Yale heavyweight crews extensive connections to US Rowing continue with the incoming class. Freshman Zach Johnson (Marin, Calif.) just stroked the U.S. men's 8+ to a gold medal at the 2010 Junior World Championships. The U.S. was third at the 500-meter mark but surged ahead at the 1,000-meter mark, then held off Germany by .65 seconds for the win.
Rising junior Thomas Dethlefs (Lawrenceville, N.J.) won a silver medal with the U.S. heavyweight eight at the Under-23 World Championships this past weekend in Brest, Belarus. Henry Cole 10 also competed at the Championships, and was part of the U.S. 10th-place finish in the heavyweight quadruple scull. Rising senior Derek Johnson (Hillsborough, Calif.), Yales captain, was also selected for the 4x but was unable to compete due to an injury.
Yale heavyweight crew will have a major presence in upcoming international regattas for USRowing. Three Bulldogs -- Henry Cole 10 (New Canaan, Conn.), rising junior Thomas Dethlefs (Lawrenceville, N.J.) and rising senior Derek Johnson (Hillsborough, Calif.) -- have been named to the U.S. Under-23 National Rowing Team that will compete at the U-23 World Championships later this month in Brest, Belarus. In addition, Henry Coles brother Charlie Cole 07 (New Canaan, Conn.) will race the coxless pair this weekend in the last World Cup regatta of the summer.
A day after beating the seeded A crew from Oxford Brookes, a combination crew of Yale heavyweights and lightweights lost to Newcastle by 1 1/4 lengths in the Henley Royal Regattas 4+ Prince Albert Challenge Cup Thursday. The Bulldogs rowed through their competition on Wednesday but could not pull off the same feat Thursday, trailing at the Barrier and at Fawley.
A combination crew composed of Yale heavyweights and lightweights defeated the seeded 'A' crew from Oxford Brookes by a length in the Henley Royal Regattas 4+ Prince Albert Challenge Cup Wednesday. The crew is composed of John Grunyk '10 and 2010 captain Brendan McCook '10 from the lightweights and rising senior Duncan Logie and Antonio Sirianni '10 from the heavyweights. Ian Schmertzler '10 is the coxswain.
A group of Yale Crew alumni returned on Memorial Day from St. Petersburg, Russia, after participating in the First Annual Presidents Cup Regatta. Yale was invited by the Amateur Rowing Association of Russia for the second time in nine months to attend as a guest at one of their prestigious regattas. The three-day competition, which included kayaking and canoeing in addition to rowing, was meant to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the first boat club in St. Petersburg. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the former rowing powerhouse had largely been a non-presence on the international rowing scene. The intention of the Regatta was to remind Russians of their rich rowing heritage and reinvigorate interest in the sport.
Yales varsity eight will race in tomorrows petite final after finishing fifth in the semifinal. The second varsity and open four will also row in tomorrows petite finals after both finished fifth. The freshman eight will row in the third final.
Yales varsity eight opened up the 108th IRA Regatta with a big push over four of its five opponents, automatically sending the Bulldogs to tomorrows semifinals. The varsity will be joined by the second varsity and the open four in the semifinals. The freshmen will race in the third level final on Saturday.
The Yale heavyweight crew heads to Camden, N.J. this week to compete at the 108th Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships. This three-day event begins on Thursday, June 3 and ends on Saturday, June 5. The Bulldogs are coming off Four heavyweight boats will compete for Yale at the National Championships.
The 145th edition of the Yale-Harvard Regatta, America's oldest intercollegiate athletic contest, is this Saturday morning on the Thames River. The racing begins at 9 with the freshman and junior varsity events followed by the 10:45 varsity race.
The 145th Regatta between Yale and Harvard was, as usual, a 20-minute test of strength and willpower over a grueling four-mile course. And while Harvard grabbed the lead after the first mile Saturday morning on the Thames, the Crimson could never quite shake the Bulldogs. Yale kept Harvard within reach at all times but in the end could not overtake the Crimson, crossing the finish line just 5.9 seconds too late. That was the narrowest victory margin for Harvard in The Regatta since 1997s 3.5-second Crimson win.
