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Heavyweights Compete for Olympic Axe at Home

Heavyweights Compete for Olympic Axe at Home

NEW HAVEN, Conn.- The Yale heavyweight crew will host Dartmouth at home when the two teams compete for the Olympic Axe this Saturday, Apr. 12.  This will be the Bulldogs' second race of the spring season and first in a series of three consecutive weekends of racing.


Yale opened its season of dual-racing three weekends ago against Brown, defeating the Bears in two out of the three races that day.  Yale's first varsity and second varsity were the first to cross the finish line in their respective races, with the third varsity eight coming across the finish line just behind Brown in the final race of the day.


Dartmouth's heavyweight squad also only has one day of racing under their belts so far this season, having competed against Columbia and Holy Cross last weekend.  In that contest, the Big Green was able to win only the fourth varsity race.  In all the races between the faster boats, Dartmouth finished second behind Columbia and before Holy Cross.


This weekend will mark the ten-year anniversary of the competition for the Olympic Axe, which was first raced for in 2004.  In each of the nine meetings since its creation, the Bulldogs, who will look to continue their streak this Saturday, have claimed the Axe.


"It has been a couple of weeks since we last raced so I think everyone is chomping at the bit wanting to get back out on the water and compete," said senior veteran Grant "Skip" Olscamp. "We've done some internal competition, but the real fun is race day, duking it out with another crew." 


 8:00- Second Varsity Eights

8:45- Varsity Eights

9:30- Third Varsity Eights

Spectator busses will be departing from Payne Whitney Gymnasium at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.  Gilder Boathouse is located at 280 Roosevelt Dr, Derby, CT, and is the best location for viewing the races.

Report filed by Ari Zimmet '16, Yale Sports Publicity