Raiders are coming off their first-ever event victories at the Knecht Cup in Philadelphia, winning both the Varsity Four and Novice Four.

Holy Cross Holy Cross prepared for the Patriot League Championship with a competition against Boston College and Connecticut. The Crusaders won one of the five races, the Novice Four. Holy Cross was second in three of the other four races. The Crusaders have finished third in each of the last two Patriot League Championships.  

Lehigh The Mountain Hawks prepped for the Patriot League Championship with a victory in the River Cup with a 76-50 triumph over rival Lafayette. In the women’s varsity 8 race Lehigh narrowly defeated the Leopards in an exciting finish with the Mountain Hawks crossing in 6:32.70 and Lafayette following behind in 6:33.00.

MIT The Engineers will make their first apperance in the Patriot League Championship on Sunday. MIT most recently competed on Saturday, falling in both the Varsity Eight and the Second Varsity Eight against Patriot League foe Bucknell. Prior to that, the Engineers went undefeated at the George Washington Invitational, winning with both boats against Dayton, Georgetown and George Washington.
 
Navy The Mids are the only team other than Bucknell to win a Patriot League Rowing Championship. The Mids won the first title in 2005. Navy tied Bucknell in the points race in 2008 but lost out on the crown after falling to the Bison in the Varsity Eight. The Mids recently swept four races against Georgetown, giving Navy a 9-5 record on the season.