Rookies Ready to Compete

by Ed Freidheim | 10/26/01 5:00am

After several solid performances from the Dartmouth varsity crews at the Head of the Charles Regatta last weekend down in Cambridge, the novice crews make their collegiate debuts here in Hanover tomorrow in the annual Dartmouth Invitational.

The Class of 2005 will face off against the likes of MIT and cross-state rival University of New Hampshire as all crews will race three miles downstream on the Connecticut River toward the finish line at Ledyard Bridge.

In the men's event, the heavyweights, under the tutelage of veteran freshman head coach Will Scoggins, hope to avenge last year's '04 loss to the Dartmouth novice lightweight crew.

Chris Woll '95 returns from a year-long sabbatical to coach the freshman lights in what is sure to be a feisty and exciting men's race.

The contest includes both heavyweight and lightweight crews competing right alongside each other.

The '05 women, under the guidance of first-year novice coach Rosi Kerr '98, hope to follow up last year's '04 victory in the women's event by producing back-to-back victories.

While the novice crews compete in Hanover and the varsity heavyweight men and women take the weekend off, the varsity lightweights head down south to New Jersey for the Princeton Chase on Sunday.

The lights have a long, competitive weekend ahead of them in the Garden State as they will field two boats of eight in their first race, and then one boat will break down into two boats of four rowers to compete in a second three-mile race later in the day.

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