NEW HAVEN, Conn. – 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.
On Saturday, there will be two winning streaks on the line. Yale has won the Vogel Cup for overall points for the past two seasons, and Princeton has won the Goldthwait Cup for the varsity race for the past two seasons. Princeton is the defending national champion, and heads into the race undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the country. Harvard also boasts an undefeated record and is ranked No. 2 in the country. Meanwhile, Yale has lost just once to No. 3 ranked Navy, in the first race of the spring season. Last weekend, the Bulldogs also had a dead heat against No. 6 Dartmouth. Otherwise, the Elis have defeated No. 10 MIT, No. 9 Columbia, No. 8 Penn, No. 7 Cornell and No. 5 Georgetown. Yale is currently ranked No. 4 in the country.
To add further drama to this weekend's Regatta, all three second varsity boats will enter the race undefeated thus far this season. Only one crew will be able to continue to boast such a record by the end of the weekend. In the lower boats, Harvard's first freshman, third varsity and second freshman boats are all ranked highest of the three schools.
At last year's H-Y-P Regatta, Yale played host to Harvard and Princeton. The Bulldogs came in third in the varsity race, but did win the Vogel Cup for overall points. Despite losing the first varsity race to Princeton, the Bulldogs did come away with wins in the second varsity eight, third varsity eight and first freshman eight races, all of which were closely contested. Harvard won only the second freshman race. Overall, the point standings at the end of the day were: Yale 30, Princeton 29, Harvard 21.
Yale will look to repeat those results this year and also improve its performance in the varsity race. In recent years, Yale has been a team that really improves over the course of the season then comes on very strong at the end. As a result, these early rankings may or may not carry much import, and there is a good chance the varsity crews will shuffle around quite a bit on Saturday.
Racing will begin at 10 a.m. Princeton will be providing a live video feed of the races on their website, here.
Report By Arsi Sefaj '11, Yale Sports Publicity