April 23, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - It has been a year since the Carnegie Cup left the hands of Yale's heavyweight crews. The three crews competing for the cup, Yale, Princeton and Cornell, will meet again this weekend in Ithaca, N.Y. to determine who will hold it for the next.
In 2007 the varsity boat won the trophy for the first time in head coach John Pescatore's tenure. The `07 Bulldogs won two out of five events: the third varsity eight and the all-important varsity eight. In both races, the Bulldogs had two-second margins over the second-place finishers. Last year the team had to return the Carnegie Cup to Princeton. The first and second varsity boats finished in third place. The third varsity and first freshman eights both saw second-place finishes. Only the second freshman eight saw first place.
This year's Carnegie Cup looks to be just as competitive. The No. 9 Cornell varsity has beaten George Washington, Syracuse and Navy this season and will go into this weekend undefeated for the spring. No. 14 Princeton's varsity has beaten Penn and lost to Columbia, Harvard and MIT.
On Saturday, the freshman eight will race at 8:40 a.m. followed by the junior varsity eight at 9:05 a.m. The varsity and cup determining race will take place at 9:30 a.m. The third varsity wraps up the morning of racing at 9:55 a.m.
Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity