I understand if you grew up and started rowing in Boston/philly/DC or some CT prep school and have never seen the inside of a boathouse not filled with vespolis or resolutes, that it is easy to look down on the accomplishments of those racing in the Knecht, Murphy, SIRA, Dad Vail or other "tier 2" event. Additionally, I have read that the competition was nothing special (maybe ask the IRA stewards about the "tier 2" club competition they have decided to stop including) and on some level this is true. The athletes at UNH, ODU, Loyola, like athletes in any race, can't do anything about their competition. All they can do is line up and try to win. Why are they being punished because you've "never heard of the knecht cup?"
Not to detract from what Columbia did this weekend, its always nice to win by open water, but pointing at a 46 year gap as some sort of accomplishment is weak. These 8 guys haven't been trying and failing for 46 years and its no underdog story of the weaker team finally overcoming the stronger team. These are two fully funded Ivy league schools, Columbia has no excuse not to be in the mix.
-This is coming from a dad vail competitor
If an Ivy League university has so much money why did it 46 YEARS for them to do it? It's clearly not this simple. It takes a group of dedicated athletes and coaches to pull off this feat. Columbia wasn't lacking the funds or the attractiveness of degrees to win. It took extremely dedicated people.
As for old dominion, no offense but their success doesn't say too much for the competition at the knetch cup.
buuuuuuuuut, you have to give it to Columbia. 50 years of frustration leading to this renaissance surely has to top anything else listed
my vote goes to columbia, tho.