The Princeton women’s Varsity Four won a gold medal at the NCAA Rowing Championships

Princeton women's Varsity Four rowers win national title

UPDATE: The women’s lightweight rowing squad took home the International Rowing Association (IRA) lightweight national team title for the first time in program history with gold medal wins from the Varsity Eight (Margaret Murphy, Sarah Fry, Sarah Polson, Daisy Devore, Lily Feinerman, Cecilia Sommerfeld, Kalena Blake, Rebecca Mays, and Nathalie Verlinde) and Varsity Two (Amelia Boehle and Kasey Shashaty) in IRA competition the weekend of June 3-5. The men’s heavyweight Varsity Four (Eleanor Bauer, Greg Le Meur, Matthew Wagner, Emmett Infante and Samuel Kleiner) boat added an IRA gold medal.

5 person rowing team at the podium

The men’s heavyweight varsity four (left to right: Greg Le Meur, Matthew Wagner, coxswain Eleanor Bauer, Emmett Infante and Sam Kleiner) earned a gold medal at the International Rowing Association championships.

SARASOTA, Florida — The Princeton women's Varsity Four won a gold medal at the NCAA Rowing Championships on Sunday, and in the overall championship the Princeton women placed third behind Texas and Stanford.

The Varsity Four of Roopa Venkatraman, Hailey Mead, Catherine Garrett, Natasha Neitzell and Lauren Johnson used a late surge to pass Ohio State and finish first, ahead of the Buckeyes, Texas, Stanford, Washington and Brown.

The victory for the Varsity Four was a first in Princeton program history at the NCAA championships.

The Princeton first varsity team earned a bronze in its final, its best finish since winning silver in 2013. The second varsity team placed fifth.

"We are so proud of this team," Coach Lori Dauphiny said. "The finish in the fearless four is historic! The 2V exceeded their ranking and surprised many in some hard fought racing. The 1V shined, showing great grit and determination. Everyone was a part of getting this team to the podium. We are grateful for all of the help and support of so many. It was an amazing NCAA Championship for the Tigers."