October 21, 2007

Moving On Up: Elis Race Well at Head of the Charles

Oct. 21, 2007

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Moving up was the theme of the weekend for the Yale Lightweight Crew at the 43rd Head of the Charles Regatta. Yale boats placed second in the Lightweight Fours, fourth in the Club Eights, eighth in the Lightweight Eights, and sixteenth in the Lightweight Eights. In each case, the Yale boat finished in a higher position than they had started. Starting positions at the Head of the Charles are determined by a team's finish the prior year.

"You always want to move up at the Head of the Charles," head coach Andy Card said. "So I think everybody raced in the way that we've been trying to develop them over the course of the fall."

In the Lightweight Fours, the Bulldogs, who started fourth, took second in 16:32.524. The finish placed them first among all collegiate boats. Only the New York Athletic Club boat (16:29.091) outpaced the Elis. The third place boat from the Western Rowing Club finished nearly 14 seconds after the Yale boat.

In the Lightweight Eights, the Yale 1V claimed eighth with a time of 15:05.536. Princeton (fourth), Navy (fifth) and Cornell (sixth) were the only collegiate boats to outpace the Bulldogs. The Yale boat of Michael Jonas (stroke), Jeremy Hopkins (seven), John Grunyk (six), Spencer Salovaara (five), Tyler Borek (four), Philip Lang (three), Gregory Hopkins (two), Foster Hays (one), and Manuel Gonzales-Luna (cox) moved up from starting 12th.

The raced marked the first time that brothers Jeremy and Gregory Hopkins have rowed together in a competition.

The Yale 2V placed 16th in the Lightweight Eights, improving from starting 23rd, with a time of 15:30.368.

"The day was deceptively hard," Card said. "The weather was gorgeous--beautiful and warm. But the wind was pretty tricky at the end of the race, which the guys handled well."

On Saturday in the Club Eights, the Yale boat placed fourth in 15:30.058 and only missed the medal stand by 0.321 seconds.

"Everyone came off the water thinking that they had a good race but could go faster," Card concluded.

The Bulldogs next travel to Princeton, N.J. for the Princeton Chase on Oct. 28.

Report filed by Nicholas Thorne '08, Yale Sports Publicity