Lightweight Crew to Compete for Ivy League Championship

Lightweight Crew to Compete for Ivy League Championship

May 15, 2008

WORCESTER, Mass. - The Yale men's lightweight crew will head to Lake Quinsigamond on Sunday, May 18 to compete at the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges (EARC) Eastern Sprints. This will be the first of the crew's championship races, and it serves as the team's Ivy League Championship. Traditionally, the highest placing Ivy League crew in the varsity eight event is awarded the Ivy League Championship, and the individual members of the boat are given All-Ivy status.

The lightweight EARC is comprised of the following varsity crews: No. 7 Columbia, No. 4 Cornell, No. 5 Dartmouth, No. 11 Delaware, No. 6 Georgetown, No. 8 Harvard, No. 9 MIT, No. 10 Penn, No. 1 Princeton, No. 3 Navy and No. 2 Yale.

Teams will compete in 2000 meter trial heats in the morning to place themselves in finals for the afternoon. The number of teams that advances from each heat depends on the number of entries in the event. The finals, also 2000 meters, are broken into a grand, petite, and third final. Finals are made up of six teams, so if a race has three heats of six, the top two teams from each heat advance to the grand final. The team that wins the most points in the varsity, junior varsity, and freshman races is awarded the Jope Cup.

Last year, Yale's varsity eight won the petite final. The second varsity eight got the silver medal in the grand final, and the third varsity eight took third in its grand final. At the freshman level, the first eight won gold in its grand final, and the second eight took third in its final.

Yale's heats for Sunday morning are as follows:

First Varsity Eight (11:12 a.m.):

No. 2 Yale
No. 3 Navy
No. 6 Georgetown
No. 7 Columbia
No. 10 Penn
No. 11 Delaware

Second Varsity Eight (10:24 a.m.):

No. 2 Yale
No. 3 Cornell
No. 6 Harvard
No. 7 Georgetown
No. 10 Penn

Freshmen Eight (9:12 a.m.):

No. 1 Yale
No. 4 Harvard
No. 5 Princeton
No. 8 Cornell
No. 9 Penn

Due to the small number of entries in the lightweight second freshman eight event and third varsity eight event, both Yale crews have already secured a spot in their grand finals:

Second Freshman Eight (1:40 p.m.):

No. 1 Navy
No. 2 Harvard
No. 3 Cornell
No. 4 Delaware
No. 5 Yale
No. 6 MIT

Third Varisty Eight (2:09 p.m.):

No. 1 Yale
No. 2 Navy
No. 3 Princeton
No. 4 Cornell
No. 5 Harvard
No. 6 Dartmouth

The races can be listened to live by clicking here.

Report filed by Charles Moore `10, Yale Sports Publicity