June 2, 2012

Lightweights Finish Third at National Championships

CAMDEN, N.J. – The Yale lightweight crew teamed earned a bronze medal this afternoon at the IRA National Championships held on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J. After finishing fourth both three weeks ago at the Eastern Sprints and in the morning heat, the Bulldogs managed to move up one place to finish on the podium.

In the morning, the Yale varsity eight raced in a heat along with the six other crews in order to determine heats for the afternoon final. Yale finished less than a second off Harvard, recording a time of 5:47.5. Behind Harvard was Dartmouth in second, Princeton in third, with Yale in fourth. Then in the afternoon final, Yale used a strong start to be among the early leaders. Using powerful moves, the Bulldogs were in the pack at the halfway mark, even with Georgetown for third place. But, the Bulldogs proved to be too much for Georgetown, moving away from them and finishing in third. The race was won by Harvard in 5:33.1, with Dartmouth earning silver in 5:34.0. Yale finished in a time of 5:36.6. Behind Yale were Georgetown, Cornell, Princeton and Columbia.

The Bulldogs also raced in the lightweight four. In their morning heat, Yale finished third behind Wisconsin and Cornell to advance to the finals. Then, in the finals, Yale finished in a time of 6:25.2 in fourth place. The race was won by Navy in 6:18.1, with Cornell in second and Wisconsin in third.

In addition, Yale raced another four in the varsity four event. Even though the lightweights were racing in a heavyweight division, they held their own against a tough field. In the heats, Yale finished fifth behind winner Brown. This forced them to race in reps, where they finished third to California to advance to the semifinals. Then in the semifinals, Yale finished sixth behind eventual winner Washington to qualify for the petite finals. Finally, the Bulldogs finished the petite finals in a time of 5:41.2, less than five seconds off of winner Princeton. This earned them 12th place in the varsity four event out of 18 teams.

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity

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