June 9, 2013

Bulldogs Finish Season With Y-H Regatta

Yale Rowers Ready To Move On

GALES FERRY, Conn. – A year of great progress and accomplishments may have come to an end on the wrong side of a sweep in the 148th edition of the Yale-Harvard Regatta on the Thames River, but nobody with the Yale heavyweight crew  took today's results as a blemish on the campaign.

The Crimson won the four-mile race with a time of 21:17.6 compared to the young Yale boat's 21:41.3 to complete a morning of racing viewed by fans in numerous places on the banks of the river and on computers around the world.

With trains and cars crossing over on Interstate 95 and the railroad bridge, the varsity race began at 10:50 a.m., the earliest scheduled start time for a regatta in recent memory. The Bulldogs knew the burden would be on them to match their rival's speed and stay within striking distance.

That's what happened for the first three quarters of a mile in the race for the Sexton Cup.

"Our plan was not to be responsive," said coxswain Oliver Fletcher (London, UK), a junior in the varsity eight. "We expected them to get out quickly, but we stayed with them at the beginning. A mile in, they had another gear to go to and we couldn't follow. They had too much quality for us, but the results don't diminish what we accomplished this season.  We turned the corner this year."

The view from the media boat motoring behind the two Empacher Shells and the six trailing coaching launches made it look like a pair of water bugs scooting along the top of the water being chased by a half dozen hungry frogs. Both yellow vessels were doing a great job of staying horizontal but the faster one had just too many seasoned regatta racers.

"We gave full measure today but Harvard was clearly the better crew. We took a huge step forward this season, but the four-miler today was a different story," said Yale head coach Steve Gladstone, who went on to reflect on his young varsity eight boat. "Experience makes a huge difference in this race."

A crew from CBS's 60-Minutes Sports filmed from their own boat and a helicopter that followed the racing from start to finish. Other reporters and photographers worked from the media boat or from the shores, while fans viewed American's oldest intercollegiate athletic event from small boats, docks, rocks, beaches and the Coast Guard Academy.   

"We are back in the discussion, and the results of this season – especially the Sprints and the IRA, verify that," said Gladstone, who has won 11 national championships in his coaching career. "This was a superb season with more to come."

The junior varsity race was the closest of the morning with Harvard (16:24.9) taking the three-miler by six seconds. It was a classic battle on a gorgeous New England morning.

"We felt it was a really good race, we raced it really hard.   I think it was a true representation of our speed as a boat," said Harry Picone (Brisbane, Australia), who had the four seat in the Yale JV competing for the F. Valentine Chappell Trophy. "It was a bit of a slow race because of the current but the margin was still there and I think it was a good indication of how the crews measured up against each other." 

The two-mile event, typically featuring two freshman boats, was a different breed this year, not just with the 9 a.m. start.

The Elis have newcomers in all three boats and not enough members of the Class of 2016 to make one eight. The Crimson do so their freshman eight raced the Yale third varsity and the result was nearly a 30-second difference.

 

YALE BOATINGS

Varsity Eight

Cox: Oliver Fletcher (Jr., London, United Kingdom); Stroke: Adam Smith (Fr., Auckland, New Zealand); 7: Clemens Barth (So., Berlin, Germany); 6: Thomas Pagel (Fr., Oxford, United Kingdom); 5: Hubert Trzybinski (Fr., Berlin, Germany); 4: Simon Keenan (So., Melbourne, Australia); 3: David DeVries (Fr., San Diego, Calif.); 2: Zachary Johnson (Jr., Ross, Calif.); Bow: Owen Symington (Jr., Melbourne, Australia)

 

Second Varsity

Cox: Chris Carothers (Fr., Kenilworth, Ill.); Stroke: Philippe Mastroyannis (Sr., Washington, D.C.); 7 Gerard Kuenning (Jr., Bow N.H.); 6: Harry Picone (Sr., Brisbane, Australia); 5: Tom Lynam (Sr.,  Alexandria, Va.); 4: Robert Michel (Jr., Cranbury, N.J.); 3: Elliot O'Reilly (Fr., Laissaud, France); 2: Jon Morgan (Sr., Johannesburg, South Africa); Bow: Emery Schoenly (Jr., Salisbury, Conn.)

 

Third Varsity

 

Cox: Campbell Schnebly-Swanson (Jr., Atlanta, Ga.); Stroke: Henry Bird (Fr.,Bedford Hills, N.Y.); 7 Grant Stegelmann (Sr., Darien, Conn.); 6: Ian Suvak (Sr., Arlington, Va.); 5: Grant Olscamp (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio); 4: Lyon Van Voorhis (So., Mattapoisett, Mass.); 3: Lawrence Lopez-Menzies (Jr., Cos Cob, Conn.); 2: Jack McGinn (Fr., Minneapolis, Minn.); Bow: Ron Taitz (So., Laguna Niguel, Calif.)

 

RACING TIMES

Varsity

H – 21:17.6

Y – 21:41.3

 

JV

H - 16:24.9

Y – 16:30.9

 

3rd Varsity

H – 10:29.5

Y – 11:00.8

 

filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director

 

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