Yale Notches First Victory Over A Ranked Opponent
ITHACA, N.Y. – It’s been a difficult stretch for the Yale women’s crew. First, there was the rising water on the Housatonic River at the Gilder Boathouse from a heavy rainstorm early in the week. Then several team members came down with a stomach virus that kept them from being at full strength for a busy weekend of racing. Through it all, though, the Bulldogs persevered. On Saturday on the Cayuga Inlet, Yale faced its first test against a nationally ranked opponent this season and passed with flying colors. The Bulldogs varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four all were victorious over seventh-ranked Michigan State in the morning. Yale then swept Buffalo in the afternoon.
“I’m very proud of the effort from our team,” said Yale head coach Will Porter. “We had to deal with a lot of adversity and handled it very well.”
Against Michigan State, Yale’s varsity eight got off well and had a comfortable lead at the midway point. The Spartans made a push over the second 1,000 meters, but the Bulldogs held them off, finishing in 6:16.3. MSU crossed the line in 6:18.6. Alice Henly, who missed Friday’s race because of illness, was back in the No. 6 seat.
Yale’s second varsity also got off to a strong start and won by an identical 2.3-second margin as the varsity. The Bulldogs finished in 6:37.6
The varsity four cruised to a nearly three-second victory, completing the 2,000-meter course in 7:20.1. The Spartans came in at 7:23.2.
Michigan State captured the second varsity four with a time of 7:31.3. The Bulldogs finished in 7:42.9.
Yale’s third varsity eight was scratched due to illness.
Against Buffalo, Yale cruised to comfortable victories in all four races. The varsity eight won with a time of 6:28.9, nearly 10 seconds faster than the Bulls. The second varsity also had a nearly 10-second winning margin (6:34.3 to 6:45.1). Yale’s varsity four won by almost 25 seconds and the third varsity eight was victorious with a time of 6:54.4.
Today’s races conclude a busy two days for the Bulldogs, who beat Cornell and Syracuse in four of five races on Friday.
“This will help us when we get to the end of the season,” Porter said. “Hopefully we will be battle tested.”
Yale races for the first time at home next Saturday, hosting Boston University and Dartmouth.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity