PHILADELPHIA – Three Ivy League rowing programs will converge upon Overpeck Lake on Saturday, each with sights set on the oldest trophy in collegiate rowing – the Childs Cup.
No. 13 Penn, No. 3 Princeton, and No. 16 Columbia will meet for the 106th time to row for the Childs Cup – a race first contested in 1879 when the Quakers defeated the Lions and Tigers on the Schuylkill River.
That win was the first of 45 for the Red and Blue in the Childs Cup. Princeton has won 48 installments of the regatta, including 21 of the last 22 dating back to 1994. Columbia has picked up the win just 12 times, but is the last crew to knock off Princeton with a win in 2009.
Penn’s last victory in the Childs Cup was a 4.2-second win over Princeton in 1993. Since then, the Quakers have been second 16 of the last 22 races – including each of the last two years.
Last year, No. 3 Princeton held course on home water for a win on Lake Carnegie, while Penn was second by 5.7 seconds over Columbia.
The Red and Blue are competing in their second Cup race of the season, coming off a loss to No. 8 Northeastern in their first race action of the spring season.
Childs Cup Schedule
9:12 • 4V/5V
9:24 • 3V
9:48 • 2V
10:12 • 1V — Childs Cup