No. 4 Yale Prepared for Sunday's EARC Sprints

Trey Chandler. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale lightweights will travel to Worcester, Mass., this weekend for the Eastern Sprints regatta to compete for the EARC and Ivy League titles. Sunday's racing will feature 10 of the top-12 ranked lightweight crews in the nation, with only the top seven finishers qualifying for the IRA National Championship on June 4.

Sprints marks Yale's first competition in two weeks, and captain Andrew Hakanson '11 expressed confidence in the entire team's preparedness for Sunday's regatta.

"The past two weeks of practice have been productive, and we look forward to some very competitive racing for all boats," said Hakanson. "We train year-round with the goal of winning Eastern Sprints in our minds. It is sort of surreal when the race finally comes around, and I am excited to see what our team will be able to accomplish."

Yale's first crew to race on Sunday will be the fourth varsity/second freshman combination eight, which will square off against Princeton and Navy in a finals-only race at 8:50 a.m. Yale is seeded second, behind Navy.

The third varsity eight will also race in a finals-only format at 1:40 p.m. The top-seeded Yale 3V enters the race undefeated and will be positioned in Lane 0 for the seven-boat final.

Yale's other three crews will accumulate points for the Jope Cup, awarded for team supremacy at the Eastern Sprints, and must finish in the top three of their morning heats to advance to grand finals in the afternoon.

The first freshman eight finished the season undefeated with a one-foot comeback victory over Princeton two weeks ago. As a result, the Bulldogs are seeded first, and will face Cornell, Harvard, Dartmouth and Georgetown in their heat at 9:12 a.m.

One hour later, at 10:12 a.m., Yale's second varsity, seeded fourth, will race top-ranked Harvard, as well as Navy, Columbia and Georgetown for a spot in the grand final.

Harvard also holds the top seed in the varsity eight and will race alongside No. 4 Yale in the event's first heat at 11:48 a.m. Joining the two longtime rivals will be Navy, Penn, and Columbia.

The EARC, in conjunction with Princeton University Men's Rowing, will provide live audio and video coverage throughout the regatta.

Live audio coverage can be found here.

Live video coverage can be found here.

Race Schedule

8:50 a.m.         4V/2F Grand Final

9:12 a.m.         1F Heat #1 (Yale, Cornell, Harvard, Dartmouth, Georgetown)

10:12 a.m.       2V Heat #1 (Harvard, Yale, Navy, Columbia, Georgetown)

11:48 a.m.       1V Heat #1 (Harvard, Yale, Navy, Penn, Columbia)

1:40 p.m.         3V Grand Final (Yale, Cornell, Navy, Harvard, Princeton, Dartmouth, Penn)

2:25 p.m.         1F Grand Final – The Gary W. Kilpatrick Cup

3:37 p.m.         2V Grand Final – The Cornell Trophy

5:31 p.m.         1V Grand Final – The Joseph Wright Trophy

Report Filed by Yale Sports Publicity