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Lightweights Kick Off Fall Season with Strong Results

Yale Varsity (Photo courtesy of Row2k)
Yale Varsity (Photo courtesy of Row2k)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale lightweight crew team posted strong results in its first regatta of the year, the Head of the Housatonic, held on Yale's home river in Derby, Conn. All boats posted fast times in the changing conditions. With almost every athlete racing twice, the regatta was a valuable opportunity for the athletes to gain racing experience going forward.

In the first race of the day, junior Peter Bridgwater finished fourth in the 1x event, posting a time of 17:46. Also racing in the men's lightweight 1x event were Coaches Andy Card and Ian Duthie, who finished second and fourth respectively. The next race was the open men's 2-. Yale, entering two pairs, finished third and fourth in times of 18:11 and 18:43. Yale also entered an eight in the collegiate novice event, finishing sixth in 16:16.

In the afternoon, Yale entered three eights in the Collegiate Men's 8+ event, finishing first, third and sixth. All the boats used strong starts to get into quick rhythms. The top eight finished in 13:27, winning by 20 seconds over the top Yale heavyweight crew boat. The next Yale boat finished in 13:49, narrowly missing second place by two seconds. The third eight finished in 14:11.

In addition, Yale entered four fours in the Collegiate Men's 4+ event. The Yale boats finished in second, fourth, fifth and seventh, posing times of 15:33, 15:38, 16:01 and 16:18 respectively.

Captain William Ferraro was pleased with the results of the regatta. "It was great to have everyone compete," he said. "The freshman and sophomores stepped up very well, racing in varsity boats for the first time. We learned a great deal about what we can improve on in the next two weeks. We look forward to challenge of picking up speed."

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. 21 in Boston.

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity