April 19, 2008

No. 2 Elis Hold Onto Dodge Cup in Morning, Beat Cornell in Afternoon

April 19, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale took home the Dodge Cup Saturday, claiming all three races over boats from Columbia and Penn. The host Bulldogs also took four of five races from the Cornell crew. The Yale 1V won comfortably in the morning session, besting Columbia's 1V by 7.30 seconds and Penn's first boat by 9.93 seconds. In the afternoon, the Eli varsity finished 6.2 seconds ahead of Cornell's top boat. The Bulldog second varsity and freshman boats also won twice. The victory in the Dodge Cup is another in a long line of successes for the Bulldogs against Penn and Columbia: Yale has only lost the Dodge Cup twice since 1978.

The Yale varsity eight of junior Daniel Ensslen (stroke), sophomore Brendan McCook (seven), senior Alexander Rothmeier (six), senior Roman Rezanowicz (five), sophomore Adam Lukasiewicz (four), sophomore Noah McColl (three), junior Mikkel Krenchel (two), sophomore John Grunyk (bow) and sophomore Stephen Dobeck (cox) recorded a time of 5:47.42, good enough for a 7.30 second margin of victory over runner-up Columbia (5:55.02). Penn's 1V crossed in 5:57.35, 9.93 seconds off the pace.

In the Second Varsity 8, the Eli 2V of sophomore Spencer Salovaara (stroke), junior Andrew Kaiser (seven), senior Joseph Beck (six), senior Greg Hopkins (five), senior Peter Reiser (four), senior Joseph Pappalardo (three), sophomore Jeremy Hopkins (two), sophomore Michael Jonas (bow) and senior Manuel Gonzales-Luna (cox) notched a time of 6:02.32, which edged the Yale 3V (6:03.61) by 1.29 seconds. The Columbia 2V crossed in a time of 6:11.64, 9.32 seconds behind the Bulldog 2V.

In the First Freshman 8, the Yale 1F of William Zeng (stroke), Colin Corcoran (seven), Andrew Hakanson (six), Micheal LeFevour (five), Sam Cooley (four), Drew Lawson (three), David Walker (two), Chris Mayerfeld (bow) and Erin Anderson (cox) won in a time of 5:52.71, bettering the Columbia 1F by 6.69 seconds. The Penn 1F (6:01.90) and the Yale 2F (6:29.90) finished third and fourth respectively.

Late Saturday afternoon, the Bulldogs finished their busy day of rowing by taking on Cornell. The Elis claimed four of five races. In the First Varsity race, the Yale 1V won by a 6.2 second margin. The Bulldog 2V and 1F were also winners, by margins of 1.2 and 18.7 seconds respectively. The Yale 3V beat Cornell's 3V by 5.6 seconds, while the Eli 2F fell to the Big Red's second freshman boat by 18.9 seconds.

Difficult conditions made the Housatonic nearly unrowable in the afternoon.

"The wind was 8-11 MPH, gusting to 13-14 MPH," Yale Head Coach Andy Card said. "The headwind picked up a lot of chop and made the conditions almost unrowable in the first 1000 meters. Both crews did a tremendous job in handling the water. We were lucky to get ahead when the water flattened out."

Yale will look to continue its winning ways when it travels to Hanover, N.H. for the Durand Cup against Dartmouth on Apr. 26.

"Dartmouth beat us last year and is coming off of a win over Harvard today," Card said. "We're looking forward to a great race."

Report filed by Nicholas Thorne '08, Yale Sports Publicity