May 13, 2010
No. 6 Yale Gearing Up For Eastern Sprints
Bulldogs Seek Second Straight Ivy League Title And
Fourth In Six Years
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's crew varsity eight
has won three of the last five Eastern Sprints titles. In two of
those years, Yale was beaten during the regular season. The
Bulldogs hope for a similar result in 2010. On Apr. 17, Princeton
cruised to a nearly seven-second victory over Yale. The Bulldogs
look to avenge that loss and stay faster than the rest of a deep
field on Sunday on the Cooper River in Cherry Hill, N.J. The
morning heats begin at 8 a.m. and the last event, the varsity eight
grand final, is scheduled for 4:55 p.m.
All five Yale boats that will compete at the Sprints are
seeded in the top three and the Bulldogs are ranked sixth in the
nation in the latest CRCA-US Rowing poll. Nevertheless, head coach
Will Porter doesn't believe his team has reached its full potential
“This year has been a struggle to find continuity and
flow to our work as a team,” Porter said. “There have
been multiple starts and stops in speed but no real steady build.
To the team's credit, they have hung in there and kept working. I
wouldn't count us out.”
The top Ivy League finisher in the varsity eight wins the Ivy
title and receives the Sally P. Shoemaker Trophy. The Charles
Willing Jr. Trophy is awarded for overall team supremacy. Yale has
won the Willing Trophy in two of the last three years.
After losing to Princeton, Yale's varsity eight rebounded to
defeat both Radcliffe and Brown. The Bulldogs are seeded second
behind Princeton and race Rutgers, Penn, Columbia, Bucknell and
Georgetown in the morning heat at 8:50 a.m. The top two finishers
advance to the grand final.
Yale's probable lineup is Dara Dickson, Stephanie Madner,
Catherine Hart, Caroline Nash, Maren McCrea, Alice Henly, Tess
Gerrand, Taylor Ritzel and coxswain Mia Kanak.
Yale's second varsity is seeded third and faces George
Washington, Dartmouth, Columbia, Syracuse and Georgetown in its
heat at 9:30 a.m.
The probable lineup is Catherine McDermott, Mary Jo Toothman,
Kathryn D'Andrea, Natalie King, Armine Afeyan, Kathleen O'Keefe,
Allix Wilde, Eliza Hastings and coxswain Sarah Brownlee.
The Bulldogs have won the varsity four grand final in each of
last three years. They are seeded third this time and race against
Georgetown, Bucknell, Boston University, Penn and George Washington
at 10:05 a.m.
In the boat are Amanda Grady, Alexandra Fields, Elizabeth
McDermott, Mary Pat Wixted and coxswain Erica Segall.
Yale's third varsity eight of Brittany Bowman, Ryan McCarthy,
Melissa Weigel, Lauren Ross, Emily Tormey, Lily Blair, Mary
Barrosse-Antle, Katherine Dyke and coxswain Margaret Ayers will be
the first to race. The Bulldogs, seeded third, face Dartmouth,
Bucknell and Radcliffe at 8:20 a.m.
Yale's second varsity four is seeded second and races Boston
College, Radcliffe, Cornell, Penn and George Washington at 10:25
The probable lineup is Laura Gottesdiener, Julia Jolliffe,
Nikki Grigg, Georgia Separovich and coxswain Yassmin Parsaei.
“Sunday is all about taking the next step in all our
crews,” Porter said. “We need fast starts, more dynamic
base speed, good moves and a sprint. If we can do all that, we will
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports