October 28, 2007

Flashes of Speed: Bulldogs Busy at Princeton Chase

Oct. 28, 2007

PRINCETON, N.J. - Eleven Yale boats raced in the Princeton Chase, Sunday. Bulldog boats competed in the Lightweight Eights, the Heavyweight Eights, the Lightweight Fours and the Open Pairs. A seventh place finish in the Lightweight Eights and a second place finish in the Open Pairs provided the highlights from the busy afternoon. Like a week prior's Head of the Charles, the regatta provided the chance for many rowers to gain experience and to test their endurance.

"We had eleven boats race today," head coach Andy Card said. "When you have that many race you have mixed results. We had a very even day of racing. In rowing, when you have even boats that means you have boats with similar speeds. We didn't really have a top boat today. We wanted to mix it up a little bit and see if people could race above their heads a little bit."

In the Lightweight Eights, the 1V of Michael Jonas (stroke), Spencer Salovaara (seven), Tyler Borek (six), Charles Colon (five), Andrew Kaiser (four), Robert Casey (three), Greg Hopkins (two), Foster Hays (bow) and Manuel Gonzales-Luna (cox) finished seventh in a time of 13:51.688. Yale entered two other boats in the race, which finished 16th and 26th.

In the Open Pairs, seniors Peter Reiser (stroke) and Alex Rothmeier (bow) finished second with a time of 16:01.455. Three other Bulldog boats competed in the event, finishing fifth, sixth and seventh.

"We raced up today and did very well," Card added. "In terms of our long term development, I think we're right on track. We've shown some flashes of speed but nothing coherent."

The Bulldogs had three boats race in the Lightweight Fours: the 1V claimed eighth (15:24.116); the 2V took 23rd (16:03.939); and the 3V snagged ninth (15:28.887). The eighth place finishing 1V was manned by Andrew Kaiser (stroke), Jeremy Hopkins (three), Philip Lang (two), Tyler Borek (bow) and Manuel Gonzales-Luna (cox).

The Elis even entered a boat in the Heavyweight Eights. The boat of Noah McColl (stroke), Brendan McCook (seven), Alex Rothmeier (six), Peter Reiser (five), Richard Littlehale (four), Philip Lang (three), John Grunyk (two), Jeremy Hopkins (bow) and Steven Dobeck (cox) finished tenth with a time of 13:34.549. The time would have been good enough for fifth place in the Lightweight Eights.

Yale will travel to Hanover, N.H. for the Green Monster on Nov. 3.

Report filed by Nicholas Thorne '08, Yale Sports Publicity

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