DERBY, Conn. – Battling tough conditions and wind, the Yale lightweight crew team won all four races against Georgetown and MIT this morning on Yale's home course on the Housatonic River in Derby, Conn. The Bulldogs defended the Joy Cup, given to the winner between Yale and MIT, with a 9.1-second victory over MIT. This was the 34th straight year the Bulldogs have retained the Joy Cup. Senior varsity oarsman Thomas Swartz was happy the way the team was able to perform in adverse conditions.
"All the boats handled the wind and the chop very well today," said Swartz. "Coaches Andy Card, Ned DelGuercio and Ian Duthie prepared us well for the race and so we were able to quickly adapt to the changing conditions as the race progressed. We look forward to gaining more speed in the upcoming weeks."
Yale did not enter a boat in the first race of the day, the second freshmen four race. MIT took down Georgetown by 14.1 seconds, finishing in 7:14.2. Georgetown finished in 7:28.3.
In the next race, the Yale third varsity four took on the MIT four. Using a strong opening 500 meters, the Bulldogs established a strong rhythm and moved away from MIT throughout the entire piece. Yale won the race in 6:42.1 compared to MIT's time of 6:54.1.
Next, in the first freshmen race, the Yale boat left no doubt who the faster crew was, easily winning the race by 25 seconds over Georgetown. Yale finished in a time of 5:50.5, while Georgetown finished in a time of 6:15.5.
The closest race of the day was the second varsity race. The Yale boat had a strong start and got out ahead of Georgetown and MIT, however they could not shake MIT, who hung tough for the majority of the race. A strong closing push by the Bulldogs secured the win.
In the last race of the day, the Yale varsity took on Georgetown and MIT. The Bulldogs used a powerful start to take the early lead and establish a strong rhythm. They continued to move away from MIT the entire piece, winning by 9.2 seconds. Georgetown was another seven seconds back. Yale finished in a time of 5:36.0, with MIT finishing at 5:45.2 and Georgetown at 6:11.8.
The Y150 is back in action next week with a double header. They travel to Philadelphia to race against Columbia and Penn on Saturday before traveling to Ithaca, N.Y. to race against Cornell on Sunday.
Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity