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Elis Fall Short in Boston

(photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)
(photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)

BOSTON, Mass. — It was a difficult day on the Charles for Yale Lightweight Crew, as all crews were defeated by either Harvard or Princeton. Battling poor conditions and tough opposition, the Elis were unable to meet the weekend's objectives. The race brings to an end the Bulldog's regular season. The crew now gears up for the post-season: the Eastern Sprints will be held in Worcester, Mass., on May 18th, followed by the IRA National Championships in Mercer, N.J., on June 1st. 

Saturday's racing began early with the Bulldogs racing against both Princeton and Harvard in the fourth varsity/second freshmen event. The Elis jumped out to a quick start, and held level with the Tigers through the first 500m. The Tigers settled into a faster base speed, however, and edged away from the Bulldogs down the course. Yale held their own, and continued to pull away from the Crimson in third. Yale finished second in 6:23.0, thirteen seconds ahead of Harvard.

Next, the first freshmen eight took to the course to contest the Class of 2011 Freshmen Bowl against an undefeated Harvard crew. Princeton did not field a first freshmen eight. Despite having made good progress in recent weeks, the Bulldogs were edged to the line by 2.9 seconds. With their season culminating at Eastern Sprints, the freshmen will be looking to close that margin in the weeks ahead.

The second varsity raced next against an undefeated Princeton crew and No. 3 Harvard. Yale started cleanly, with Princeton pushing out to an early lead. The Tigers, despite a strong effort from the Elis, were able to pull away as the race went on. Yale finished the race third, less than two seconds back of Harvard. 

The final race of the day was the first varsity eight. The closely contested race began with a strong start from the Elis, with Yale leading by a five-seat margin crossing the 500m mark. As the crews approached the halfway mark, the Tigers began to cut into Yale's lead: pulling even with 800 meters remaining. The Elis then fell behind by half a length going into the final sprint, but closed on Princeton as the crews approached the finish. The Bulldogs fell inches short of a comeback, however, finishing 0.3 seconds back of Princeton. Harvard were third, 5.8 seconds behind. 

Yale is back in action in three weeks at the Eastern Sprints, where all crews will get another opportunity to test their speed. The regatta will be held on Lake Quinsigamond, in Worcester, Mass.

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity