No. 2 Yale Lightweights Look to Reclaim Durand Cup

Yale's Varsity Eight (Photo Courtesy Carol Hsin)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 2 Yale lightweight crew team is back in action this Saturday, traveling up to Hanover, N.H., to race No. 5 Dartmouth on the Connecticut River. At stake will be the Durand Cup, which has been awarded to the winner of this race annually since 1958. Yale will look at take back the cup, as it fell to Dartmouth in the varsity race last year.

Last week, Yale successfully completed a double header, winning six of eight races on the day. In the morning against Penn and Columbia, the Yale first varsity, second varsity and first freshmen all finished ahead of their opponents. The varsity was locked in a close race against Columbia, but used strong moves to pull away and win by 2.1 seconds. Similar racing followed in the afternoon, with the Yale first varsity, second varsity and first freshmen all defeating Cornell. The varsity eight rowed a rhythmic piece in finishing 5.4 seconds ahead.

At last year's regatta, Yale won four of five races, however Yale lost by 2.7 seconds in the varsity race to lose the cup. Yale finished ahead in the second varsity, third varsity, first freshmen and fourth varsity races. Last weekend, Dartmouth's varsity lost to Harvard by 4.2 seconds, while the freshmen lost to Harvard's freshmen by 13.6 seconds. However, Dartmouth was able to secure victories in the second varsity race as well as the varsity fours race.

Racing is scheduled to begin at 9 am.

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity.