April 13, 2013

Lightweights Retain Dodge Cup

PHILADELPHIA – The No. 2 Yale lightweight crew team enjoyed fast and favorable conditions on the Schulykill River, in Philadephia, Saturday afternoon, for its races against Columbia and Penn. In all, Yale won three of four races on the day, including a 5.9 second victory in the varsity race. With this victory, Yale retained the Dodge Cup for the 10th straight year.

In the first race of the day, the Yale third varsity four took on the Penn third varsity four. Yale used a quicker start to move ahead, but the Penn four held strong for the first 1000 meters. The Bulldogs then used a strong move to break away from Penn and ended up winning in 6:59.4. Penn was 6.6 seconds back, finishing in 7:07.

Next, in third varsity eight, Yale did not enter a boat. Columbia won the event in 6:04.8. Penn finished second in 6:13.3.

In the first freshmen eight, Yale again used a quick start to gain an early advantage, but Penn fought back and the two boats were very close at the halfway mark. However, Yale was not able to respond to a strong Penn move and fell back. Penn won the race in 5:48.3, with Yale finishing in 5:53.4.

The next race was the second varsity eight. Using a strong start, the Bulldogs blasted off the line and quickly established a strong rhythm. Yale finished the race in 5:45.8, winning by 4.4 seconds. Columbia finished second in 5:50.2, with Penn further back, finishing in 6:02.5.

In the final race of the day, the No. 2 Yale varsity eight competed against No. 5 Columbia and No. 7 Penn. The Bulldogs used a strong start to get ahead of Columbia and then used a steady rhythm to counter any Columbia moves to win by 5.9 seconds. Yale finished in 5:30.5, Columbia finished in 5:36.4 and Penn finished in 5:39.9.

Yale now travels to Ithaca, N.Y., to compete in the second race of its double header. Yale will race against Cornell tomorrow, Sunday, on Lake Cayuga.

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity.