April 3, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Coming off a spectacular win of four of five races at the Johnson Cup against Navy last weekend, the Yale lightweight crew team is now training in preparation for their next race. This year Bulldogs will host Georgetown and MIT at the Gilder Boathouse in Derby, Conn., for the annual James C. Joy Cup race. If the Elis are victorious in Saturday's race, it will be the 30th consecutive year that Yale has held the Joy Cup.
Last year, the Bulldogs handily won the Joy Cup, defeating MIT and Georgetown in all four races. The first varsity boat took first place, finishing 9.97 seconds ahead of Georgetown and 16.56 seconds ahead of MIT. In the junior varsity race, the second varsity boat and the third varsity boat came in first and second place respectively, with Georgetown taking third place. Meanwhile, the first freshman boat easily defeated Georgetown by 12.20 seconds and MIT by 28.77 seconds.
Yet despite its previous successes, the Y150 squad is not taking this year's race lightly. Georgetown especially is expected to have a tough team this year. At last year's Eastern Sprints, the Yale freshmen won the gold, but the Georgetown freshmen were right behind them to take the silver. This year, those freshmen will be integrated into the varsity program and should help to improve all the Georgetown boats. In fact, earlier this season, in the fall, the Bulldogs lost to Georgetown at the Head of the Charles regatta. The lightweights will look to get even for that loss this weekend and have been training hard all week.
Last weekend, Georgetown raced Princeton at Lake Carnegie for the Fosburgh Cup and the Hoyas showed by their performance that they have the ability to be very competitive this year. The Hoyas rowed well, narrowly losing to the Tigers by 5.6 seconds in the varsity race and 1 second in the junior varsity race. This Saturday, after the conclusion of the Joy Cup race, Georgetown will go back to Lake Carnegie to race Columbia and Harvard.
Said captain Daniel Ensslen, "We are all very excited to race Georgetown and MIT this weekend at what should prove to be some great racing at all levels. I think we have made some great improvements in practice this week and it will be exciting to see if they translate into some serious speed gains on the river.
Racing begins on Saturday at 9:00 am at the Gilder Boathouse.
Report Filed by Arsi Sefaj '11, Yale Sports Publicity