Former Yale rower Charlie Coles pair won the 2010 U.S. Rowing National Selection Regatta on May 15 on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J. The victory confirms Coles place as one of the two top sweep oarsmen in the United States. It is the second straight year he has captured this event.
Yales heavyweight crews concluded competition this afternoon on Worcesters Lake Lake Quinsigamond. Five Yale crews competed in preliminary heats and finals. The varsity eight finished eleventh, the second varsity seventh, the third varsity fifth, the freshmen twelfth and the 4V/2F four third.
The de facto Ivy League Championship takes place this Sunday in Worcester, Mass. Yale crews will line up against Ivy rivals and the rest of the EARC to determine Ivy League titles, EARC titles and who advances to the IRA Regatta. Rankings going into the event put the varsity eight (5-1) in third, the second varsity (3-3) in seventh, the third varsity (5-0) in second and the freshmen (2-4) in tenth. Rankings based on the seasons performances against opposing crews (voted on by EARC coaches) create a seeding for the event that determines preliminary heats.
Two Yale heavyweight crew alumni, Charlie Cole 07 and Matthew Brown 06, are contending for spots on the 2010 U.S. National Team that will compete in the 2010 World Rowing Championships at New Zealand from Oct. 31 to Nov. 7.
The Yale varsity reclaimed the Carnegie Cup on the Housatonic River Saturday morning. The third varsity followed that up with a win of their own. The second varsity, freshman and 4V/2F eights fell to Princeton and Cornell.
Yale, Princeton and Cornell will meet again this weekend, this time at the Gilder Boathouse, to determine who will hold the Carnegie Cup for the next year. In the last three years, all three teams have won the cup: Yale in 2007, Princeton in 2008 and Cornell in 2009.
The Bulldogs will face Columbia and Penn in search of the Blackwell Cup on Apr. 17 in Philadelphia. Last year, the Bulldogs won three out of four races at Columbias Orchard Beach racecourse against the two Ivy opponents, but fell in the varsity eight to Columbia.
In the second dual of the spring, Yales heavyweight crews won their four events over Dartmouth. The Yale varsity eight won by 2.2 seconds on a windy morning to ensure that the Olympic Axe stay at Gilder Boathouse for another year.
Yales crews will face crews from Dartmouth on Apr. 10 at the Gilder Boathouse. The Bulldogs swept all events last year and hope for a repeat performance to ensure continued possession of the races trophy, the Olympic Axe. This is the Bulldogs second duel of the season.
Yales heavyweight crews opened their season with three wins over Ivy League rivals Brown. The Bulldogs won the mornings first three events: the four, the third varsity eight and the first freshman eight. The last twothe second varsity and varsity eventswere claimed by Brown. The Bears topped the Bulldogs in the varsity event by 1.8 seconds.
Yales spring racing season officially kicks off on Apr. 3 when the Bulldogs face Ivy League rivals Brown. This first dual race marks the end of a successful period of winter training, the completion of a two-week spring training camp, and the beginning of four straight weeks of cup races in preparation for Eastern Sprints on May 16th. This season will feature three home races for Yale and one away, along with the customary Eastern Sprints, IRA Regatta and Yale-Harvard Regatta.
A pre-season trip to China (last week of August) set the tone for a successful fall season for the Yale heavyweights. Nine oarsmen and a coxswain were invited to compete in the World Top University Rowing Challenge in Yunnan Province. Yale finished in second place behind Peking (Beijing) University, but defeated crews from Tsinghua University (third), Huanan Normal University (fourth), Shanghai Jiaotong University (fifth), University of London (sixth), Harvard (seventh) and Cambridge University (eighth).
William Boyce has just been named the new Assistant Coach for the Yale Mens Heavyweight Crew Program. Boyce, a 2008 graduate of Cornell University, was most recently the second assistant coach with the heavyweights at Cornell, and acted as the lightweight intern at Cornell in 2009.
Yales heavyweight crews traveled to Princeton, N.J. this Sunday to compete at the annual Princeton 3-Mile Chase. The varsity eight claimed second, the second varsity finished 17th and the third varsity came in 21st. Yale also entered four varsity fours in the regatta. They finished third, 12th, 16th and 40th. The freshman eight came in fifth.