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Lightweights Sweep Dartmouth, Reclaim Durand Cup

Yale Varsity and the Durand Cup
Yale Varsity and the Durand Cup

DERBY, Conn. – Racing at home on the Housatonic River, the Yale lightweight crew team swept Dartmouth. By winning the varsity race outright for the first time since 2009, the team also regained the Durand Cup, named for former Yale rower and coach, Loyal Durand. Both teams enjoyed the fast spring conditions that the morning offered.

The first race of the day was the first freshmen. Yale took a lead using a quick start and then used a strong rhythm to continue to move ahead of Dartmouth. The Bulldogs established an open water margin and held that through the finish, winning the race in 5:53.5. Dartmouth was 6.2 seconds back, finishing in 5:59.7.

The next race was the second varsity. The second varsity got off to a clean start and used a strong move to open up the race and grow their lead. Yale ended up winning by 13.4 seconds, their largest margin so far this year. Yale posted a time of 5:53.8 compared to Dartmouth's time of 6:07.3.

The marquee event of the day was the varsity eights race. Yale was looking to outright win the race for the first time since 2009. In 2010, the teams battled to a dead heat, while Dartmouth was victorious in 2011 and 2012. This year, Yale used a powerful start to gain an early lead, but its early efforts did not shake Dartmouth, who countered Yale's moves. But, Yale steadily moved ahead of Dartmouth in the second half and used a strong sprint to seal the race, winning by 3.0 seconds. Yale finished in 5:40.1, compared to Dartmouth, who finished in 5:43.1. By winning the race, Yale also claimed the Durand Cup.

The final race of the day was the third varsity. The Bulldogs stretched their lead from the start and continued to push ahead the entire race en route to a definitive victory. Yale finished in a time of 5:57.7, while Dartmouth finished way back in 6:40.1.

The Bulldogs hit the road next weekend, traveling to Princeton, N.J., to race against Harvard and Princeton, on Apr. 20, in the annual H-Y-P regatta. At stake are the Goldthwait and Vogel Cups.

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity