Lightweights Win Princeton Chase

Oct. 26, 2008

PRINCETON, N.J. - Today was another history-making day at the Three-Mile Chase on Lake Carnegie for the Yale lightweights, as the Y150 won both the men's lightweight eight and the men's open pair. They also took third in the men's lightweight four and freshman eight.

In the eight, Yale's 'A' boat overcame a 7th-place starting position to take first from 2007 champion Navy. The varsity boat of Noah McColl (stroke), Brendan McCook (seven), Daniel Ensslen (six), Adam Lukasiewicz (five), Michael Jonas (four), Philip Lang (three), Carl Nunziato (two), Mikkel Krenchel (bow) and Erin Anderson (coxswain) won the event with a time of 13:30.905. The 'B' crew for Y150 finished best of the 'B's and 7th place overall. Y150 'C' was just 0.8 seconds behind the fastest of the 'C' boats. And Yale 'D' -- a first-ever 'D' entry for Y150 -- rowed hard but finished deep in the pack.

In the lightweight fours event, Yale's four that won the Head of the Charles in the lightweight four a week ago had an amazing run from the 6th starting position. The four found the going good on the first half of the course and passed four boats around the turn. Eventually passing these crews took its toll on the second half of the race. The 'A' 4+ fell from first to finish a strong 3rd. Yale 'B' finished 8th.

The Yale freshmen took to the water for only their second race of the year, and they finished a very respectable third. This finish, along with the first-place finishes by the Yale novice women and freshman heavyweight men, won Yale University the Belly Bowl for Freshman Eights for the second year in a row.

The pair win by Philip Lang and Carl Nunziato marks the second straight win for Y150 in this event. Yale's three other pairs finished 3rd, 5th, and 19th.

The Princeton Chase concludes fall racing for the Yale lightweights. The Bulldogs will race Navy for the Johnson Cup after winter training on March 28, 2009.

Report filed by Dominique Fenton '10, Yale Sports Publicity