Texas dominates Ivy League powerhouses in Eisenberg Cup

Aneesh Namburi

After a strong showing in San Diego, Texas built upon its momentum against some of the best collegiate rowing teams in the country.

The fourth-ranked Longhorns traveled to Princeton to face Princeton and Yale, ranked seventh and ninth, respectively, in the Eisenberg Cup on Saturday. Originally scheduled for a 7 a.m. start, race times were delayed due to weather concerns.

Texas head coach Dave O’Neill discussed how the weather affected race conditions, especially in the early varsity eight race, where the Longhorns finished behind both Princeton and Yale.

"The tailwind and rough water presented an added challenge, but it was nothing that our first eight couldn't handle," O'Neill said. "Basically, the tailwind rewards the crew that rows the better rhythm and stays relaxed, and both Princeton and Yale proved that this morning.”

Texas’ other boats ended up overcoming the obstacles. In the second varsity eight race, despite Yale leading in the first 1000 meters, the Longhorns took over in the final stretch, crossing the finish line at 6:15.50 and around five seconds ahead of the competition.

The success continued for Texas with the first varsity four, which passed Yale late in the home stretch to finish at 7:04.30. O’Neill complemented the rowers on their resilience.

"The final push to get the bow ahead was terrific,” O’Neill said. “I was impressed with their composure and toughness throughout.”

Ending the day was the second varsity four, which also closed a gap created by Yale in the first 1000 meters. As this group crossed the finish line at 7:10.30 with another victory, the team finished the regatta winning three out of four races.

The Longhorns will have a quick turnaround by hosting the Longhorn Invite at Walter E. Long Park on April 27.