Two Heavyweights Make Australian U23 National TeamRising junior Harry Picone (Brisbane, Australia) and rising sophomore Owen Symington (Melbourne, Australia) will travel to Amsterdam next month to compete at the 2011 World Rowing Under 23 Championships. The two will race in the coxed four event in a crew made up of Australian rowers who attend American universities.
Tom Dethlefs Elected 2011-2012 CaptainTom Dethlefs has been elected captain of the Yale heavyweight crew team for the 2011-2012 season. Dethlefs, a history major in Ezra Stiles College who hails from Lawrenceville, N.J., will take over leadership duties from outgoing captain Derek Johnson.
Heavyweights Finish Season at IRA RegattaThree of Yale’s four boats finished first in their second and third level finals on the last day of competition at the 109th IRA National Championship Regatta. The Bulldog varsity four and freshman eight won the third level finals of their events on Saturday morning, followed by an inspired win by the Yale second varsity eight in the petite final. The day ended with the varsity eight taking fourth in the petite final to finish 10th overall.
Varsity Eight to Race in Petite FinalYale's varsity eight will race in Saturday's petite final after finishing fifth in the semifinal on the second day of competition at the IRA National Championships. The Yale second varsity will also row in tomorrow's petite final after finishing fifth in a seven-boat semifinal. The freshman eight and varsity four will row in the third-level finals.
Varsity, JV Eights Advance to Semifinals at IRA RegattaOn a blustery, white-capped Cooper River today the Yale heavyweight crew team’s top two eights secured spots in Friday’s semifinals at the 109th IRA National Championships. The Bulldog varsity eight put up a good fight in its heat but missed one of the two qualifying spots by less than a second, later earning a semifinal bid with a second-place finish in the repechage. Yale’s junior varsity received a bye and will race in tomorrow’s semifinal, having hit a submerged log near the thousand-meter mark of its heat while sitting solidly in second position. The Yale freshman eight and varsity four fought hard in their heats and reps but will go on to race in the third level finals on Saturday.
Heavyweights Head to IRA National ChampionshipsThe Yale Heavyweight crew team will row in its last races of the year this weekend at the 2011 Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships. The 109th IRA regatta will be held on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J., starting the morning of Thursday, June 2 and concluding on Saturday, June 4. Four Yale crews will race against the top finishers they saw at the Eastern Sprints back on May 15 as well as some of the best teams on the West Coast.
Bulldogs Fall to Crimson on ThamesThe 146th matchup between Harvard and Yale heavyweight crews brought the usual test of endurance to the waters of New London's Thames River on Saturday. All four races – the varsity, junior varsity, freshman and combination eight – went to the Crimson, but the Bulldogs made them earn it with every stroke over four, three and two miles. With solid performances delivered by Yale against fast Harvard crews, all eyes are now on next week's IRA National Championship Regatta.
146th Harvard-Yale Regatta This SaturdayHarvard and Yale crews will battle over two, three and four miles in the 146th edition of the Harvard-Yale Regatta in New London, Conn., on Saturday afternoon. Both teams will compete upstream on the Thames River, starting near the Gold Star Memorial Bridge and finishing at Bartlett’s Cove.
Varsity Takes Seventh at Eastern SprintsCompetition concluded Sunday at the 2011 Eastern Sprints Regatta with the Yale heavyweight varsity crew posting the fifth fastest time in the east. The Bulldogs showed solid improvement over last year’s finishes at Sprints on an overcast day in Worcester, Mass. The heavy rain held off until midday, then came and went, flattening the waters of Lake Quinsigamond and making for some fast times in the varsity eight finals. With four boats entered on Sunday, the Bulldogs had two petite final appearances and one grand final appearance. The best finish of the day came in the second varsity eight, which finished sixth in the grand final. Yale concluded competition at Sprints with the varsity eight winning the petite final to take seventh place overall.
Bulldogs Ready for EARC SprintsAll the big names in rowing on the East Coast will convene in Worcester, Mass., this Sunday for the 2011 EARC Sprints. Widely held as the de facto Ivy League Championship, the Eastern Sprints regatta is the first of two championships for the Yale heavyweight crew team as the 2010-2011 season reaches its climax. All eight Ivy League schools along with several other Division I programs from New England, Mid-Atlantic and parts of the Midwest regions will field boats in hopes of taking home the heavyweight team point trophy, the Rowe Cup. While EARC and Ivy League titles are up for grabs this weekend, bids for the IRA Regatta at the end of the month are also at large.
Yale Falls to Cornell, PrincetonOn a rainy Lake Carnegie this Saturday morning the Yale heavyweight crew team ceded the Carnegie Cup to Ivy League rivals Princeton. The Tigers by all means defended their home, placing first in three out of four events: the varsity eight, second varsity eight and the freshman eight. The Cornell Big Red finished second in all four events, while the Yale third varsity crew won its race by over three seconds. This marks the end of the dual racing season for the Bulldogs and the transition into the championship season.
Heavyweights Head to Princeton in Search of Carnegie CupThe Yale heavyweight crew team will have its fourth and final dual race of the spring season in Princeton, N.J., this Saturday. The Bulldogs will take on the Cornell Big Red and the Princeton Tigers as they fight to defend the Carnegie Cup and bring a third trophy home to Gilder Boathouse this season.
Yale Defends Blackwell Cup Despite Bad ConditionsIn its final home race of the season, the Yale heavyweight crew team claimed the Blackwell Cup for the second year in a row Saturday when the Bulldog varsity eight won by open water over Ivy League rivals Penn and Columbia. Yale’s second varsity eight also won its race, and by an even more impressive margin. Unfortunately the waters of the Housatonic were too rough later in the day for the remainder of Yale’s crews to compete.
Bulldogs to Race for Blackwell Cup at HomeWith one win and one loss already in the varsity eight, the Yale heavyweight crew team will aim to rack up two more wins this Saturday against the Penn Quakers and Columbia Lions. After winning four out of five races in this matchup last year, including the varsity eight, the Bulldogs will be defending the Blackwell Cup in their third race of the 2010-11 season.
Heavyweights Sweep Dartmouth for Eighth Consecutive Olympic AxeThe Yale heavyweight crew team rowed its home opener in style Saturday as all five of its crews defeated the Dartmouth Big Green. The conditions on the Housatonic were near perfect during the freshman race as the Yale Class of 2014 tasted victory for the first time after losing by one second to Brown two weeks ago. The Yale varsity eight also turned things around after a disappointing finish against Brown with a five second victory over the Big Green to capture the Olympic Axe.
Heavyweights Look To Defend Olympic AxeThis Saturday the Yale heavyweight crew team will have its second race of the season, its first at home. With the reshuffle now closed, lineups are set for Saturday as the Bulldogs take on the Dartmouth Big Green. Yale has won the Olympic Axe for the past three years and is looking at this weekend with hopes of making it four.
Yale Wins Three Against BrownThe Yale heavyweight crew team returned home from its first outing of the spring season with some shirts on Saturday. Three of Yale’s crews – the fourth, third and second varsity – won handily against Ivy League rivals Brown. The Bears won the freshman and varsity eight events but not without a fight as both of these Yale crews held the lead at some point in the race. Brown was quick off the line across the board but likewise all of Yale’s crews showed they had the base speed to walk right through their opponents. Against an incoming tide and in a heavy crosswind, Brown claimed the freshman eight by 1.02 seconds. The afternoon ended with the Brown varsity eight crossing the line just ahead of Yale to beat the Bulldog varsity by only 0.43 seconds.
Bulldogs Travel to Providence for Season OpenerThe Yale heavyweight crew team will open its season against Brown on the Seekonk River in Providence, R.I., this Saturday. The Bulldogs and the Bears will each field five eights, culminating in the varsity eight event on the afternoon of Mar. 26.
Heavyweights Ready to Take On Spring Racing SeasonThe Yale heavyweight crew team’s spring racing season will be in full swing on Mar. 26 when the Bulldogs face Ivy League rivals Brown in Providence, R.I. This matchup of the Bulldogs and the Bears has become the traditional season opener in recent years, and it will be the first intersquad competition the heavyweights have seen since the Head of the Charles in October of last year. The Brown race follows closely on the completion of a two-week spring break training camp on Yale’s home course in Derby, Conn., several months of training in the erg room at Payne Whitney Gymnasium and a 10-day training trip to Stuart, Fla. After racing Brown the Bulldogs will have the first weekend of April off but then have three more dual races, two of which are at home. The championship season then begins May 15 with the Eastern Sprints, followed by the Yale-Harvard Regatta and the IRA National Championship.
For Heavyweights, Winter Training BeginsBlue and white oars broke the surface of the St. Lucie River yesterday as the Yale heavyweight crew team convened for the first practice of its winter training trip in Stuart, Florida. The trip will span roughly a 10-day period, equivalent of one full month of training during the academic year. The heavyweights are rowing out of Treasure Coast Community Rowing Center and are received in Stuart by two-time Harvard-Yale boat race winner Karl Heilman ’52.
Charlie Cole ’07 is Sixth at Worlds in Men’s EightThe U.S. men’s eight took sixth in the A final of the World Rowing Championships last Sunday, bringing the 2010 racing season to a close. Charlie Cole ’07 sat in six seat of the U.S. crew, and this event marks his first international appearance in the eight at the senior level.
Yale Crew Teams Pull for a CureThe Yale heavyweight, lightweight and women’s crew teams together have raised more than $15,000 for the American Cancer Society as part of a fundraiser called ‘Pull for a Cure.’ The fundraising effort ran the length of October, which is recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and culminated with crews racing at the 46th Head of the Charles Regatta on Oct. 23 and 24.
Champ Boats Finish 11th and 14th at Head of the CharlesKicking off the second day of racing for the heavyweights was the championship four, which took 11th place in a time of 16:45.513. The event was won by a crew from the USRowing training center in Oklahoma City, who finished in a time of 15:49.586. In second came Cal, followed by Stanford in third. The Bulldogs finished ahead of Penn and just half a second behind a Harvard crew. This years champ four showed improvement over last years standing, where the Bulldogs finished 13th in the same event.
Club Boats Take Fourth and Fifth on CharlesThe rain and cold were nowhere to be found today as two Yale heavyweight crews rowed to top-five finishes at the Head of the Charles. The club four finished fourth out of 59 crews with a time of 17:40.378. The club eight finished fifth out of 42 crews with a time of 16:03.063.
Heavyweights To Race at Head of the CharlesThis weekend the Yale heavyweight crew team will head to Boston for the 46th Annual Head of the Charles Regatta. Crews will be racing in four events: the club four, club eight, championship four and championship eight. Last year the Yale club eight brought home gold, and with an additional boat entered this year, the heavyweights are looking to come home with hardware once again.
Heavyweights Win Head of the HousatonicThe Yale heavyweight crew team began the 2010-2011 season with a win on Saturday at the 2010 Head of the Housatonic. With five eight-man crews entered in the mens IRA collegiate eight event, the Bulldogs were out in full force to defend their title as head race champions of their home course.
Yale Heavyweight Crew Fall PreviewThis fall the Yale heavyweight crew team returns to the water with new coaches, a new freshman class, and a renewed sense of hope for a championship season. Over the summer Steve Gladstone was named the new head coach of the Bulldogs, bringing with him a wealth of rowing knowledge and coaching experience that has won him 11 IRA championships. Joining him is Joel Scrogin, who will step in as the new freshman coach. Alongside a group of eager oarsmen and one of the largest senior classes in recent years, Gladstone and Scrogin are truly ushering in a new era for Americas oldest collegiate team.
Steve Gladstone Named Yale Heavyweight Crew CoachSteve Gladstone, regarded as one of the premier rowing coaches in the United States, has been named the head coach of Yales heavyweight crew. Yale Director of Athletics Tom Beckett made the announcement Monday. Gladstone led the University of California mens crew program to six IRA championships during two coaching stints with the Golden Bears and also served as the director of rowing operations at Brown where he won four Eastern Sprints titles. Most recently he was a director at the California Rowing Club, helping develop post-graduate oarsmen for the U.S. National Team.