2009-10 Yale Men's Lightweight Crew News

July 6, 2010
Q&A With Lightweight Men’s Coach Andy Card
Recently The Yale Sports Info team sat down with Coach Andy Card, long-time mentor for the Yale lightweight crew. In his long and storied career at Yale, Card’s crews have won multiple IRA and Eastern Sprints championships, as well as HYP, Head of the Charles, and Princeton Chase titles. As he prepares for the upcoming fall campaign in September, Card shared his thoughts on his coaching staffs, the success of his Y150 teams over the last decade, and the outlook for 2011.

July 1, 2010
Newcastle Tops Yale Combo 4+ at Henley
A day after beating the seeded “A” crew from Oxford Brookes, a combination crew of Yale heavyweights and lightweights lost to Newcastle by 1 1/4 lengths in the Henley Royal Regatta’s 4+ Prince Albert Challenge Cup Thursday. The Bulldogs rowed through their competition on Wednesday but could not pull off the same feat Thursday, trailing at the Barrier and at Fawley.

June 5, 2010
Y150 Fourth at IRAs
With a time of 5:39.256, the Yale varsity eight finished fourth at the IRA Championships, in a tight race that saw four crews finish within just over three seconds of winner Princeton. Navy and Harvard finished second and third, respectively. Georgetown, Dartmouth and Penn finished fifth through seventh.

June 4, 2010
Four Advances to Petite Final
The Yale varsity 4+ will race in the petite finals at the IRA Championships tomorrow after finishing fifth with a time of 6:36.511 in its semifinal this morning. The four, which is racing in the heavyweight event, beat Princeton by 10 seconds but finished behind Washington, California, Brown, and Temple. The Bulldogs' lineup was Michael Jonas, Michael LeFevour, Colin Corcoran, Adam Lukasiewicz, and coxswain Regina DeLuna. They will race tomorrow in the petite final at 9:00 a.m. The field includes George Washington, Pennsylvania, Princeton, Syracuse, and Temple.

June 3, 2010
Lightweight 4+ advances to Semifinals
The first day of the IRA Championships was a successful one for the Y150, as a coxed four made up of lightweight oarsmen racing in the heavyweight varsity four advanced to the semifinals following a second-place finish in its heat. Yale finished with a time of 6:28.951, two seconds behind Wisconsin and 11 seconds ahead of third-place finisher Temple. Holy Cross, Drexel, and Loyola rounded out the heat. The four's lineup is made up of Adam Lukasiewicz, Colin Corcoran, Michael LeFevour, Michael Jonas, and coxswain Regina DeLuna.

June 1, 2010
Lightweights to Race for National Title
After three weeks of hard training following a third-place finish at the Eastern Sprints, the Yale lightweight crew team travels to Camden, N.J., this weekend to race at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship on the Cooper River. In the varsity lightweight eight, Yale's performance over the course of the season earned the Bulldogs a spot in the seven-boat final that will determine the national champion. The race, which will take place at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, features Dartmouth, Georgetown, Harvard, Navy, Penn, Princeton and Yale. The Bulldogs are currently ranked third in the country behind No. 1 Princeton and No. 2 Harvard. Yale's probable lineup is Greg Hausheer, Noah McColl, Rich Littlehale, William Zeng, Jeremy Hopkins, John Grunyk, Brendan McCook, Andrew Hakanson and coxswain Stephen Dobeck.

May 20, 2010
Andrew Hakanson Named 2010-2011 Captain
The members of the Yale lightweight rowing team gathered Monday to elect Andrew Hakanson as captain for the 2010-2011 season. Hakanson, who stroked the varsity eight to a third-place finish at Eastern Sprints on Sunday, succeeds Brendan McCook as Y150 captain.

May 16, 2010
Lightweights Third at Sprints
The Yale lightweight varsity didn't find the yellow brick road, but they did find their way to the medal dock after the 1V and 2V races today on windy Lake Quinsigamond. The Y150 varsity, seeded 5th, chased top-ranked Harvard in both the heat and the final. The final was a classic Sprints race, with Princeton setting the hot pace early, with Harvard and Yale giving chase, separating themselves from the pack behind of Navy, Dartmouth, and Penn.

May 15, 2010
No. 5 Lightweights Gear Up For EARC Sprints
The Yale lightweight crew team is preparing for a big day of racing this upcoming Sunday, May 16. The Bulldogs are set to compete in the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges Sprints, a race that also determines the Ivy League Championship. Since their last regatta against Harvard and Princeton, the lightweights have had two weeks of time to prepare for the Eastern Sprints and will look to show improvements when they head to Worcester, MA this weekend.

May 1, 2010
Lightweights Come Up Short Against Harvard, Princeton
The Yale lightweight crew team had a disappointing finish at the annual Harvard-Yale-Princeton Regatta. The regatta took place on Saturday morning and was hosted by Princeton, on Lake Carnegie. The Bulldogs missed out on both the Goldthwait Cup for the varsity race and the Vogel Cup for overall team points. Though Yale won both the second freshman race and the third varsity race, Harvard took home both the Goldthwait Cup and the Vogel Cup.

April 30, 2010
No. 4 Bulldogs Take on No. 2 Harvard, No. 1 Princeton
On Saturday, May 1st the Yale lightweight crew team will compete in races against Harvard and Princeton for the Goldthwait Cup and Vogel Cup. This year, the races will be hosted by Princeton on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J. The Harvard-Yale-Princeton Regatta has been contested almost every year since 1922, with the Goldthwait Cup awarded to the winner of the varsity race and Vogel Cup awarded for overall team points. This year should prove to be very hotly contested between the three rivals, as all four crews will come into the Regatta ranked in the top four in the country.

April 25, 2010
Yale, Dartmouth Finish Durand Cup Race in Dead Heat
On Saturday, Apr. 24, the Yale lightweight crew team took on Dartmouth for the annual Durand Cup race. The Bulldogs have won the Durand Cup for the past two years, but they were unable to continue their winning streak on Saturday--not yet anyway. The varsity race, which determines the winner of the Durand Cup, ended in a dead heat. The race was too close to call and the video review equipment available at the boathouse proved insufficient to shed further light on the situation. For the time being, the decision has been deferred pending further analysis. Meanwhile, Yale did win all three of the other races on the day.

April 23, 2010
Lightweights Take on Dartmouth for Durand Cup
The Yale lightweight crew team will race Dartmouth for the Durand Cup on Saturday, Apr. 24. The annual Durand Cup race will be hosted by Dartmouth on the Connecticut River in Hanover, N.H. Yale has won the Durand Cup for the past two years, and the Y150 will look to build on its success from last weekend, to win the Durand Cup for the third year in a row.

April 18, 2010
No. 4 Bulldogs Plough Through No. 6 Columbia, No. 7 Cornell, No. 9 Penn
The No. 4 Yale lightweight crew team finished up a very busy and successful weekend of races, with big victories against No. 6 Columbia, No. 7 Cornell, and No. 9 Penn. On Saturday, the lightweights took on Columbia and Penn in the annual Dodge Cup race, and defended the Dodge Cup for seventh straight year. Moreover, the Bulldogs won all four of the races that day, including the Second Varsity Eight, the Freshman Eight and the Third Varsity Eight. On Sunday, the Elis handily defeated Cornell in the varsity race for the second straight year. Yale also took home wins in the Second Varsity Eight and the Second Freshman Eight.

April 15, 2010
Lightweights Take on Columbia, Penn, Cornell
The Yale lightweight crew team has a busy weekend ahead of it, as it takes on Penn and Columbia on Saturday for the Dodge Cup, and Cornell for a dual race on Sunday. Saturday's Regatta will be hosted by Penn in Philadelphia, Penn. Sunday's race will be hosted by Cornell in Ithaca, NY. The Bulldogs have made a habit of winning the Dodge Cup, as they have only lost it twice since 1978. In last year's analogous race against Cornell, the Elis narrowly defeated the Big Red.

April 11, 2010
Bulldogs Defend Joy Cup, Sneak Past Georgetown
On Saturday, Apr. 10, the Yale lightweight crew team won all five of the races in which it participated. The annual meeting with MIT for possession of the Joy Cup was hosted by the Engineers on the Charles River in Cambridge, Mass. Georgetown is an invited guest at the Joy Cup, and the Hoyas participated in every race. Despite difficult conditions on the water, the Elis pulled out wins in the Third Varsity Fours, the Second Freshman race, the Second Varsity race, the Freshman race and the Varsity race.

April 9, 2010
Lightweights Take on MIT, Georgetown
The Yale lightweight crew team will race MIT and Georgetown on Saturday, Apr. 10. Yale and MIT will compete for the Joy Cup, and Georgetown will participate in the race as an invited guest. The race will be hosted by MIT in Cambridge, Mass. and will begin at 7 am. The Bulldogs have won the Joy Cup for 30 consecutive years, and will look to make it 31 on Saturday.

April 4, 2010
Yale Wins Two of Five Against Navy
The Yale lightweight crew team won two of its five races against Navy, in the seventh annual installation of the Johnson Cup. The races were held on Saturday, Apr. 3, on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J. The Bulldogs won the Second Varsity Eight and the First Freshman Eight races, but fell in the Second Freshman Eight, the Third Varsity Eight, and the Varsity Eight. Yale's loss in the varsity race gave Navy the Johnson Cup for the first time in the last three years.

April 2, 2010
Lightweights to Begin Season with Johnson Cup
The Yale lightweight crew team will begin its spring season Saturday Apr. 3, with a race against Navy for the Johnson Cup. The race will take place on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J. This will mark the seventh year since the inception of the Johnson Cup series between Yale and Navy. Thus far, each team has won three times, with Yale winning the last two races consecutively.

March 24, 2010
Lightweight Crew to Kick Off Spring Season
The Yale lightweight crew team will begin its spring season on Saturday, Apr. 3, with its annual race against Navy, for the Johnson Cup. For the Bulldogs, the race will mark the beginning of a three-month stretch of racing events that will culminate with the IRA National Regatta in early June. The lightweights will look to recreate and surpass the successes of the past two seasons, when they finished in third and second place nationally.

November 8, 2009
Freshmen Take Second at Green Monster
The Yale lightweight freshmen recorded the second-fastest cumulative time among all lightweight crews at the Green Monster on Saturday. The annual freshman-only race, held by the Dartmouth coaches on the Connecticut River in New Hampshire, includes multiple entries from each school and is open to both lightweight and heavyweight crews. It is a head style race, where the winner is chosen by adding the top two times from each school and determining the fastest combined time.

November 8, 2009
Lightweights To Wrap Up Fall Season With Green Monster
On Saturday, Nov. 7, the Yale lightweight crew team will participate in the Green Monster race on the Connecticut River in Hanover, N.H. The Green Monster is a three mile long, head style race organized by the Dartmouth crew coaches every year. It is a freshman only race and it includes entries of both heavyweight and lightweight crews.

October 26, 2009
Bulldogs Fourth at Princeton Three-Mile Chase
The Yale men's lightweight crew team turned in a strong all-around performance at the Princeton Three-Mile Chase this Sunday. The Bulldogs took fourth, sixth and 20th place in the Men's Varsity Lightweight Eights at Lake Carnegie. Yale also took fifth and 10th place in the Men's Freshman Lightweight Eights, as well as fourth, eighth, 10th and 38th in the Men's Varsity Lightweight Fours. In the small boats, Yale took spots 12 through 15, as well as 28.

October 23, 2009
Lightweights Gear Up For Princeton Three-Mile Chase
The Yale men's lightweight crew team will continue its fall season this Sunday, Oct. 25, with the Princeton Three-Mile Chase regatta. The Princeton Three-Mile Chase is an invitational head-race for men and women’s collegiate crews, and it will take place on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, NJ.

October 19, 2009
Elis Top Collegiate Finishers in Lightweight Fours
The Yale men's lightweight crew team finished first among all collegiate crews in the Men's Lightweight Fours event at the Head of the Charles regatta in Cambridge, Mass., this past weekend. Yale had two entries in the event and the Bulldogs took fourth and sixth places, separated only by perennial foe Navy. The lightweights also finished sixth in the Men's Lightweight Eights.

October 16, 2009
Bulldogs to Continue Season with Head of the Charles
The Yale men’s lightweight crew team will take part in the Head of the Charles regatta in Cambridge, Mass., this Sunday, Oct. 18. The Head of the Charles is a very competitive regatta given that every EARC crew is given entry into the event. Thus, the Elis will be facing familiar foes in Cornell, Harvard, Navy and Princeton as well New York Athletic Club and Riverside Boat Club, both nationally competitive rowing clubs. The Bulldogs will have two lightweight eights and two lightweight fours racing in the regatta.

October 10, 2009
Lightweights Take First Place at Housatonic
The Yale lightweight crew team began its fall season with the Head of the Housatonic regatta on Saturday Oct 10. The Bulldogs took first, second, fourth, sixth, ninth and tenth place in the Men's Open Pairs. They took fourth, seventh and ninth place in the Collegiate Men's Eights. Meanwhile the Elis took third, fifth and ninth place in the Collegiate Men's fours and third place in the Men's Novice Eights.

October 8, 2009
Lightweight Crew Will Open Fall Season With Head of the Housatonic
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - On Saturday, Oct. 10 the Yale men’s lightweight crew team will begin its fall season with the 15th installment of the Head of the Housatonic regatta. The race will be held in Derby, Conn. and will be the first to include the class of 2012 as part of the varsity crew. The race will also be the first since the lightweight varsity eight took the silver at the IRA National Regatta last June.

August 3, 2009
Farrell Named Freshman Lightweight Coach for the Yale 150s
Colin Farrell, three-time national team oarsman and 2008 World Champion in the lightweight eight, has been named the freshman lightweight coach for the Yale 150s. Head coach Andy Card made the announcement Monday.

June 22, 2009
Brendan McCook Elected Lightweight Crew Captain
Brendan McCook, a rising senior from McLean, Va., has been named captain of the Yale lightweight crew for the 2009-2010 season. McCook was elected by his teammates to succeed Daniel Ensslen.