April 20, 2012

Heavyweights Head to Ithaca in Search of Carnegie Cup

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – For its last dual race of the season the Yale heavyweight crew team will head to Ithaca, N.Y., this weekend to row against Cornell and Princeton for the Carnegie Cup.  So far all of Yale's heavyweight crews – the varsity, second varsity and freshmen eights – have proven indomitable in their three early season outings, each boat remaining unbeaten against Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth and Penn.  With Saturday's races being the last that could determine seedings for the Bulldogs at next month's Eastern Sprints, all eyes will be on the results coming out of Cornell's racecourse on Cayuga Lake Inlet.

Last year the Carnegie Cup was the only blemish on an otherwise impressive dual season for the Bulldogs.  In the varsity eight Yale finished less than a second back on Brown, then proceeded to beat Dartmouth for the Olympic Axe and Columbia and Penn to claim the Blackwell Cup.  Yale's second varsity was undefeated in dual racing leading up to Cornell and Princeton, but it was Yale's third varsity that would be the only crew to leave Princeton last year with some shirts.  This time around Yale will not be fielding a third varsity eight, and all of the returning oarsmen from last year's 3V have stepped up into the varsity and second varsity eights.

In the last three years, each of the three schools has claimed the Carnegie Cup once and each time doing so on its home course.  Since the trophy was first awarded in 1921, Princeton leads with the most wins in the series, followed by Cornell in second and Yale in third.  The Bulldogs might be the underdogs in this race historically but for this Saturday in particular they are carrying a lot of momentum with them.  Yale is coming off three consecutive wins, including last Saturday when the Bulldogs defended the Blackwell Cup against Columbia and Penn, whereas Harvard swept Princeton last week and in the varsity eight Cornell lost the Goes Trophy to Navy.  The complete history of the Carnegie Cup is available here via the Princeton Athletics Website.

The racing schedule for Saturday is as follows:

9:00 a.m. – 1V

9:30 a.m. – 2V

10:00 a.m. – 1F

No live steam will be available for Saturday's racing, but any fans that are in town for the race can watch from Cornell's Doris B. Robison Boathouse which sits on the 1,700-meter mark of the 2k course.

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity