NEW HAVEN, Conn. – For its second away race of the season the Yale heavyweight crew team will travel to Philadelphia this weekend to race against Columbia and Penn for the Blackwell Cup. For the most part the Bulldogs are 1-1 so far this season, with a loss for Yale's three eights against Brown on Mar. 29 and a win last weekend over Dartmouth.
This past Saturday the Bulldogs defended the Olympic Axe with a four-boat sweep over Dartmouth. The day started with two open water wins for Yale, a six-second win in the third varsity eight, followed by a 10-second win in the second varsity eight. The varsity eight was the closest race of the day, and the Bulldogs fought against an early charge from the Big Green to win by 2.5 seconds. A nine-second win for Yale's four closed out the morning.
Last weekend Columbia and Penn both raced against Princeton for the Childs Cup. In the varsity eight Princeton won a close race over Columbia, beating the Lions by 2.5 seconds. Penn was third, 8.7 seconds behind Columbia. In the second varsity eight the order was somewhat flipped, with Princeton winning again but with Penn in second and Columbia third. The Penn 1F beat Columbia's third varsity, and the Penn four beat Columbia's four.
The order of events for this Saturday is as follows:
7:15am – Coxswains Meeting
8:30am – Third Varsity Eight (Penn 1F, Columbia 3V, Yale 3V, Penn 2F)
8:50am – Second Varsity Eight (Penn, Columbia, Yale)
9:10am – Varsity Eights – Blackwell Cup (Penn, Columbia, Yale)
9:30am – Varsity Fours (Penn, Columbia, Yale)
10:30am – Blackwell Cup Presentation
Friends and family unable to make the trip to Philadelphia will be able to call in and listen to this weekend's racing. The live streaming audio can be accessed over the phone at (213) 493-0217. The same audio feed will be available online at:
The Blackwell Cup, one of rowing's biggest trophies, is awarded in honor of George Engs Blackwell, an 1880 graduate of Columbia. Since Columbia, Penn and Yale started racing for the cup in 1927, Yale has won the most with a total of 40 times, including last year when the Bulldogs raced on the new course in Overpeck Park. In recent years Penn and Yale have traded the trophy back and forth almost exclusively, up until 2008 when Columbia won for the first time in 67 years. The Bulldogs have won the Blackwell Cup since 2010 when the race was last held on the Schuylkill River, and this year the Bulldogs hope to bring it home once again.
Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity