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Yale Falls to Harvard at Henley

Yale's Varsity Eight (Photo Courtesy Chad Bailey)
Yale's Varsity Eight (Photo Courtesy Chad Bailey)

Henley-on-Thames, U.K. – The national-champion Yale lightweights fell this morning to the Harvard heavyweight freshman at the Henley Royal Regatta, ending their bid for the Temple Challenge Cup in the quarterfinals. The Bulldogs were unable to overcome a strong move at the halfway point by the Crimson, eventually falling by ¾ length.

In a moderate tailwind, Yale used a quick start to take the lead coming into the Barrier, crossing the marker at 1:48, one second shy of the previous event record. By Fawley, Harvard had taken the lead by less than a seat, reaching the marker in 3:02. The Crimson took a lead of about one length shortly afterwards and Yale was unable to close the gap. Harvard's time of 6:12 was an event record at Henley by two seconds, breaking Oxford Brookes' 16-year old record. While official times of losing crews are not officially released at Henley, Yale's time would have likely equaled or broken the previous record.

With the loss, Yale ends its national championship season. Harvard will face Cal tomorrow in the semifinals.

Yale's lineup consists of Emma McBurney, (cox), Andrew Hakanson (stroke), Colin Corcoran (seven), David Walker (six), Thomas Swartz (five), William Zeng (four), Greg Hausheer (three), Brendan Harrington (two), and Trey Chandler (bow).

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity.