- Eastern Sprints
Eastern Sprints refers to the annual rowing championship for the
Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges(EARC). Since 1974, the "Women's Eastern Sprints" has been held as the annual championship for the Eastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges(EAWRC) league.
*For the women's regatta, see
Women's Eastern Sprints
Eastern College Athletic Conference(ECAC) sponsors the event along with other co-sponsors.
The teams include all of the
Ivy Leagueschools as well as others such as Georgetown University, Syracuse University, U.S. Naval Academy, MIT, BU, Rutgers, Northeastern, Delaware, and Wisconsin. In the fall of 2006, George Washington University and The College of the Holy Cross were given a two year provisional bid to join the league.
Since 1981, the
Quinsigamond Rowing Association(QRA) has invited the winner of the Worcester City Championships to compete in the varsity eight events at the Eastern Sprints. The College of the Holy Crosshas secured this invitation since 1996.
The race is held at Regatta Point on
Lake Quinsigamondin Worcester, MAin mid to late May. In general, crews compete in a trial heat in the morning, followed by a final (grand, petite, or 3rd level) in the afternoon. Each race is a 2000m race including up to six crews.
Since 1946, the Rowe Cup has been awarded to the college whose heavyweight men's crews score the highest combined total number of points in the varsity, junior varsity, and freshman races. Harvard has won the cup the most number of times (27). Princeton comes in second with 7 wins.
Since 1961, the Jope Cup has been awarded to the college whose lightweight men's crews score the highest combined total number of points in the varsity, junior varsity, and freshman races. Harvard has won the cup 19 times. Princeton has won 14 times. The current holders are the U.S. Naval Academy, who won it back-to-back 2006 and 2007.
New event record times were set in the 2007 edition of the regatta. Harvard now holds the record time in the Varsity Heavyweight event (5:27.005) and Dartmouth holds the Varsity Lightweight event record (5:38.894).
EARC Varsity Heavyweight 8 Winners
Winners by year
[cite web |url=http://www.ivyleaguesports.com/documents/rb-0304-rowing.pdf |title=ivyleaguesports|accessdate=2007-02-15]
In 1996, Penn won after a Northeastern forfeit.
EARC Varsity Lightweight 8 Winners
Winners by year
[cite web |url=http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/~hltcrew/hvlrecord.html|title=Harvard Lightweight Crew|accessdate=2007-02-15]
* [http://www.sportgraphics.com Pictures from Eastern Sprints by year]
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