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Yale Varsity
Yale Varsity

BOSTON – On a perfect October Sunday, there was plenty of action at the 48th Head of the Charles Regatta, held annually in Boston. The two Yale lightweight fours posted the top two collegiate times in the lightweight fours event, finishing in second and third. Following this strong start, the lightweight eight improved on last year's fifth place finish with a fourth place finish.

In the first event of the day, the Yale earned a second place finish in 16:56.9, finishing less than two seconds behind New York Athletic Club, the defending champion. Yale used a strong start to move on NYAC, however NYAC fought back and proved to be too much for Yale. Rowing in the NYAC boat was Colin Corcoran '11, a member of the Yale 2011 National Championship boat. In addition, the second Yale boat finished in third place with a time of 17:39.6. This marks the third year in a row that two Yale crews have been the top two collegiate finishers in the event, as well as the eighth year in a row that Yale has earned the top collegiate time.

In the lightweight eights event, Yale finished fourth in a time of 14:59.7, improving on last year's fifth place finish. The Bulldogs narrowly missed third place, finishing less than two second behind Princeton. The race was won by Harvard in a time of 14:35.7.

"It was good to test our speed against our league opponents," said Captain William Ferraro. "Once again the underclassmen did a great job under pressure. We learned a great deal in this race and look forward to the upcoming weeks."

"The two freshmen in our boat did a great job," added senior oarsmen Thomas Swartz, "especially Eli Block, who steered a great course in his first time on the notoriously difficult Charles River."

Yale will end its fall season next Sunday, Oct. 28, at the Princeton Three-Mile Chase, held on Lake Carnegie, in Princeton, N.J.

Report Filed by Yale Sports Publicity