NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale lightweight rowing team continued to build on the successes of the early season with wins over Columbia and Pennsylvania. By winning the first varsity eight race, Yale retains the Marcellus Hartley Dodge Cup.
Conditions were ideal for racing on the Housatonic, Saturday morning, with flat water, a small headwind and low current.
Yale was prepared for challenging racing. The Dodge cup typically produces highly competitive results between some of the nation's strongest crews. Additionally, both Coaches Parker and Farrell have experience coaching on the Housatonic. Today was no different, with both Columbia and Penn mounting a strong challenge.
The first race of the day was the first varsity event. Both Pennsylvania and Columbia were fast out of the blocks, but the Yale crew was just a little faster. As the race unfolded all three crews continued to push each other with Yale managing to take advantage. Yale won in a time of 5:44.1, over Penn 5:46.1, over Columbia 5:50.0.
Shortly afterwards, the Yale 2V delivered a win. They established a small lead over Columbia, which they built upon through the race. Yale finished first in a time of 5:53.8, over Columbia 5:58.7, over Penn 6:01.7.
Drama unfolded at the 1000m mark of the third varsity eight race as Yale's third varsity eight missed the third set of turning buoys. Due to this infraction, the Yale eight was disqualified. Nonetheless, they displayed their speed. Yale finished 9.4 seconds over Columbia, 17.6 over Penn. Times were not taken.
Yale's 4V, in a similar fashion to their compatriots, lead the race from start to finish. The Yale 4V placed first in a time of 6:19.1, over Penn 6:39.3
In the final race of the morning, Yale and Pennsylvania contested the 5V4 race. Penn got off to a strong start, hanging with Yale through the first half of the race. Around the turn, however, the Yale crew began to move away and continued to do so for the rest of the race. Times were not taken for this race.
Yale now has a week to prepare for the Durand Cup, which is contested against Dartmouth.
Full results can be viewed here.
Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity