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Lightweights Defeat Cornell

Yale Varsity
Yale Varsity

ITHACA, N.Y. – The No. 2 Yale lightweight crew team, racing for the second time in as many days, took down No. 3 Cornell to finish a very busy and successful weekend. After beating Columbia and Penn yesterday in Philadelphia, the Bulldogs traveled to Ithaca, N.Y., where the varsity beat Cornell by 3.7 seconds. In all, Yale won three of five races on the day, also winning the first freshmen eight and the varsity four events. Senior varsity oarsman Thomas Swartz was pleased with the way the team executed this weekend.

"I am really happy with the whole team performance throughout the weekend," said Swartz. "Particularly for the freshmen, who bounced back with a great win on Sunday. It takes a great deal of focus to race on two consecutive days, especially in our very competitive league, and I thought our team demonstrated fantastic focus and enthusiasm both days."

In the first race of the day, the Yale third varsity four took on two Cornell third varsity fours. Yale took a small lead off the start, but the Cornell fours hung tough through the first half of the piece. However, the Bulldogs' strong rhythm proved too much to overcome, as Yale won the race in 6:51.7. Cornell A was 11.9 seconds back, finishing in 7:03.6, and Cornell B finished third in 7:09.1.

The next race was the first freshmen race. It was again a close race for the first half, but Yale used a strong move halfway through to gain a lead and held that lead the rest of the race. Yale finished in 5:59.2, with Cornell finishing in 6:02.8.

Next was the first varsity race. The Yale varsity used a fast start to gain an early advantage and then settled into a strong rhythm. Yale then continued to move ahead of Cornell throughout the entire race, winning the race by 3.7 seconds. Yale finished in a time of, 5:54.0, while Cornell finished in a time of 5:57.7. 

In the second varsity race, Yale and Cornell both got off to quick starts. Yale tried to move away with a strong move, but Cornell countered this with a move of its own, which proved to be too much for Yale to handle. Yale put on a strong sprint, but it was not enough, as it lost to the Cornell boat by 2.0 seconds. Cornell won the race in 6:01.3, compared to Yale's time of 6:03.3.

In the last race of the day, the Yale third varsity eight, racing for the second time on the day, took on the Cornell third varsity eight and the Cornell fourth varsity/second freshmen combo boat. The Cornell third varsity took an early lead and countered all of Yale's moves, winning the race in 6:18.5. Yale finished second in 6:26.0, while the second Cornell boat finished third in 6:32.5.

The Bulldogs are at home next weekend, taking on Dartmouth on the Housatonic River, in Derby, Conn.

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity