NEW HAVEN, Conn. - 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.
At last year's Dodge Cup Regatta, the Y150 battled through tough conditions on the water to pull out a comfortable win in the varsity race. The Elis finished well ahead of third place Columbia, and a strong 5.2 seconds ahead of second place Penn. The Bulldogs also won the Second Varsity, First Freshman, Third Varsity and Second Freshman races, each by margins of more than five seconds. Yale will look to continue its winning ways in the Dodge Cup on Saturday.
In last year's race against Cornell, the Bulldogs won three of five races against the then three-time defending national champions. Among the Elis' three wins, was a crucial 1.5 second victory in the Varsity Eight race. Yale also took home wins in the Second Varsity Eight and Third Varsity Eight races to complete a successful day of racing. The Bulldogs hope to replicate and improve on these results on Sunday.
Both races begin at 9 a.m. and audio from the Dodge Cup Regatta can be heard here.
Report By Arsi Sefaj '11, Yale Sports Publicity