PRINCETON, N.J. – The No. 2 Yale lightweight crew team prevailed in its double header today, beating No. 6 Columbia and No. 9 Penn in the morning before beating No. 4 Cornell in the afternoon. The varsity eight retained the Dodge Cup with a 2.1 second victory over Columbia. In all, Yale won six of eight races on the day, sweeping the first varsity, second varsity, and first freshmen. The Bulldogs enjoyed great weather and conditions in all races, racing at Columbia's home course in the morning, before moving to Carnegie Lake in Princeton, N.J. to race Cornell on a neutral site.
In the first race of the morning, the Yale first freshmen used a fast start and a strong rhythm to steadily pull away from the Penn freshmen, winning by 6.8 seconds. They finished in a time of 6:15.9, followed by Penn in 6:22.7 and Columbia in 6:32.0.
Next, in the second varsity race, Columbia and Yale were locked in a tight battle for the first half of the race before Yale used a strong move to pull away in the second half, finishing in 6:09.6. Columbia was second in 6:16.1 with Penn further back in 6:36.9.
In the first varsity race, Yale used a strong start to get ahead of Columbia and then used a steady rhythm to counter any Columbia moves to win by 2.1 seconds. Yale finished in 5:57.3 compared to Columbia in 5:59.4 and Penn in 6:12.2.
In the last race of the morning, the Yale third varsity took on the Penn third varsity. Penn used a late lead change to win in 6:41.1 compared to Yale's 6:45.6.
Then, in the afternoon, Yale traveled to Princeton, N.J. to take on Cornell. In the first race, the Yale third varsity fell to Cornell's third varsity. Yale finished in 6:28.9 while Cornell finished in 6:00.8.
Next, the first freshmen race followed a similar pattern as the morning, The freshmen got off to a quick start and used several moves to win in 5:57.0. Cornell finished in 5:59.3.
In the second varsity race, Yale again used a strong start to get ahead of Cornell and then countered all of Cornell's moves to stay ahead, winning by 3.2 seconds. Yale finished in 5:50.2 while Cornell finished in 5:53.4.
Finally, in the last race of the day, Yale's first varsity got into a strong rhythm early to systematically pull away from Cornell. Yale finished in 5:48.1 compared to Cornell, who finished in 5:53.5
The Bulldogs are back in action next weekend, traveling to Hanover, N.H. to take on Dartmouth.
Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity