HENLEY-ON-THAMES, England - Yale's lightweight coxed four made history at the Henley Royal Regatta on Saturday. The Bulldogs became the first foreign boat to reach the final in the Prince Albert Challenge Cup. Yale defeated Reading University A by a length, finishing with a time of 7 minutes, 15 seconds.
In the boat for the Bulldogs were coxswain Ian Schmertzler, Brendan McCook, Andrew Kaiser, Philip Lang and Daniel Ensslen.
Yale rowed from behind to overtake a Reading crew that outweighed them by about two stone (or 28 pounds) a man. Reading was ahead at both the Barrier and Fawley, but a strong push in the second half of the course put Yale's bow ahead and into the final. Reading had the lead for most of the race, leading at the 1/4 mile signal, the Barrier, and at Fawley. At most, Reading had a 3/4 to 1 length lead, but Yale used a number of pushes in the second half of the race to break down Reading's early advantage. The crowd was really behind the local lads from Reading as they came into the Enclosure, but by then Yale had taken a canvas lead and went on to push it out to a 1 length lead for the win.
The Bulldogs reached the semifinal by defeating Durham University 'A' on Wednesday and Imperial College London on Friday
The Bulldogs race Oxford Brookes University in Sunday's final.
To see video of Yale's victory visit http://www.youtube.com/YaleAthletics and look under recent activity.