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YH Regatta Saturday at 9 AM

Head Coach Steve Gladstone congratulates his national champion varsity eight (Joel Furtek photo)
Head Coach Steve Gladstone congratulates his national champion varsity eight (Joel Furtek photo)

National Champs Face Rivals in Most Anticipated Event

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Two of the fastest boats in the history of collegiate rowing will compete against each other on the Thames River this Saturday morning in the 152nd edition of America's oldest intercollegiate athletics event, the Yale-Harvard Regatta. The Bulldog heavyweight varsity eight, coming off a national championship less than a week ago, takes on the archrival Crimson in one of the most anticipated Yale-Harvard Regattas in many years.

SCHEDULE

The morning of upstream racing begins with a 9:15 two-mile dash featuring the third varsity boats. The second varsity event, which is three miles, should start at 10. After all the launches cruise down the Thames to the Gold Star Bridge to set up for the featured, marathon of varsity crews, the four-mile contest could be under way at 11.

WATCH, LISTEN

All three events, which finish at Bartlett's Cove, can be seen on the Ivy League Network and heard on WICH (AM 1310) Radio. Yale Lightweight Coach Andy Card and former Harvard rower Greg Stone provide the call. The best place to watch the racing in person is on the New London side (opposite the boat houses) of the Thames. Most fans gather at the Cove to watch the last quarter of the race and be close to the oarsmen at the finish.

1V

The battle of undefeated (6-0) first varsities has not included a pair of top three nationally ranked boats in recent times. They rowed 2,000 meters (1.25 miles) at the IRAs, so this is anyone's race. Yale won its first national title last Sunday by edging Washington, Harvard and Princeton in the grand final on Lake Natoma in Sacramento, Calif. The Elis (5:29.900) had a relatively comfortable (but less than a length) lead until a very late push by the Huskies (5:29.969) was a near miss. Harvard was third at 5:33.455. The Yale boat, which edged the Cantabs by less than a second at Eastern Sprints, has been the same for most of the season other than having to replace captain and No. 2 seat oarsman Robert Hurn at IRAs because of an illness. Freshman Jonathan Winter got the call and helped power the Elis to a title.

2V

The Bulldogs (5:40.824) and Crimson (5:41.188), who finished fourth and fifth respectively in California last week, were very close in the two previous meetings as well. Yale's 2V, which also finished ahead of Harvard at the EARC Sprints, had the same lineup for most of the spring until Winter was needed in the first boat. The Elis are 6-0 while the Cantabs come in at 5-1.

3V

Harvard has finished in front of Yale at both Eastern Sprints and nationals, and both are 6-0 in dual racing this spring. It was nearly a two-second difference last week with the Crimson at 5:49.357 and Yale finishing 5:51.626. The difference this Saturday could be having the captain in the Eli boat. Hurn, who stayed in Connecticut to help coach the fourth varsity (two-mile 4V or "combination" race is Friday at 5 p.m.) last week, has regained much of his strength being hit with mononucleosis. He has not raced since the middle of May at Worcester, but he could be a motivational force for the Blue.

HISTORY

The Yale varsity won in 2015 and would have repeated last spring if not for a judging error. The Bulldogs had a sizeable lead off the start before the Crimson boat swamped a few minutes into the race. Harvard leads the overall series 95-55.

GLADSTONE

Steve Gladstone, Yale's Craig W. Johnson '68 Head Coach, whose 12 IRA Championships rank second among all coaches, was named EARC Coach of the Year after leading the 1V to its school-record third straight Sprints title. He is responsible for Yale winning it first national title in 2017.  Here are some quotes from the legendary coach at Wednesday's Regatta Media Day.

On Yale's Senior Class

"What immediately comes to mind is the leadership. This class includes the people who really started the ball rolling [on our string of success]. This class - by every measurable criteria - has been distinguished. This captain is the best I've ever had, and the most effective. This class is the one that took the risk from a rowing standpoint. There were obviously options that looked brighter, but they wanted to be here, and they've accomplished a whole lot".

On the Matchup

"You're talking about two crews that were within a second of each other at the Eastern Sprints, and two crews that were within three seconds of each other at the National Championships. It is a contest where both camps have a lot of success. They're [both] highly motivated, so whichever crew comes out on top on Saturday is going to be feeling pretty good."

On Beating Harvard

"A win on Saturday would be the frosting on the cake".

ROBERT HURN

Yale senior captain Robert Hurn did not beat Harvard in this event his freshman year, but he has won every other dual contest he has rowed for the Bulldogs. Here are some of his thoughts heading into the weekend.

On the Yale Squad

"The team is special because of the number of guys we have who love rowing and are committed to the sport. We have 8 seniors and every single one just loves getting out there and competing".

On The Success at IRAs

 "A lot of people had written us off, and they put us out of the picture, so racing like that is sometimes easier when you're unburdened by pressure".

On Decision to Come to Yale

"We came here because we wanted to win, and we wanted to win all of the races. Steve [Gladstone] told us that we have to believe, we have to come here, row, and make it special."

On A Win over Harvard

"The perfect way to end my career would be for all four boats to win the race."

On His Philosophy

"Very early [in your career], when you start rowing, you quickly learn it's never about you, it's always about the team".

                     YALE HEAVYWEIGHT CREW BOATINGS 2017 

 

                          VARSITY – Boat Name: Class of 1983 

 
 

Position

Name

Class

Height

Weight

Hometown/High School

 

 

Cox

Grant Louis

Jr.

5'8"

130

Hinsdale, IL / Deerfield Academy

 
 

Stroke

Stephan Riemekasten

Sr.

6'4"

180

Berlin, GER / Alexander von Humboldt

 
 

7

Sholto Carnegie

Jr.

6'6"

192

Oxford, UK / The Cherwell School

 
 

6

Charlie Elwes

So.

6'7"

215

Newbury, UK / Radley College

 
 

5

Paul Jacquot

Jr.

6'8"

215

Chalon-sur-Saone, FRA / Institution des Chartreux

 
 

4

Nate Goodman

Sr.

6'4"

200

Montclair, NJ / Montclair

 
 

3

Thomas Digby

Fr.

6'5"

220

Oxfordshire, UK / Abingdon School

 
 

2

Jonathan Winter

Fr.

6'5"

195

Auckland, NZL / Mount Albert Grammar School

 
 

Bow

Ollie Wynne-Griffith

Sr.

6'6"

205

London, UK / Radley College

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                           

JUNIOR VARSITY – Boat Name: Sophie Two

Position

Name

Class

Height

Weight

Hometown/High School

 

Cox

Woods Connell

Fr.

5'8"

125

Bethesda, MD / Gonzaga College

 

Stroke

Seth Bartlett

So.

6'4"

195

Pacifica, CA / Junipero Serra

 

7

Kevin Kiernan

Jr.

6'5"

200

Hatfield, PA / St. Joseph's Prep

 

6

Leonard Jenkins

Fr.

6'7"

200

Whakatane, NZL / Whakatane

 

5

John Risbergs

Sr.

6'5"

208

Islip, NY / St. Anthony's

 

4

Thomas Beck

Fr.

6'5"

200

Sandy, UT / Waterford School

 

3

Garth Holden

Fr.

6'8"

200

Johannesburg, ZAF / St. Benedicts College

 

2

Henry Kamp

Fr.

6'4"

197

Sydney, AUS / The Scots College

 

Bow

Peter Tortora

Sr.

6'2"

185

Fairfield, CT / Fairfield Prep

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 THIRD VARSITY                    

 

Position

Name

Class

Height

Weight

Hometown/High School

 

Cox

Thomas Fant

So.

5'8"

125

Kentfield, CA / Redwood

 

Stroke

Thomas Bischoff

Fr.

6'4"

210

Califon, NJ / The Lawrenceville School

 

7

Cole Tilden

Jr.

6'8"

205

Cincinnati, OH / St. Xavier

 

6

Bryan DeVries

Jr.

6'8"

210

San Diego, CA / Culver Military Academy

 

5

Will Powers

Fr.

6'5"

200

Greenwich, CT / Brunswick School

 

4

Samuel Helms

Jr.

6'3"

190

Ely, MN / Phillips Exeter Academy

 

3

Angus Morrison

So.

6'4"

182

Brisbane, AUS / Brisbane Grammar School

 

2

Robert Hurn

Sr.

6'5"

187

Brisbane, AUS/ Anglican Church Grammar School

 

Bow

Edgar Staunton

Fr.

6'2"

      195

Fairfield, CT / The Lawrenceville School

 

FOURTH VARSITY

Position

Name

Class

Height

Weight

Hometown/High School

 

Cox

Sophia Kane

Jr.

5'7"

115

Olympia, WA / Olympia

 

Stroke

Jack Webber

So.

6'1"

235

Chester, UK / The King's School

 

7

Jack Palmer

So.

6'4"

195

Radnor, PA / Radnor

 

6

Robin Molen-Grigull

Sr.

6'2"

188

Sydney, AUS / Pittwater House

 

5

Peter Zablocki

So.

6'1"

185

McLean, VA / Thomas Jefferson Science and Tech

 

4

Magruder Dent

Fr.

6'4"

190

Chevy Chase, MD / St. Albans

 

3

Nikita Kvasniov

Fr.

6'4"

180

London, UK / Highgate School

 

2

Andrew Joyce

So.

6'4"

195

Marin, CA / San Rafael

 

Bow

Alex Lindsay

So.

6' 6"

172

Kent, UK / Eton College

 

By Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD & Sports Publicity Director – steven.conn@yale.edu