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Lightweights Ready to Defend Joy Cup

Yale Varsity (photo courtesy of Row2k)
Yale Varsity (photo courtesy of Row2k)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale lightweight crew team will host Georgetown and MIT at home this Saturday, Apr. 6. The crews will race on Yale's home course on the Housatonic River, in Derby, Conn. Yale and MIT will race for the Joy Cup, with Georgetown participating as an invited guest. Yale has captured the Joy Cup for the last 33 years. The Joy Cup is named after legendary Yale lightweight coach Jimmy Joy, and was donated in Jimmy's honor by his loyal oarsmen in 1972.

Last week, Yale opened its season with a sweep of Navy and captured the Johnson Cup for the third straight year with a 14-second victory in the varsity race. The second varsity eight, first freshmen eight and third varsity four all won their races. Georgetown and MIT have both raced twice this year. MIT raced against both Delaware and Penn last weekend, defeating Delaware and falling to Penn. Georgetown raced against Princeton last weekend and Delaware two weekends ago, defeating Delaware and falling to Princeton.

At last year's Joy Cup race, the Bulldogs won all four races, highlighted by the varsity winning a close race, finishing 1.9 seconds ahead of Georgetown.

The schedule of events is as follows:

9:00 AM: Second Freshmen Four

9:20 AM: Third Varsity Four

9:40 AM: First Freshmen Eight

10:00 AM: Second Varsity Eight

10:20 AM: First Varsity Eight         

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity