October 19, 2008

Heavyweights Conclude Racing on the Charles

Oct. 19, 2008

BOSTON, Mass. - Yale's heavyweight crews have concluded a weekend of highly competitive racing at the Charles. The club eight, which raced on Saturday, took fifth place. On Sunday, the championship four took twentieth place with a minute of penalties. The championship eight took eleventh.

The club eight completed the Charles course on Saturday in 15:28.98 for fifth place. Harvard took first (15:03.94) and third (15:24.33). Northeastern placed second (15:09.35) and Lincoln Park Boat club claimed fourth (15:27.56).

On Sunday, the championship four of senior Pieter Morgan, captain Andrew Collard, sophomore Derek Johnson, junior Lucas Spielfogel and junior coxswain Rebecca Burgoyne-Allen posted a time of 17:16.004. Head coach John Pescatore explained the Bulldogs' 20th-place finish in the championship fours was a result of a collision with another team. In addition, a penalty of one minute was tacked on to the crew's actual time to give 18:16.004.

"They were pretty good until the problem," Pescatore said. "I'm still trying to figure out what the penalty was for."

Captain Andrew Collard said the boat had to stop in the middle of the race in order to correct the course because of the collision.

"There were some equipment problems during the race, so the results weren't as good as they could've been," he said.

Still, Collard was optimistic about the results.

"It was a pretty good outcome in general," he said. "We can improve on everything. There's always room for improvement." The USRowing Training Center won the event in a time of 15:57.34.

The championship eight took eleventh place in a time of 14:49.35. The University of Washington won the event in a time of 14:28.09. In second place was Brown (14:29.78). Third place went to the French crew from Aviron Nancy (14:30.48).

The Bulldogs are on the road again next weekend. They will compete at the Princeton Chase. Pescatore explained that the competition at the event is usually pretty good. Princeton, the host of the regatta, won last year, he noted.

"They're really good," Pescatore commented. "We're certainly going to do our best."

Report filed by Dominique Fenton '10, Yale Sports Publicity