Yale Cruises In All Five Races
DERBY, Conn. – The Yale women’s crew, ranked fourth in the nation, kept right on rolling Saturday in its first race of the spring season at Gilder Boathouse. The Bulldogs cruised to victories in all five races against No. 20 Dartmouth and Boston University on the Housatonic River. Yale won the varsity eight to capture the Class of 1985 Cup for the 11th straight year.
“The conditions were very fast. There was a strong tailwind, so it was hard to open too big a gap,” said Yale head coach Will Porter. “We’re learning a little more about ourselves each week, and we’re trying to close in our top speed.”
In the varsity eight race, the Bulldogs built an early lead. The crews rowed evenly for the next 500 meters before Yale pulled away. The Bulldogs finished in 5:58.50, nearly four seconds ahead of second-place Dartmouth. BU was third.
Yale’s second varsity had the most convincing win of the day. The Bulldogs came in at 6:12.30, almost 12 seconds faster than second-place Dartmouth.
Yale’s varsity four topped second-place Boston University by nearly seven seconds.
The Bulldogs also won the third varsity eight and second varsity four races.
Yale gets a big test next Saturday. The Bulldogs face No. 1 Virginia and No. 6 Princeton on Lake Carnegie in New Jersey.
“That will be a big race,” Porter said. “I’m sure a lot of people around the country are going to be watching. For us, though, there really is no bad result because of the competition. Our number one priority remains to go as fast as we can.”
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity