PRINCETON, N.J. – The Yale lightweight crew team got off to a quick start Saturday on Lake Carnegie, where they won all four races against the Naval Academy. In doing so, the varsity eight retained the Johnson Cup, winning for the second straight year. Captain David Walker was pleased with the day, but believes that there is still a lot of work to be done.
"We had a good season opener against Navy and look forward to building our speed from here on out," said Walker. "The first race of the season is always tough, especially against a great competitor like Navy, but the younger rowers stepped up well and performed at the varsity level.
In the first race of the day, the Yale third varsity boat lined up in lane two, against both the Navy third varsity as well as the Navy second freshmen. After taking an early lead, the Yale boat fought off several Navy surges to finish 2.6 seconds ahead. Their time on the day was 6:35.1 compared to Navy's third varsity's time of 6:37.7 and Navy's second freshmen's time of 6:38.4.
Following this race, the Yale freshmen took an early lead, established a strong rhythm and steadily pulled away from the Navy crew. The freshmen finished in 6:25.1, ahead of Navy's time of 6:50.7. Walker was proud of the freshmen, saying they "performed particularly well in their first official race for Yale."
The Yale second varsity had a similar race as the third varsity, taking a sizeable lead from Navy in the opening strokes, and then holding off Navy surges. The Yale boat eventually pulled away to finish in 6:16.5 while Navy finished in a time of 6:20.7.
In the last event of the day, the varsity eight, Yale retained the Johnson Cup with a nine second win. Similarly to the other Yale crews, the varsity took a large lead early then steadily increased the margin between the two crews. It finished in a time of 6:09.3 compared to Navy in 6:18.3.
Yale is back in action next weekend with a race against MIT and Georgetown on the Charles River in Boston, Mass.
Report filed by Yale Sport Publicity