NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After opening its season with wins over the Naval Academy in four of five events in the Johnson Cup, including the varsity eight, the Yale lightweight rowing team will return to the friendly waters of the Housatonic to race at home for the first time this year on Saturday. The lightweights will compete with M.I.T. for the Joy Cup, with Georgetown as an invited guest for the fourth year running.
Like the Bulldogs, both M.I.T. and Georgetown have raced once already this season. M.I.T. began its season on March 29th, finishing behind both Princeton and Navy in the varsity and freshman eights. Last Saturday, Georgetown squared off against Princeton and Columbia in competition for the Fosburgh Cup on Lake Carnegie in Princeton. Though falling to the Tigers in all four events, the Hoyas defeated Columbia in the varsity eight by nearly 10 seconds.
At last year's Joy Cup regatta, Yale won all five races against M.I.T. and Georgetown, as a strong headwind and considerable chop on the Charles River resulted in atypically slow times. In the varsity eight, Yale edged Georgetown for a .9-second win, finishing in a time of 6:53.6, with M.I.T. back in 7:11.3. Though Yale has won the Joy Cup consistently since 1979, Georgetown won the varsity race the last time it was held on the Housatonic, in 2009.
Prior to last week's racing, the USRowing lightweight men's eight poll had Georgetown ranked No. 4 with Yale at No. 6. M.I.T. is ranked No. 11.
Competition begins at 9:00 a.m. In addition to the lightweight racing, the Yale heavyweights will race Dartmouth.
9 a.m. Heavyweight Third Varsity Eight
9:20 a.m. Lightweight First Freshman Eight
9:40 a.m. Heavyweight First Freshman Eight
10 a.m. Lightweight Second Varsity Eight
10:20 a.m. Heavyweight Second Varsity Eight
10:40 a.m. Lightweight Varsity Eight-The Joy Cup
11 a.m. Heavyweight Varsity Eight-The Olympic Axe
11:20 a.m. Lightweight Second Freshman and Fourth Varsity Eights
11:40 a.m. Heavyweight Second Freshman and Fourth Varsity Eights
Report Filed by Trey Chandler '11, Yale Sports Publicity