ITHACA, N.Y. – The Yale heavyweight crew team had its first losses of the season on Saturday despite solid performances from all three crews. Against a strong headwind dying throughout the morning and minimal current, the Yale varsity eight came up short to both Cornell and Princeton. The Yale freshman and second varsity eights finished ahead of Princeton, but were unable to catch the Big Red. Cornell defended its home course, winning all three races and a fourth race between Cornell and Princeton's third varsity crews. Saturday's win by Cornell makes for the sixth year in a row that the Carnegie Cup has been won by the home team.
The first race of the day for the Bulldogs was the varsity eight race for the Carnegie Cup. Yale was right in the race for the first thousand meters but could not hold on to the other two boats as the race progressed. In the end Yale finished a little more than six seconds back on Princeton, with another four seconds separating Princeton from Cornell.
In the second varsity eight the Bulldogs were able to put Princeton away right at the start. From there Yale rowed an aggressive body of the race, but a couple of moves from the Big Red in the second 500 meters gave Cornell the lead. The Bulldogs held on to the margin in the second thousand, not giving up any more ground, and would go on to finish a little more than four seconds back on the Big Red.
Second Varsity Eight
The Yale freshmen had a good start to their race, keeping within striking distance of the other two crews. Coming into the final portion of the race the Bulldogs were a seat down on Princeton but walked through the Tigers with a sprint to put themselves five seats up on Princeton and in contact with Cornell by the finish.
The Bulldogs now have two weekends off from racing before heading to Worcester, Mass., for the Eastern Sprints on May 13.
Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity