May 11, 2009

No. 5 Lightweights Place Fifth at EARC Sprints, Third in Ivy League

May 10, 2009

WORCESTER, Mass. - The No. 5 Yale men's lightweight crew team had an eventful day of rowing at the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges Sprints, in Worcester, Mass. The first varsity eight came in fifth place, behind No. 1 Princeton, No. 2 Harvard, No. 4 Georgetown and No. 3 Navy, narrowly defeating defending champion No. 6 Cornell. Since the Eastern Sprints serve as the de facto Ivy League Championship, the Bulldogs' finish puts them in third place among Ivy League crews.

The varsity boat of junior Stephen Dobeck (coxswain), sophomore Carl Nunziato (stroke), senior Mikkel Krenchel (seven), sophomore Andrew Hakanson (six), sophomore Colin Corcoran (five), senior Daniel Ensslen (four), senior Philip Lang (three), junior Noah McColl (two), junior Brendan McCook (bow) recorded a time of 5:50.000, 8.57 seconds behind first-place Princeton.

Meanwhile, the second varsity eight boat was able to take home the gold medal in the junior varsity race, defeating the second place finisher, Navy, by a margin of almost four seconds. The boat was comprised of sophomore Erin Anderson (coxswain), senior Simon Goldman (stroke), junior John Grunyk (seven), junior Adam Lukasiewicz (six), junior Michael Jonas (five), junior Jeremy Hopkins (four), senior Andrew Kaiser (three), senior James Johnson (two), and sophomore Samuel Cooley (bow).

The first freshman eight boat came in third place in a close race, losing to Cornell and Harvard. The freshman eight boat only lost to two crews all year, and had actually beaten Harvard earlier, before losing to them today. The third varsity boat, after having gone undefeated all season, raced hard, but lost to Harvard by a margin of over three seconds. They came in third place, losing the silver to Cornell by just .04 seconds. Finally, the second freshman eight boat placed fifth and the lightweight four boat took second place.

Head Coach Andy Card said he was proud of all the Bulldog crews for their performances today. He added, "I was especially proud of the junior varsity boat's performance. The JV crew dominated the sprints by open water. They have done a great job all year, no matter what the situation, and today's performance was a remarkable achievement."

The Bulldogs also finished second for the Jope Cup in overall points, losing to Harvard by a score of 32-31.

Coach Card finished by saying, "I am proud of the varsity boat. They have some good rows under their belts, but they have gone through a period of struggle, however we aren't done yet, by any stretch."

Full results can be found here.

Report By Arsi Sefaj '11, Yale Sports Publicity

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