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Bulldogs Take First at Head of the Housatonic

Varsity eight rows to medal dock. (Tim Bennett photo)
Varsity eight rows to medal dock. (Tim Bennett photo)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The Yale women's crew team kicked off its fall season with a strong win at the Head of the Housatonic, on Saturday, Oct. 9. The Bulldogs took first, fifth, eighth and ninth place in the Division I Women's Collegiate Eighths. The team also placed second in the Women's Masters/Open Eighths.


Yale's decisive win in the varsity race indicates that once again the Bulldogs will be a top crew this season. In that race, with a time of 15:47.034, the Yale A boat finished over 19 seconds faster than second-place finisher Radcliffe. The Yale B boat finished fifth with a time of 16:27.081. Yale C and Yale D finished in eighth and ninth place respectively.  The Elis and Radcliffe each took four of the top ten spots with Williams taking third and Fordham A taking seventh to round out the group.


Yale also took second place in the Women's Masters/Open Eighths, behind Saugatuck Rowing Club. Another Yale boat also competed and took tenth place in the race.


The Head of the Housatonic regatta is positive beginning to Yale's year-long upcoming season. Despite once again taking first place in the varsity race, the Bulldogs will continue to view the Housatonic and other fall races as an opportunity to make adjustments and improvements in preparation for another run at the National Championship in the spring.


Full results can be found here.


Yale will continue its racing with the Head of the Charles on Sunday, Oct. 24.


Report by Arsi Sefaj '11, Yale Sports Publicity