Johnson Cup Returns to Derby

Yale Retains the Eads Johnson Trophy
Yale Retains the Eads Johnson Trophy

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Yale lightweight crew made their season-opening appearance on Lake Carnegie on Saturday, taking home dominant wins in each of the first, second and third varsity eights. A win in the first varsity eight means Yale retains the Eads Johnson Cup and extends their lead in the series to 10-4.

Conditions were tough in Princeton, boasting a consistent headwind of 10-13 mph as well as some solid chop in the first 1km. Today's conditions resulted in slow times for all crews, but there was no delay to racing as a result. The Naval Academy, having captured the Murtaugh Cup from Princeton a week prior, posed a strong challenge to the Bulldogs. Similarly, previous matchups have offered very close racing between the Bulldogs and the Midshipmen. 

Racing got underway at 4:00 p.m. with the fourth varsity race, which the Midshipmen captured. The two crews got off level at the beginning of the race but Navy's 4V rowed consistently away from Yale who was unable to mount a challenge. Navy won the race in a time of 6:27.2 over Yale 6:42.2.

Next however, was the third varsity eight race, who turned the day in Yale's favor. The Bulldog crew established an early lead and continued to push, opening about a length of open water at the halfway point. The Bulldogs continued to move with a strong finishing push clocking a time of 6:24.8, ahead of Navy 6:32.1.

The second varsity eight race boasted the closest racing of the day. The Bulldogs, in similar fashion to their compatriots, had a strong start, gaining a small advantage over the Midshipmen. At the 1000m mark, the crew had established a lead of a small amount of open water. Yale finished in a time of 6:14.8, ahead of Navy 6:20.8.

In the final race of the day, Yale had a similar performance. Yale led the race from start to finish, continuing to move away from the Navy crew throughout the race. Yale finished in a time of 6:05.3, some 11-seconds ahead of Navy, 6:17.0.

Y150 Commodore William Van Fossen spoke of his excitement from the spring debut: "We are pleased with our performances today and are looking forward to getting back to work on the Housatonic this week. It is exciting to see the freshman deliver the same great standard on race day as they have shown through practice in their first spring race for Yale."

Yale now has a week to prepare to defend the Joy Cup, contested between the Bulldogs, Georgetown and M.I.T.

Report Filed by Yale Sports Publicity