April 26, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Bucknell will vie for its seventh straight Patriot League title as the Bison compete at the Patriot League Rowing Championship Sunday morning at Cooper River Park in Camden County, N.J.
Bucknell was selected to finish first in the preseason poll of the League's coaches and sports information directors in March, where the Bison were followed by Navy, Colgate, Holy Cross, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Lehigh.
The 2012 Patriot League Rowing Championship is a full-field event that consists of varsity four, second varsity eight and varsity eight races. The event is scored on a weighted scale, with six points for the winner of the varsity four race, 12 for the second varsity eight and 18 for the varsity eight. If there is a tie in final point total, the higher-place finisher of the varsity eight race is crowned Patriot League champion. Awards will also be given for Coach of the Year and Boat of the Year, which goes to the winner of the varsity eight race.
The Patriot League Championship gets started with the varsity four race at 8 a.m., followed by the second varsity eight at 8:15 and varsity eight race at 8:30.
The race will be held at Cooper River Park for the fourth time after being contested there from 2008-10.
Last season, at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass., the Bison rallied from behind to win their sixth championship in school history. Navy, which led Bucknell heading into the Varsity 8 race at the championship, is the only other Patriot League program to have won a rowing title.
Bucknell trailed Navy by one point entering the varsity eight race, but won the final event of the day in a time of 6:54.2 to hold off Colgate (6:57.2) and the Mids (6:58.1). That victory gave the Bison 33 points, enough to hold off Navy (28) and Colgate (22) for the 2011 Patriot League title. Holy Cross (21), MIT (12) and Lehigh (10) rounded out the final standings.
Bucknell won the varsity eight race for the sixth year in a row, taking the Boat of the Year award that comes with that victory. Stephen Kish won his fifth Patriot League Coach of the Year honor in the last six seasons. Hannah Lindgren, a first-year member of the Bucknell rowing team, has been invited to participate in the USRowing National Team Freshman Camp. The camp will be held at the University of Washington June 11-17 and will feature a talented group of 20 rowers and four coxswains.
Navy has won at least one race at five of the previous seven Patriot League Championships, and has finished second to Bucknell in the overall standings in each of the past six seasons. The Mids also have finished second to the Bison in the varsity eight race in five of the last six seasons. Navy won the inaugural League Championship in 2005.
Colgate posted a pair of second-place finishes last year -- in the varsity four and the varsity eight races -- but earned 22 points to finish third overall.
Holy Cross took advantage of its home course to finish fourth overall with a pair of third-place finishes in the second varsity eight and varsity four races.
MIT will compete in its third Patriot League Rowing Championship after finishing fifth last year with 12 points, and Lehigh returns after finishing 10th under second-year head coach Brian Conley.
For more information, including directions to Cooper River Park, visit the Patriot League Rowing Championship page.