October 8, 2011

Lightweights Post Strong Results on the Housatonic

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale lightweight crew team is off to a quick start to its fall season after Saturday's results. Racing in its first race of the year at the Head of the Housatonic, held on Yale's home river, the varsity boat took first place in two races. The regatta was an opportunity for every member of the crew to gain valuable experience going forward, as almost everyone raced twice.

Yale's top boat posted the fastest times in both the Men's Collegiate 8+ as well as the Men's Masters/Open 8+, with times of 14:34 and 14:22 respectively. In addition, Yale raced two other eights in the Men's Collegiate 8+ event, finishing fifth and seventh in 15:06 and 15:10 respectively, one other eight in the Men's Masters/Open 8+, finishing third in 14:44, as well as three fours in the Men's Collegiate 4+, finishing fourth, fifth and seventh in 17:00, 17:12 and 17:47 respectively.

For head coach Andy Card, "The first race is in some way the biggest leap into the unknown of all our races, and sometimes it's the most fun row of all for that very reason. We haven't rowed as a team since Henley, and although we always lose a senior class we also always gain a sophomore class, and putting the new guys in with the older guys is always an interesting challenge."
 
Even though the lightweights did not win every event, Coach Card was happy with his team's performance. "I think we had some good rows out there," he said, "and the ones that weren't so good were improved upon in the second row. Another reason to like this race is that it whets everyone's appetite for improvement; sometimes some stark results can kick start better performances. I think we'll have a more informed two weeks of practice before the Head of the Charles." 
 
Full results can be found here.
 
The Bulldogs have a weekend off from competition before racing at the Head of the Charles, one of the largest two-day regattas in the world, on Oct. 23 in Boston.
 
Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity