No. 3 Yale Prepares for Dodge Cup

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After winning all four races against Georgetown and MIT on the Housatonic River last weekend, the Yale lightweight rowing squad will race again on its home course this Saturday, facing Penn and Columbia. Yale's varsity eight will compete for the Dodge Cup, which the Bulldogs have won 30 times in the last 32 years.

Following its 1.1-second victory over Georgetown, the Yale varsity vaulted to No. 3 in the USRowing lightweight men's poll. Columbia and Penn are ranked No. 9 and No. 10, respectively. Columbia is coming off a six-second loss to Navy while Penn fell to No. 2 Harvard last weekend.

At last year's Dodge Cup regatta, Yale swept Penn and Columbia on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. In the varsity eights, Yale defeated Penn by 2.5 seconds, finishing in a time of 5:54.3. Columbia was roughly eight seconds back in third.

The Dodge Cup represents the halfway mark of the regular season, as the third regular season race for the Bulldogs, out of six total. Penn and Columbia are the first Ivy opponents for the Elis in 2011, and the Dodge Cup inaugurates the Ivy League part of the schedule, as the rest of Yale's regular season opponents are Ivies.

All three Yale crews will race Saturday on the Housatonic. The women's team will race Princeton and Ohio State from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The lightweights and heavyweights, who wiill also be racing Penn and Columbia, will then alternate races beginning at 9:30 a.m. The tentative schedule is as follows:

9:30 LWT 4V/2F 4+

9:45 HWT 3V

10:00 LWT 1F

10:15 HWT 1F

10:30 LWT 2V

10:45 HWT 2V

11:00 LWT 1V

11:15 HWT 1V

11:30 LWT 3V 4+

11:45 HWT 4V/2F 4+

Yale's Gilder Boathouse is located at 280 Roosevelt Drive in Derby, Conn.  Directions can be found here. Spectator buses will leave from Payne Whitney Gymnasium.

Report Filed by Trey Chandler '11, Yale Sports Publicity