Yale Varsity Finishes Second in Petite Final

April 5, 2009

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Yale's 1V closed out its three-day trip to San Diego, Calif., with a second place finish in the petite final of the Collegiate Varsity Invitational. Syracuse, which posted a faster time in the prelims, ended up taking first in the petite.

The Yale varsity was in the lead for the first 500 meters of the 2000-meter piece with a 1:28.55 split to Syracuse's 1:28.65, OSU's 1:30.79, Michigan's 1:31.17 and Purdue's 1:32.12. However, by the half-way mark, Yale slipped to a close second behind Syracuse, 3:02.35 to 3:02.79. The Bulldogs were unable to walk back on Syracuse and finished the third 500 meters 1.27 seconds behind Syracuse. When the eights crossed the finish line, the Syracuse lead had increased to 3.13 seconds. Yale finished second in a time of 6:11.13, 3.04 seconds ahead of third-place OSU.

Collegiate Varsity Invitational Petite Final:
Sunday, Apr. 5, 2009

1. Syracuse 6:08.00
2. Yale 6:11.13
3. OSU 6:14.17
4. Michigan 6:15.62
5. Purdue 6:18.29

The winner of the grand final and the 2009 Copley Cup this year was California in a time of 5:51.80. In second place were the defending champions from Washington. In third came Harvard. Stanford, Brown and Princeton rounded out the top-six.

The Bulldogs will spend the coming week preparing for their only home regatta of the year. Dartmouth comes to the Gilder Boathouse in search of the Olympic Axe on Apr. 11.

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity

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