Elis Take on Princeton, Cornell
NEW HAVEN, Conn. –Yale's No. 2 ranked heavyweight crew puts its long dual race win streak on the line this Saturday morning on Lake Carnegie when it faces Princeton and Cornell for the Carnegie Cup. The first varsity boat has won 15 consecutive dual races and is 4-0 this spring.
Racing begins at 9 on Saturday and can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network. The weather report is calling for temperatures in the 50s with a North, Northwest wind at eight miles per hour.
The Bulldogs have won the Albert Cup, the Olympic Axe and the Blackwell Cup and are coming off wins over Penn and Columbia last weekend at home on the Housatonic River. The Elis beat the Quakers by nearly three boat lengths in what Steve Gladstone, Yale's Craig W. Johnson '68 Head Coach called the most complete race of the season. It was closer against Dartmouth the week before at home with a serious tail wind.
The Carnegie Cup was introduced in 1921 by Mrs. Andrew Carnegie and has been contested 90 times since then. Princeton has won it 38 times, Cornell 30 times and Yale 22 times. The Bulldogs have taken three straight.
Princeton could be the biggest challenge for the Blue prior to the Sprints Championships in mid-May. The Tigers, who have wins over Georgetown, Navy, Penn and Columbia, fell to Harvard last weekend by four seconds. The guys from Old Nassau should feel more than comfortable racing at home; every contest this spring has been on Lake Carnegie.
The Yale second varsity is also 4-0 with the same victories, while all four boats had wins last weekend at Derby.
by Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD & Sports Publicity Director – email@example.com